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2017 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City


Directed by Justin Chon

USA / 2017 / 95 mins / English, Korean with English subtitles / New York City Premiere


Asia Society
July 26, 2017 7:00 pm


A story of the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, GOOK leaves an impression as unforgettable and powerful as the real footage of the riots that aired on televisions across the nation 25 years ago.

The film follows Eli (Chon) and Daniel (David So), two brothers looking after their late father’s shoe store in a predominately African-American community. As the riots erupt, they find themselves in an unusual situation with a young African-American girl.

Although relations between Korean-Americans and the African-American community were hostile and flammable in 1992 Los Angeles, GOOK showcases a relationship between the two races that was overlooked by the mainstream media.

Used now as a degrading term stemming from the Korean War, “Gook” actually means “Country” in the Korean language. The theme of country is at the forefront of GOOK, with Chon asking the audience what it truly means to be Asian in America.

Opening Night Schedule

6:00PM: VIP Reception

VIP tickets:

  • VIP Reception Tickets: $200 includes admission, food & drink, meet Justin Chon and special festival guests, complimentary AAIFF40 Commemorative T-Shirt.
  • ACV Members, Students (with ID), Seniors, Disabled, and Community Partners VIP Reception tickets: $150 (25% off)

7:00: PM General Admission Reception

  • General Admission Tickets: $80 includes admission, food & drink
  • ACV Members, Students (with ID), Seniors, Disabled, and Community Partners: $60 (25% off)

Screening made possible by: Julie Young and Hj,; Phillip Yam, Asian American Journalists Association NY Chapter; Bora Lee, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.(KCS); Jennifer Kim, Korean American Community Foundation (KACF)

Dates & Times


Asia Society
July 26, 2017 7:00 pm