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Justin Chon aims for cross-cultural understanding with 1992 L.A. riots drama 'Gook'

Justin Chon knows that the title of his new film, “Gook,” doesn’t roll off the tongue easily.

The word’s loaded history as an ugly slur is painfully well known to Koreans, particularly those living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots — people like his own parents, whose Paramount shoe store was hit by looters on the fourth day of the chaos.

But in “Gook,” a character-driven drama set amid the violent aftermath of the ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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