Watch an exclusive clip from Justin Chon's 'Gook'

Award-winning indie drama opens in theaters August 18.

Heads up. Writer/director Justin Chon's acclaimed indie drama Gook opens in theaters on August 18.

Set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the film follows two Korean American brothers, Eli and Daniel, who run their late father's shoe store in a predominantly Black community. The pair strikes up a unique and unlikely friendship with a streetwise 11-year-old girl, Kamila. While Daniel has dreams of his own, Eli struggles to keep the family business afloat. But racial tensions in the neighborhood build to a breaking point, erupting into conflict that threatens their livelihood and tests the meaning of family.

Gook is a stunning, gut-punch of film, full of humor, heart and low-budget scrappiness. It also announces the arrival of one hell of a voice and vision -- didn't I see Justin Chin butt naked in 21 & Over? -- and revelatory performances from its supporting cast, including comedian David So as Daniel, newcomer Simone Baker as Kamila, and even a dramatic turn from Chon's own father.

In this exclusive clip from Gook, Eli and Kamila share a personal moment while the city burns in the distance:

Here's the trailer:

Gook won the Audience Award when it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in limited release in Los Angeles on August 18, then expands to more cities on August 25.

Friday, August 18th , 2017

Los Angeles, CA at the Arclight Hollywood and Regal LA LIVE Stadium

Friday, August 25, 2017

New York, NY at the Regal Union Square 14
Anaheim, CA at the Edwards Anaheim Hills 14
Berkeley, CA at the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
San Francisco, CA at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
San Diego, CA at the Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Washington DC at the Regal Majestic 20 & IMAX
Atlanta, GA at the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 & IMAX
Honolulu, HI at the Regal Theaters Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX
Las Vegas, NV at the Regal Village Square Stadium 18
Portland, OR at the Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
Houston, TX at the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX
Seattle, WA at the Regal Meridian 16
Irvine, CA at the Edwards University Town Center 6

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