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– by Gig Patta

Despite racial tensions in US history, many people of different races will come together as family and friends despite these issues.

Ben Munoz (Enemy Within, A Father’s Journey) stars alongside with Justin Chon, Simone Baker and David So in this story about friendship as the LA riots unfolded in Gook.

Gook follows Eli and Daniel, two Korean-American brothers that run their late father’s show store in a predominantly African-American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African-American girl, Kamila. As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the story afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in Los Angeles as the ‘infamous’ LA Riots break out.

The film is also written and directed by Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 & Over).

LRM had a sit-down video interview with Ben Munoz earlier this month. We discussed the details and attraction to this Hispanic character.

Gook is in theaters for limited release in Los Angeles and New York. It will expand to other cities on August 25.

Watch our exclusive interview below.

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @mrgigpatta.