Synopsis: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Justin Chon
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  6 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Yo, open up.

Yo, hold on, man.

Eli, bro, what's good?!

Yeah, what's up.

Yo, bro, check it, eh!

On my digital watch. You're late.

Yo, why the f*** you always

talkin' like a Puerto Rican?

- Aren't you from f***in' Long Beach?

- Look.

Why you always

gettin' on me like that?

Yeah, w-, nah,

I'm from Malibuuu!

You're not from f***in' Malibu.

What's good, man,

you want the goods? I brought it.

Yeah, let me see it.

Check out the samples first, brah.

You know how hard it was

for me to get these?

Crazy, people were like

dyin' in the streets for these

right now, man.

It's nuts.

Just for the little pieces

of rubber right here.

Go ahead, smell that.

- A'ight, man, stop playin', dude.

- Fresh.

A'ight so, you want 'em?

You want 'em?

Yeah, let me get the shoes.

Fo sho.

There we go, boy,

you ready?

- Comin' down!

- Yeah, yeah, give 'em to me.

Uh, oh...

- Uh!

- Man.

- Yah!

- F*** you!

Oh, system malfunction!

Yo, just bring 'em down, please.

A'ight, c'mon, man.

You know I'm lonely, dude.

- A'ight, dude.

- There you go, for my homie.

Hey, hey, hey, bro, hold up!

I know we friends and sh*t,

but I need that cash flow.


Whoo! Damn, that's what's up.

You rollin', brah!

Yo, hold up. Hold up.

Hey, hold on, man, boxcutter?

What you doin', brah?

I'm good, I'm good!

Aw, man, the panties in there?

F*** you!

Yo, man, you been

keepin' up with the news?


Cops are beatin' up

black folks and stuff.

It's that whole

Rodney King sh*t, man.

Like, I know they

got stuff goin' on, but

cameras are everywhere now,

they gettin' caught,

can't get away with nothin'.

Why don't you come down here,

help me?

Yo, you not gonna fit that

in that little shitty-ass car!

Hittin' them squats

kinda hard, man, nah?

Man, yous...

f*** you, dude!

C'mon, man,

I miss you dude, that's all.

Yo, let me f*** your sister.

Pshh, man, f*** that, dude.

F*** you.

F***. Yeah, this sh*t

ain't gonna f***in' fit.

- Yo, yo, what's up?

- Oh, f***!

- Oh, f***!

- What? Oh, sh*t!

F***, yo, don't put it

back on the truck!

Help me up, dude!

- Help me f***ing get 'em up!

- Dude, use your legs.

Just use your legs,

hurry up!

Oh, f***, bro, peace out, dawg!

Yo, good luck, Eli!

My mind's state is like

F*** him up, f*** him up

Alright, check out this

little chino right here, eh.

See what this fool's got.

Hey, where you from, ese?

Hey, f*** you!

What'd he say? What!

What'd you say, little punk?

- Whassup, whassup?

- What'd you say?

What'd you say?

What'd you say, ese?

You wanna bang, ese?

You wanna bang,

little f***er?

Not so bad now, huh, punk!

You care I didn't

take your chain, ese.

Take you home

cryin' to your mama.

Let's get outta here

before the huras come.

Hey, you ready?

Hey, I told you

we'll be leavin' at 7,

you better not be sleepin'.

At that point, Sergeant Koon

pointed out on the videotape

where he believed Rodney King

made that one-point landing.

Yo, I got the shoes from Joseph.

If we wanna

make rent this month,

we gotta move

these shoes like, today. my...

in my heart

At one point, Sergeant Koon

said that he had to shout something

to Officer Lawrence Powell.

According to Koon...


I could see the light

on the other side

Everything's gonna be

just fine

with a little more time


Hey, yo, man, what's up?

Man, what's up?!

He's sleeping.

Man, who sleep

like that anyway?

You can't argue with me on this,

I wasn't even there.

It wasn't me.

Nah, it's my sister,

hold on a second.

Do we got anything to eat?

Nah, they cleaned us out.

Got any lunch money?

What do I look like, an ATM?

What you need lunch money for?

I know you've been ditchin'.

But don't worry, I didn't tell him.

But don't make me.

Stay away from the shoe store.

Ask Keith for the money.

In L.A. right now,

they are suppressed

and they are upset.

And they're trying to make

a stand in the only way they can.

They feel as though they

they have been violated.

And they have been violated.

All I can see, who happens to

establish any

middle-aged white American

in the United States...

Ask Keith my ass.

what could've...

it could've happened to anyone.

I mean uh, whether Rodney King

was right or wrong...

I-I'm here to approach

the aspect of cops

are getting away with that.

Go to school!

I am!


Ain't you got somewhere to be?

Hey, Keith...

watch this.

Kamilla, take your little ass

to school.

Come on! I've been working

on this forever to show you.

Kamilla, go to school,

go to school.

See, that's what's wrong with you,

you don't listen.

But it's a new trick!

Go to school!

Come on, this is so cool!

Kamilla, did you take my money?!

Oh, sh*t!

Daniel, let's go, we're late.

Can you give me

five minutes, please?

I've been trappin' and

rappin' at the same time

Spittin' dope lyrics like

I wanted to the bass line

Any case, I'm face to face

hard to trace

I've faced off to replace some

or replace all, huh

Got off the book, I hit the state

I started making notes

Pulled the b*tch off my bush

you know she made a choice

She said she feelin' what she...

gettin' money, f***in' b*tches

how I'm livin'

always takin', never givin'


Hey, yo, what're you doin'?

What the f*** are you doin'? Hey!

Dude, open up!

- It's for your own good.

- Yo, what the f***?!

gotta give up your

crew a lot

Hey, ho


Eli, que paso?

Ah, man.

Hey, uh, Jesus, did you make

those sale signs out yet?

Si, estan hecho.


Yo, what's up?

- Shut the f*** up.

- A'ight.

Sup, Mr. Kim.

Yo, gimme a pack

of Newports too.

Yo, Mr. Kim,

I saw some taggers outside

taggin' up your store.

You couldn't pay somebody

to take these ugly-ass shoes.


Bangin' on the door and sh*t.

Hey, let me in!

We don't serve your kind here.

- Huh?

- We don't serve your kind.

- Black people?

- Nah.

Ugly ass little kids.

You're fat, let me in.

Listen, I don't think you understand

how comebacks work.

The f*** you doin'?

Ain't you have like

a school day or somethin'?

Nah, our teacher

gave us the day off.

I think it's protesting against

the Rodney King thing or something.

Door's open, genius.

Lyin' ass.

So, hey, what's up?

What's up?

What's up is you go

read a book or something.

This ain't no

Boys and Girls club.

The f*** always talkin' to me

like you was grown and sh*t.

Whoa, whoa, hey, hey!

- Mr. Kim, relax, yo!

- Let go!

Mr. Kim, stop! Hey!

Mr. Kim, relax!

Yo, what the f***?!

B*tch, what the f*** are you doing?

Get the f*** out.

Hey, what the f***

are you doing?

Open this f***ing

door right now.

Get the f*** outta here!

Have you lost

your f***in' mind, huh?

I'm gonna f***

your ass up right now.

- Do something.

- Shut the f*** up.

Shut the f*** up.

I didn't steal nothin' from you,

you blind old man!

Ooh, I saw you steal my Twinkies!

Get inside right now, Kamilla.

Are you f***in' serious right now?

All this over f***in' Twinkies?


F*** you!

F*** you!

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Justin Chon

Justin Jitae Chon (born May 29, 1981) is an American actor, director, and YouTube personality. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series, for his critically acclaimed 2017 film Gook, and for being a member of the K-pop parody group Boys Generally Asian. more…

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