I’m trying my very hardest to find a way to share this movie with you via a link, but I still haven’t discovered it online yet. Don’t worry, I will keep trying, even if I have to download it myself and upload it to the blog. However, I thought I’d share the plot of the film, as it relates to the Hmong. Also, this was the first Hollywood film to employ real Hmong actors. Be on the lookout for that documentary as well.
“Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy an old man, who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.”