Clint Eastwood does it again. Clint Eastwood Directed and Produced this film about a bitter about a bitter old man who just wants to be left alone. His family wants nothing to do with him, when his wife dies he has no one to talk to but his dog. But when his new neighbors who happen to be Korean move in next door he gets more then just a bunch of troublemakers he gets friendship and that was the last thing on his mind. But little does Walt or his family know but he is keeping a secret of his own that he does not want anyone to know. This is a compelling drama that is also heart-wrenching.
Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is a bitter old man who has just lost his wife. He is a Korean war vet with a family who hates him, doesn’t want anything to with them and he doesn’t want any help from anybody. All he wants is to be left alone. But when a family of Koreans move in next door he is not so alone. Thao ( Vang) is a quiet young boy who wants a little more out of life but doesn’t know where to start. He gets into a little bit of trouble when he runs into a gang who wants to initiate him and Thao just cant say no to him so they tell him that he has to steal something and what they tell him is to steal from Walt. When Walt finds out Thao wants to make amends and after that Walt always seems to be in the right place at the right time to keep showing up to save Thao from the gang. Over the next several weeks Thao and Walt begin to grow closer and Walt starts to feel as though he can call Thao his friend even though he doesn’t show and still seems like a hard-ass he grows close to the family next door. But Walt is hiding something from them he is sick but does not want anyone to know not even his own family so keep the secret to himself and keeps on going with his life. But once again tragedy strikes his neighbors and Walt decides that enough is enough and makes the decision to take matters into his own hands at deal with the gang who has been beating on Thao from the start on his own.
I thought Clint Eastwood did an amazing job on both sides of the camera. I loved what he did in Million Dollar Baby and I think that he did an even better job in Gran Torino. If you are a Clint Eastwood fan I would definitely recommend seeing this film.
Directed and Produced by Clint Eastwood
Cast Clint Eastwood- Walt Kowalski
Bee Vang – Thao
Ahney Her- Sue
Village Roadshow Pictures