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    Cheryl Evans Carol Hayes Interpersonal Communications June 12,2017 Cultural Diversity in Gran Torino The 2008 movie “Gran Torino” is filled with a tremendous amount of cultural diversity, which is met the expected amount of resistance, stereotypes, and an abundance of prejudice. The movies main character is Walt Kowalski. His world is changing around him after the death of his wife, the overtaking of his community, and the distant and almost non existing relationship he has with his grown children. Walt develops a relationship with the two Hmong teenagers that live next door. He keeps his illness a secret from his family and his few friends and chooses to face it alone instead. Even though I had seen this movie several times before I still…

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    The movie Gran Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood is an action-packed drama that examines racism at its very core. Korean veteran, Walt Kowalski despises his neighbours, but after a strange turn of events, he begins to protect them. Thao Vang Lor, a shy Korean boy, gets bullied by a gang, and one night, Walt breaks up the ruckus which takes place in front of his house. Walt makes it his mission to protect the Korean family from the gang, but leads to a tragic ending. In the film, Gran Torino,…

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    The main theme of “Gran Torino,” directed by and featuring Clint Eastwood, is that of racism and racial biases. Walt, played by Eastwood, is white man retired from the military; he holds to be the only remaining white man in a now primarily Asian neighborhood. From serving in the Vietnam War, Walt was social influences by his fellow soldiers to be racial bias towards the people they were fighting in the war; to Walt, this meant he was racial bias towards everyone of Asian descent. However, it’s…

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    Gran Torino Themes

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    Gran Torino is a 2008 American film directed and produced by cinematic veteran Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. Clint Eastwood, a recognizable director and actor in Hollywood and political figure, has contributed to over 50 films over his career in Hollywood. Notable acts include Million Dollar Baby, which received the award for Best Picture of 2004 at the 77th Academy Awards, and American Sniper, which was nominated for numerous awards from the Academy Awards and various award…

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    Conflict In Gran Torino

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    The opening scene of Gran Torino introduced the conflicting relationship that the main character, Walt, had with his family members. This particular scene began in a church in which Walt’s wife’s funeral was being held. Walt watched as his grandchildren filed into the church to pay respect to their deceased grandmother. Contrary to displaying a comforting attitude toward his grandchildren, he stared at all of them in dismay as they each approached their seat inappropriately dressed for the…

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    Themes In Gran Torino

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    The Neighborhood and the Problem The film Gran Torino is set in an urban neighborhood in what could be presumed to be Detroit, Michigan. It is clear from visual evidence presented in the film that the neighborhood has taken a turn from a once prosperous middle class suburb amidst the boon of a thriving motor company’s influence, to a poverty-stricken, immigrant dominated zone. Many scenes of the neighborhood throughout the movie lead the viewers through familiar sites of a poor ghetto: trash…

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    Gran Torino Analysis

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    Gran Torino Film Analysis The film, Gran Torino, crosses so many lines in man’s inhumanity to man. The movie depicts realities for a variety of people and brings out truths that we are still faced with and forced to find ways to reconcile peacefully, or continue to experience worse consequences. This movie does express some hope for barriers to be absolved. I hope that somewhere, this resembles someone’s true story. Of the several cultural conflicts, the one scene that sticks out is Walt’s…

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    Gran Torino Film Analysis

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    Gran Torino was released in 2008 and it was directed by Clint Eastwood, as he was also the main character. The main character Walt, as played by Clint Eastwood, befriends a young Hmong boy in what turns out to be a surprising relationship. This film portrayed a significant amount of historical trends of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and it represents certain cultural aspects that were present at the time with both the Hmong people and the average American white male. The Detroit that is portrayed in…

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    Gran Torino made its way onto the big screen in 2009. The main character, Walt, is a racist man who is not in favor of his neighborhood being replaced with people of other races. Being a veteran of the Korean War it bothers him having a lot of Asians moving into his neighborhood. His views of the other race begin to slowly change as he develops an unlikely friendship with the teens next door. This friendship is what turned him from an old grumpy racist into the neighborhood hero. This movie was…

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    In Gran Torino, there are many occasions that the Hmong community experience in the Michigan. Gang activity and violence is one the major conflicts that the Hmong community experience. The Hmong gang harasses and promotes violence and theft towards the community. The Hmong also experience an absence of masculine figures. The absence of masculine figures contributes to the Hmong community being helpless and juvenile. Walt Kowalski becomes the outlet masculine figure of the Hmong Lor family. The…

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