International English: Gran Torino: Walt
After Thao clumsily attempts to steal Walt's car as part of his Initially perceived as a coward by Walt, their growing relationship gradually changes with Walt ultimately entrusting the Ford Gran Torino to Thao. Oct 24, The movie focuses on the relationship Walt develops with his Hmong neighbours . Walt literary and figuratively saves the life of the boy next door, Thao. The centre piece of the film is Walt's Gran Torino, which symbolizes his. Oct 18, Gran Torino: Walt. Walt's relationship with his family isn't vey good. . Your reflections about the relationship between Walt and Thao are really.
All Walt wants is to be left alone with his dog, beer, and old-school worldview. Thao is a shy boy who prefers to keep to himself. Walt hears the commotion and comes outside with a shotgun, scaring away the gang and earning unwanted status as a hero among the Vang Lor clan. Family members shower his porch with gifts to show their gratitude for saving Thao.
While trying to do so, Thao is discovered by Walt, who threatens him at gunpoint.
Walt Kowalski (Gran Torino) – Hero’s Journey
At first the old man sees Thao as a nuisance. He gives him tedious tasks and regards him with disdain and not-so-thinly-veiled racism. As they spend more time together, however, Walt develops a gruff fatherly connection with Thao and his family.
He learns about Hmong culture and helps the Vang Lors fix up their house.
While Walt begins to build a relationship with his neighbors, his personal life takes a hit when he finds out he has lung cancer. Meanwhile, he warms up to Thao.
The Development of Walt's relationship with Thao by Kieu Linh Quan Thi on Prezi
Walt implores Thao to be more confident in his life and even helps him get a construction job. After confessing the attempted crime to his family, Thao's mother and sister bring him to Walt to apologize and make amends to the community as Walt's servant. Walt also sees Thao helping an elderly neighbor with her groceries after she is ignored by several Asian kids that pass by.
Through Walt, he learns how to do construction work and labor, and how to act like a man, even getting help in his romantic pursuit of Youa. Initially perceived as a coward by Walt, their growing relationship gradually changes the older man's impression of Thao, with Walt ultimately entrusting the Ford Gran Torino to Thao.
Гран Торино () - Plot Summary - IMDb
Hmong Cultural Warriors Performing Genders", said that when Walt masculinizes Thao, he "liberat[es] him from the effeminacy apparently imposed on him by his domineering mother and sister and implicitly his race. We are both loners but I think I am more outgoing.
Also I was annoyed at the comparing of Asian men to a white standard of beauty. The conflict ends when Walt threatens the gang members with his M1 Garand rifle and orders them to get off his lawn. They leave the neighborhood, telling Walt to watch his back. The Vang Lors thank a grumpy and impatient Walt, who insists he only wanted the "gooks" off his property. When the neighborhood hears of Walt's brave act, they reward him by leaving on his porch gifts of Hmong dishes and garden plants.
Thao admits to trying to steal his Gran Torino. Walt is not pleased, seeking only to be left alone. Father Janovich goes to Walt, reminding him of his wife's desire for him to go to confession. Mitch and his wife, Karen Geraldine Hughes go to visit Walt on his birthday, bringing him a cake and a few gifts meant to make certain menial tasks easier. Presentation, and explanation, of these gifts quickly turn into a shamelessly brazen pitch to get Walt to move into a senior's retirement home.
Knowing that Mitch and Karen just want to get their hands on his house, Walt growls in anger and throws them out; gifts, cake and all.
Mitch and Karen cannot understand Walt's reaction. After seeing Sue being harassed by three black teenagers, Walt steps in to rescue her, confronting the teenagers and threatening them with a Colt pistol.
Sue gets to know Walt, and invites him to a family barbecue on his birthday, bringing him closer to her family, explaining Hmong culture and that during the Vietnam War they fought on "his" side. Sue, Thao, and their mother visit Walt the next day, with Thao's family forcing him to work for Walt for a week to atone for his attempted theft of the Gran Torino.
Walt has Thao clean up the neighborhood until his debt is paid and shows Thao the ways of American men. He gets Thao a construction job and encourages him to ask out another Hmong girl called Youa. After discovering blood when he coughs, Walt visits the doctor.
After viewing the results of his examination, which indicate that his health isn't good, he calls his son Mitch and awkwardly tries to tell him about it; but he can't bring himself to do it and just tries to make small talk. However, Mitch and Karen say they are too busy to talk to him. Meanwhile, the Hmong gang keeps pressuring Thao to join them. When they find Thao walking home alone after work, they rob him and burn his face with a cigarette. Walt confronts Smokie, second-in-command in the Hmong gang, at the gang's house, and beats him up in retaliation.
The gang returns days later and shoots up the Vang Lors' home in a drive-by, wounding Thao in the neck. Walt runs to check on them and hears that Sue, who had left for her aunt's house before the shooting, never arrived.