idea of what an American flag represents strays away and evolves from his narrow perspective to a much larger and more personalized view. I think the obvious reason he isnt comfortable communicating with his neighbors is the fact that he once fought and killed these people on the battlegrounds of Korea. We follow the story of recently widowed Korean War Veteran, Walt Kowalski, who continues to hold on to his prejudiced thoughts even after an influx of Hmong people, who originate from the mountains of China, Laos and Thailand, move to his small Michigan neighborhood. Cultural conflict is inevitable as we live out our daily lives in the identities we have selected for ourselves, the identities relating to our ethnicity and in those identities others have selected for. In his eyes he would be the most appropriate definition of an American man.
Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowolski whose wife just died and who is a Korean War veteran. His son and daughter try to convince him into looking for nursing homes on his birthday, and his granddaughter is only interested in Walts car, the Gran Torino. We also witness Walt's affectionate side, which very rarely surfaces. It is a film that will stand the test of time owing to the fact that racial segregation and ethnic issues are worldwide dilemmas that should be addressed in a way that will be pleasing or appealing to individuals, herein this film. Clint Eastwood does a lot to make this film an interesting through his fluid and natural acting so do the other characters. For instance, in the scene where Thao helps Kowalski in fixing the roof, there is a very smooth transition of shots that gives continuity of action. The movie depicts not only the very apparent differences between races, but in cultures as well.