Clint Eastwood's acting swan song 'Gran Torino' shocked audiences with its hard-line depiction of a man rebelling against the changing times.
In 'Torino,' Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran. He struggles to come to terms with his changing neighborhood -- which is becoming occupied by predominantly Asian immigrants. Eventually, he befriends two young Hmong teenagers -- Thao and Sue -- who are terrorized by a local gang that controls the neighborhood.
Walt decides to stand up to the gang and restore an old way of order to his community, taking the gang head on. With the film's approach to racial tension and violence, shooting on location in the actual neighborhoods of low-income Michigan cities gives the film a more direct message. One of the most notable locations in the movie is Walt's home, which is an actual residence located in Detroit's neighboring city of Highland Park.
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