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Gran torino 2008

Gran Torino (2008)

Pre-viewing Info

Please make notes as we go through this presentation

Gran torino 2008

What do you think of the movie poster for Gran Torino?

List 5 things which come to mind when you look at this

If you have not seen the movie, write down what you think it might be about

Background topics
Background Topics

  • Korean War

  • Ford

  • Detroit, Michigan

  • Highland Park

  • The Hmong

The korean war
The Korean War

The Korean War (1950–1953) was a military conflict between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, supported by the People's Republic of China.

The war began on 25 June 1950 and an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953. The war was a result of the physical division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II (1945).

Communism vs. Democracy

The situation escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950. It was the first significant armed conflict of the Cold War.

Question point
Question Point

What famous American drama/comedy was set during the Korean War?

Question point1
Question Point

Who is the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)?

Kim Jong-il

He is also referred to as the "Dear Leader", "our Father", "the General" and "Generalissimo"

Gran torino 2008

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The company was founded by Henry Ford in 1903.

  • One of the world’s largest and most profitable car companies

  • It even survived the Great Depression of the 1930’s

Henry ford
Henry Ford

Henry Ford was a famous American Industrialist.

He sponsored development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.

Model t ford
Model T Ford

Henry Ford’s introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

The car was very simple to drive, and easy and cheap to repair. It was so cheap that by the 1920s, a majority of American drivers had learned to drive on the Model T.

Ford wrote in his autobiography, "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black". Black was preferred because it dried quicker than other colours.

Gran torino
Gran Torino

The Ford Torino is a car produced by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market between 1968 and 1976

It was named after the city of Turin (Torino, in Italian), which is considered the Detroit of Italy.

The car featured in Gran Torino is a 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sports SportsRoof

Question point2
Question Point

What models of Ford can you think of?

Falcon Mondeo Fiesta


Territory Explorer Escape


Detroit michigan
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and is known as the world’s traditional automotive centre.

  • It has an automotive and musical history and is nicknamed ‘motor city’ and ‘motown’

  • In 2000 the census showed that 21% of people living in Detroit lived under the poverty line

  • The violent crime rate is the highest in the USA

Question point3
Question Point

Which famous rapper comes from Detroit and filmed his movie in the city?

Setting highland park michigan
Setting: Highland Park, Michigan

Highland Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is completely surrounded by Detroit.

  • The city had a Ford plant established in 1909

  • This was then closed down in the late 1950’s

  • This lead to a decline in population, as well as ‘White Flight’ after the Detriot 12th Street Riot

  • The city became impoverished and largely populated by African Americans by the 1980’s

Hmong p ronounced mong
Hmong (pronounced Mong)

The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand

The origins of the Hmong dates back over three thousand years to China. For centuries, Hmong kingdoms and other settlements fought with China’s armies to maintain their independence. Finally they were defeated. Survivors fled to the mountainous regions in southwest China, where many still live today.

Hmong map
Hmong - Map

The Hmong began migrating into Laos and Vietnam between 1810 and 1820. From 1960 and 1975, the U.S. recruited and trained the Hmong to fight communism during the Secret War in Laos. The objective of their involvement was to stop communist expansion and take pressure off U.S. troops in South Vietnam. After the American withdrawal from Southeast Asia, the Hmong were slaughtered by the communist forces in Laos and Vietnam.

More recent history
More recent history

To escape, thousands of Hmong fled to Thailand. There they stayed in refugee camps until they could be resettled in another country. Between 1975 and 1988, many Hmong refugees came to the United States.

Question point4
Question Point

Name two countries (other than the USA) where Hmong people now live