Minari (2021)

  • Drama
  • 1h 55m

Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung’s autobiographical tale of family life arrives on our screens with considerable buzz; it was the runaway hit at last year’s Sundance film festival, winning both the US Drama Grand Jury Prize, and the Audience Award, and is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows the Korean-American Yi family, who move to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Patriarch Jacob (_The Walking Dead_’s Steven Yeun) is determined to find success and security for his family, but the atmosphere at home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother who strikes up a gently antagonistic friendship with the Yi’s adorable young son, David (a delightful performance from 7-year-old-newcomer Alan Kim).

Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari is an intensely personal film, but in bringing to life such a specific story, Chung finds a universality at the heart of his vision; the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.


Lee Isaac Chung


English, Korean





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