Lee Isaac Chung’s sweeping Sundance award-winner follows the ups and downs of a Korean-America family adjusting to life in rural Arkansas.
In the 1980s, Korean American couple Jacob (Steven Yuen, PFF27’s BURNING) and Monica (Yeri Han) move their family from California to a farm in Arkansas, where Jacob is determined to carve his own rugged version of the American Dream. The transition means a whole new way of life for seven-year-old David and his sister, whose boredom in their new surroundings leads them to get into lots of mischief. When similarly sly grandmother Soonja (Youn Yuh-Jung) arrives from Korea, her unfamiliar ways both repel and fascinate David. Through their burgeoning bond, all three generations of the clan begin to forge a path forward, one that reconciles both their past and their future. Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung drew upon his own experiences of growing up in small-town Arkansas, resulting in a work that’s at once deeply personal and universal. A deserved winner of both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, MINARI is a poignant, moving look at one family’s hope and resilience.
CAST: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Youn Yuh Jung
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