Lee Isaac Chung‘s Minari was one of the best films to come out of this year’s Sundance Festival. The highly acclaimed drama stars Steven Yeun as a Korean father who moves his family to start a new life on a farm in Arkansas in search of the American dream.
Minari is the kind of film that hits home because I can see a lot of myself in it. My own family immigrated to the US under similar circumstances. The honesty of Yeun’s character trying the keep the family dynamics and traditions together while their young son is adapting the American culture into his life. And how everything will change when the family adds their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother to the household. Despite these challenges, Minari will show the strength and spirit of an immigrant family and how they define a home.
Honestly, I can’t wait to see this. And this isn’t just because of the resonating story is comes alive in the frame, but how the cinematography captures the beauty of the American heartland. Sadly, the release of this trailer along with the idea that A24 has not given a release date tells me that I may not get to see this film in a theater any time soon.
Minari is more than the kind of film that deserves to be seen in a theater. It’s a communal experience that gives us the opportunity to see a Korean director proudly displaying a Korean-American story on the big screen.
And this film was such a hit with those who got to see it at the Sundance Film Festival that it won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. I hope heads will be turnings when during the awards campaign because this trailer and those reviews; the cast deserves some acting awards recognition.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Minari:
“A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.”
Minari also stars Han Ye-ri, Youn Yuh-Jung, and Will Patton.
As aforementioned, there is no word yet on when Minari will hit theaters, but we will keep you up to date should any new developments come in.