Lee Isaac Chung’s smash hit film is a compassionate, autobiographical drama about a Korean-American family who move to a remote Arkansas farm in the 1980s. Father Jacob Yi has a dream to farm the 50-acre plot and start a business growing Korean fruit and veg but his wife Monica is skeptical. The film really comes alive with the relationship of young son David and his foul-mouthed grandmother Soon-ja, who visits soon after they arrive. Cultural upheaval and financial disaster threaten their future but the family pull together to overcome the odds.
‘★★★★★It is a film in which the details, the child’s-eye-view episodes, the calamities, the tenderly remembered touches, all sing together like a choir.’ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘Minari is a story of the American Dream. But Chung’s brilliance is in how he adds depth and complexity to those foundational ideas - it’s in the spaces in between that we find love, loss, hope, and regret.’ - Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent