Yearning to own a small patch of land and be more than a chicken sexer, the ambitious paterfamilias, Jacob Yi, relocates his Korean-American family: sceptical wife, Monica, and their children, David and Anne, from California to 1980s rural Arkansas, to start afresh and capture the elusive American Dream. However, new beginnings are always challenging, and to find out what is best for the family, let alone start a 50-acre farm to grow and sell Korean fruits and vegetables, is easier said than done. But, amid sincere promises, cultural unease, fleeting hopes, and the ever-present threat of financial disaster, Jacob is convinced that he has found their own slice of Eden in the rich, dark soil of Arkansas. Can grandma Soon-ja's humble but resilient minari help the Yi family figure out their place in the world?Written by
The film was nominated for the Oscar (Academy Award) for Best Actor in a year where for the first time in this awards system the majority of nominees were persons of colour. The winner, Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins (''The Father''), is from Wales; Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal") is Muslim and Pakistani; the late Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") was African-American; Gary Oldman ("Mank") is an English actor; and Steven Yeun ("Minari") is Asian American. See more »
Modern cars are visible in one shot as the family drives through town. See more »
Remember what we said when we got married? That we'd move to America and save each other?
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Minari brings us into the lives of a Korean family living in Arkansas. They live a simple life, but are faced with all the challenges that come with trying to live a simple life. The screenplay and performance of the cast fill this movie with emotion. But it's hardly ever anything grand or amazing. The film reminds us of the importance of our family, hard work, and faith. All this with a great score make it a delightful viewing.
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