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A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

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David (as Alan Kim)
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Monica
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Anne (as Noel Kate Cho)
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Jacob
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Mr. Harlan
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Mrs. Oh
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Dowsing Dan
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Randy Boomer
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Paul
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Soonja
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Johnnie (as Jacob Wade)
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Brother Roy
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Bonnie
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Debbie
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June
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Older Kid
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Billy
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Lab Tech
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Doctor
Tea Oh ...
Grocery Store Owner
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Sales Lady (uncredited)
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Church Usher / Church Goer (uncredited)
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Church member (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Warren Lane ...
Church Goer (uncredited)
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Townsperson (uncredited)
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Bank Teller (uncredited)
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Church Goer (uncredited)
Ernie Robinson ...
Church Member (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Romulus Stoicescu ...
Rome (uncredited)
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Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
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Church Goer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lee Isaac Chung

Written by

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Lee Isaac Chung ... (written by)

Produced by

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Joshua Bachove ... executive producer (as Josh Bachove)
Dede Gardner ... producer (produced by)
Jeremy Kleiner ... producer (produced by)
Christina Oh ... producer (produced by) (p.g.a.)
Brad Pitt ... executive producer
Steven Yeun ... executive producer

Music by

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Emile Mosseri

Cinematography by

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Lachlan Milne ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Yoon

Editorial Department

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Susan Alexander ... senior digital intermediate producer
Irene Chun ... first assistant editor
David Cole ... supervising and lead digital colorist
Stefanie Y. Hong ... Subtitles
Jose Parra ... lead digital intermediate producer
Ismael Salas ... digital intermediate colorist

Casting By

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Julia Kim

Production Design by

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Yong Ok Lee

Art Direction by

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W. Haley Ho
Joshua Sampson ... standby art director

Set Decoration by

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Hanrui Wang

Costume Design by

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Susanna Song

Makeup Department

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Andrea Carreno ... hair department head (as Drea Carreno)
Hannah Gates ... assistant makeup artist
Moung Hui Park ... makeup department head
Krista Perry ... assistant hair stylist
Kerry Anne Pritchard ... assistant hair stylist
Ashley Tabb ... assistant hair stylist

Production Management

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Dylan Brodie ... unit production manager
Daniel McGilvray ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeff Dubray ... first assistant director
Stephen J. Hanan ... second second assistant director
Ann Laudick ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Brian Keepers ... construction coordinator
Amairani Perez Chamu ... production assistant
Marysa Perry ... Intern
Kaitlyn Shelby ... property master
Stacy Suvino ... set dresser
Adam Thomas ... Intern
Ty Tush ... Production Assistant

Sound Department

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Jason Butler ... foley mixer
Crow Duemig ... boom operator
Erik Duemig ... production sound mixer
Andrea Gard ... foley editor/artist
Scott Levine ... Engineering Services
Josh Lowden ... general manager
Dmitri Makarov ... Supervising Sound Editor & Dialogue/ADR Editor
Steve Morris ... Head of Engineering
Jon Null ... Head of Production
David Peifer ... Digital Editorial Support
Carrie Perry ... scheduling
Michael Peters ... post production finance manager (as Mike Peters)
Daniela Pontoriero ... post production sound accountant
Eva Porter ... client services
Jamison Rabbe ... adr mixer
James Russell ... sound mixer
Michael Schwarz ... boom operator
Julia Shirar ... Sound Effects Editor
Kent Sparling ... Re-Recording Mixer / Sound Designer
Paul Stula ... epk sound mixer
Sam C. Lewis ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Kenny Binkley ... special effects assistant
Joshua Miller ... special effects assistant
John Lee Stout ... special effects assistant
Conley Wilson ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Jamie Baxter ... visual effects
David Cole ... lead digital colourist
Mike Uguccioni ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Shannon Beshears ... stunt double: Ye-ri Han
Jon Bielich ... stunt coordinator
Kent Shelton ... assistant stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Timothy Barnett ... additional lighting technician
Matt Bauske ... additional lighting technician
Greg Bollinger ... drone operator
Keith Brown ... Best Boy Grip
Samuel Calvin ... additional lighting technician
Rhett Chanley ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Elizabeth Drew ... best electric (as Liz Drew)
Charles E. Elmore ... b camera operator
Duke Fleischer ... b camera utility
Matt Fleischmann ... steadicam operator
Clay Flores ... b camera 1st ac
Scott Forrester ... additional lighting technician
Austin Davis Gill ... additional lighting technician
Micah Hart ... grip
Jimmy Hollingshead ... additional lighting technician
Moses Jenkins ... Additional Grip / additional lighting technician
Trey Jimenez ... digital utility
Jacob Keen ... additional lighting technician
Melissa Lukenbaugh ... still photographer
Steve Mathis ... gaffer
Jamie Roman ... second assistant camera
Jon Roman ... first assistant camera
Jon Shryock ... key grip
Jeremy Smart ... additional lighting technician
Andrew P.C. Smith ... Steadicam
Sunrise Tippeconnie ... additional lighting technician
Colin Warde ... additional grip
James Wray ... electrician

Casting Department

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Chris Freihofer ... local casting director
Tori Hartley ... oklahoma casting assistant
Jenn Rader ... oklahoma casting associate
Seth Stuart ... oklahoma casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Victoria Bohler ... Costume Intern
Jessica Carey ... Costume PA
Charlotte Golden ... costume supervisor
Amy Higdon ... costume supervisor
Amanda Higo ... set costumer (as Amanda Gonzalez)
Jenny Tsiakals ... Wardrobe Creative Advisor

Location Management

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Danny Hulsey ... location manager
Jeremy Schofield ... key assistant location manager
Melanie Brooke Sweeney ... location scout

Music Department

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Joseph Carrillo ... orchestrator
Michelle Cho ... music coordinator
Rudy Chung ... music supervisor
F.A.M.E.'S. Project ... orchestra and studio contractor
Virginia Figueiredo ... musician: clarinet
Robinton Hobbs ... programmer
Catherine Joy ... Score Supervisor / lead orchestrator
Nikhil Koparkar ... music prep / programmer
Nick Lok ... music editor
Gina Luciani ... flute soloist / ocarina soloist
Zoë Rae Lustri ... music preparation (as Zoe Lustri)
Ro Rowan ... cello soloist
Kent Sparling ... music editor
H.B. Thal ... music preparation (as Hope Thal)
Frank Wolf ... score mixer

Script and Continuity Department

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Stefanie Y. Hong ... script consultant
Cari Pak ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Justin Clenard ... transportation captain
Tom Comstock ... driver
Devin Cunningham ... driver
Joel Decker ... driver
Dan Dolan ... driver
Jimmie L. Hardcastle ... driver
Lew Homme ... driver
Terry Ralston ... driver
Arnold Rowlan ... driver
Doug Tabb ... driver

Additional Crew

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Tory Ayers ... production accountant
Rose Mary Baker ... Studio Teacher
Pamela Banks ... Animal Wrangler
Melissa Caswell ... Basecamp PA
Daniel Cochran ... key set production assistant
Stacey Davis ... production counsel
Andrea Drake ... production assistant
Cole Emhoff ... assistant: Christina Oh
Joe Fragassi ... Post Production Accountant
Zackary Steven Graham ... production assistant
Stefanie Y. Hong ... Korean Translator
Alyssa Ide ... production assistant
Mina Lee ... assistant: Yeri Han
Lizzy McGlynn ... archival producer
David Milliken ... animal wrangler: snake
Amanda Roberts ... production coordinator
Douglas Seok ... assistant to director
Marissa Shoemaker ... production assistant
D. Reride Smith ... animal coordinator (as Reride Smith)
Siddiqui Subhani ... digital marketing
Inman Young ... Head Of Production
Riccardo Mimmi ... Italian subtitles (uncredited)

Thanks

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Skipper Bain ... special thanks
Judson Blane ... special thanks
Victoria Bohler ... special thanks
Savey Cathey ... special thanks
David DeSantos ... special thanks
Chelsea Down ... special thanks
Morgan Fryer ... special thanks
Blake Keepers ... special thanks
Abby Kurin ... special thanks
In-Ah Lee ... Very Special Thanks
Jenny Tsiakals ... special thanks
Celesty Tuiolosega ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Soonja's humble but resilient minari help the Yi family figure out their place in the world? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines A timeless story of what roots us. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Minari - Wo wir Wurzeln schlagen (Germany)
  • Minari. Historia de mi familia (Spain)
  • Minari. Història de la meva família (Spain, Catalan title)
  • 夢想之地 (Taiwan)
  • 農情家園 (Hong Kong, Mandarin title)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Writer and director Lee Isaac Chung wrote in the Los Angeles Times about how he came to write Minari. He was about to start teaching full time for the sake of his family and thought he would write one final script in the few months before the job began. Desperate for inspiration, he closed his eyes at his regular coffee shop and the words "Willa Cather" rang in his ears. Looking her up, he saw she was a novelist who wrote about life on the Great Plains, and he fell in love with her novel "My Antonia". He learned that Cather initially imitated famous novelists who wrote about city life, thinking her own rural experience wouldn't be accepted. She felt unfulfilled and then wrote successful rural stories that were true to herself. She said, "Life began for me, when I ceased to admire and began to remember." Reflecting on this, Chung said, "I wondered if the voice was leading me to these words, so that I would begin to trust in my own. As an exercise, I devoted an afternoon to writing my memories of childhood. I remembered our family's arrival at a single-wide trailer on an Ozark meadow and my mother's shock at learning that this would be our new home. I recalled the smell of freshly plowed soil and the way the color of it pleased my father. I remembered the creek where I threw rocks at snakes while my grandmother planted a Korean vegetable that grew without effort. With each memory, I saw my life anew, as though the clouds had shifted over a field I had seen every day. After writing 80 memories, I sketched a narrative arc with themes about family, failure and rebirth. That's how I got the idea to write 'Minari'; it began for me, when I ceased to admire and began to remember." See more »
Goofs Modern cars are visible in one shot as the family drives through town. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Best Movies of 2020 (2020). See more »
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Quotes Soonja: Minari is truly the best. It grows anywhere, like weeds. So anyone can pick and eat it. Rich or poor, anyone can enjoy it and be healthy. Minari can be put in kimchi, put in stew, put in soup. It can be medicine if you are sick. Minari is wonderful, wonderful!
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