STORY: Minari is semi-autobiographical and focuses on Lee Isaac Chung, a writer and director who grew up in a family made up of Korean immigrants living in Arkansas in 1980s. The story is about the Yi family, which includes Steven Yeun, the father, mother, and their two children. They move to Arkansas, where the dad becomes a farmer. His previous job as a chicken sexer does not pay him well.
REVIEW: The wife, who has no financial backup, is not happy about the sudden shift in income and location. However she decides to support her husband. The Korean-American family is quickly welcomed to a predominantly white neighborhood. They must then find a way of survival while still questioning where they belong.
Minari is deeply personal and universal, melancholic yet uplifting, traditional and contemporary. It is a lot like ours. We are many parts of everything. Minari, like Nomadland this year, explores the meaning of home. You don’t have to own a luxurious property. It can also be about living in a home on wheels, sharing a room with your grandmother or sleeping on the ground together. This film will make you think back to your childhood, when you thought your parents knew everything. You also remember the time when you believed you were smarter than your grandparents. Although the Yi family doesn’t have enough money or water, they do have each other. Children who think their father is a hero, despite his hasty choices and a family that will not stop trying, no matter what the failures.
Minari, despite all the controversy surrounding ethnicity and inclusion in Hollywood, is a true human story. We see the Indian culture in Minari, where grandparents pass on their wisdom to the younger generation. A family’s strength is its unity. In Korean, the drama does not romanticize financial difficulties or hardships. It shows a clear picture, and reminds us that it is not easy, but worth the effort if we have our friends. The title, which is metaphorical, refers to our ability to restructure ourselves and grow as people. There is always a way.
Alan Kim, a child actor, will charm you with his sincerity. Steven Yeun is a compelling character as the hopeful but frustrated father. Yuh-Jung Youn, a veteran actress, is a charming and funny grandmother. Lee Isaac Chung’s film is about a family trying to find its place in the world. It is grounded in reality and Korean culture. It smells like rain and earth, and it gives us a sense of belonging to the land which feeds our bodies.
The overall rating of our critics is not the average of the scores below.