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Minari | A24 Must-Watch American Epic – Thrillist

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an 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.

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Minari | A24 Must-Watch American Epic – Thrillist


Grand Jury Prize
2020 Sundance Film Festival

U.S. Dramatic Audience Award
2020 Sundance Film Festival

The small screen does not do justice to Minari, a rich, expansive film about the human condition. It is a film that refuses to conform, in nearly every way, to the tropes and traps that normally ensnare Oscar-bait movies. In rejecting these rules, its attitude isn’t reckless, but tender.

It’s a film about farming that reveals new layers as you scratch beneath the surface — dust away the topsoil of family drama, and you’ll discover a Biblical allegory underneath. Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri play Jacob and Monica, a Korean couple who relocate from California with their two young children — Anne and David — to rural Arkansas. Fed up with his dead-end job, Jacob dreams of running a successful farm that specialises in Korean produce.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A24 has added dates to its Virtual Screening Room of “Minari”, the Oscar nominated film about a Korean family that immigrates to Arkansas.

Minari | A24 Must-Watch American Epic – Thrillist

The additional dates are:

  • Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

To purchase a ticket, click here. After purchasing a ticket, the film will be available to watch for 4 hours, or until 11:00 p.m.

A portion of sales will benefit the BF Foundation and inclusive storytellers. The BF Foundation supports educational opportunities for individuals as well as programs with broad educational content at cultural, educational, and scientific institutions.

“Childlike wonder” is a phrase that often gets tossed about when talking about movies. It’s a shorthand term for the Spielberg Face, the semi-invented notion that kids are untainted by the jadedness that plagues their elders and are therefore able to view the world in a more mystically pure way.

Lee Isaac Chung centers a child’s perspective in his emotional epic Minari, about a Korean family who moves to Arkansas, but the effect goes so far beyond something like “childlike wonder.”

In his semi-autobiographical, 1980s-set tale, Chung uses his stand-in, 6-year-old David (played by the incredibly adorable Alan Kim), as a way to unearth the contradictions and conundrums of assimilation. David’s viewpoint infuses everything that follows and makes Minari not just a very special movie, but a very funny one as well. “Childlike wonder” is too simple a description of what it’s like to see through David’s eyes, and Minari doesn’t trade in simplicity.

Ever since premiering at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, the A24 release has been highly anticipated, and deservedly so. Now it is finally available to view widely via VOD rental after a long phase of shorter runs in theaters both digital and otherwise. Chung’s story opens with the Yi family approaching their new home.

To father Jacob (Steven Yeun) this is the manifestation of his goals. He’s acquired a giant plot of land for his brood on which he intends to start a farm growing Korean vegetables that aren’t easily accessible in the midwest. For Jacob’s wife Monica (Yeri Han) their new lodgings only confirm her suspicions that this enterprise is doomed: Less a house than a trailer, it’s a symbol of how her marriage is flailing.

On one hand, Minari is the story of a partnership in peril. Yeun plays Jacob’s optimism and persistence with a sense of foolhardiness. This arid land holds the promise of an American dream; the cost is the isolation Monica feels. To abate that loneliness, Monica’s mother Soonja (Yuh-Jung Youn)—mostly referred to on screen as Grandma—arrives from Korea baring a bag full of spices, anchovies, and a remedy that could potential cure David of his heart defect. While older child Anne (Noel Cho) is spared from lodging with Grandma, David now has a new roommate.


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