5:00 PM, 1st May, 2021
In 1983, South Korean immigrant Jacob Yi (Steven Yuen) relocates his family from California to rural Arkansas to start afresh. In pursuit of the ever-elusive American Dream, Jacob buys a small farm in the hopes of growing Korean fruits and vegetables to sell to local vendors.
But new beginnings are always challenging and the Yi family – including sceptical wife Monica (Han Ye-ri) and their children, David (seven-year-old standout, Alan Kim) and Anne (Noel Cho) – find their resilience tested by their new lives, which is upended even further by the arrival of their sly and foul-mouthed but loving grandmother (Youn Yuh-jung).
Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and a history-making Best Supporting Actress win for Youn, this semi-autobiographical film by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung is an undeniably American experience, despite much of the dialogue being in Korean. Regardless of who you are or where you're from, Minari is an intimate, moving portrait of family – and that needs no translation.