His young son David (Alan S. Kim) and daughter Anne (Noel Cho) have mixed feelings about this move: at first excited by their new mobile home, they soon grow bored being in a backwater. The arrival of their foul-mouthed but loving grandmother (Youn Yuh-jung) from Korea brings new energy to the family dynamic, but Jacob’s determination to make it as a successful farmer throws the family’s finances, and its relationships, into peril. Clearly a deeply personal project for Lee Isaac Chung, Minari will immerse you in the lives of these delicately drawn characters.
Lee Isaac Chung is the award-winning writer and director whose first feature, the Rwanda-set Munyurangabo, premiered at Cannes in 2007. He also directed the feature films Lucky Life (2010) and Abigail Harm (2012). Minari won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance 2020.