First Glance: “Minari”

The Sundance hit “Minari” has been among my most anticipated films and yesterday A24 only solidified my excitement by dropping a new trailer. This family drama from writer-director Lee Isaac Chung won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize and its Audience Award earlier this year and many believe it is primed and ready for an awards season run. Everything about this beautiful first look shows why it could be a serious contender.

Set in the 1980’s, the film follows a Korean-American family who move from the West Coast to a farm in the rugged Arkansas Ozarks to pursue their American dream. The hardships of starting a farm quickly surface and eventually put a strain on the family. Things are complicated even more with the arrival of their unruly grandmother. The film stars Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Youn Yuh-Jung, Alan Kim, and Noel Kate Cho. The cinematography, the score, the deeply human story – I can’t wait.

“Minari” is still listed as coming soon but A24 said it will be out in time for Oscar consideration. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you will be seeing it or taking a pass.

7 thoughts on “First Glance: “Minari”

  1. Nice to see Steven Yeun didn’t shuffle off into obscurity after a long spell on The Walkiing Dead. The trailer looks amazing, I definitely will get to see this either on streaming or bluray.

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