Irish Film Institute -EAFFI 2021: MINARI


Director: Lee Isaac Chung

115 mins, USA, 2021, Subtitled

Based on Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood memories, Minari tells the story of a Korean family, who, like so many Korean immigrants in America in the 80s, worked in a chicken factory. Relocating to rural Arkansas, Jacob (Steven Yeun) and Monica Yi (Yeri Han) and their two children, put their savings into a new home, a house on wheels, and 50 acres of farmland in the middle of nowhere. They plan to grow Korean vegetables for some of the almost 30,000 Koreans who immigrate to the US every year.

With great sensitivity, honesty, and warmth, we follow the start of a new adventure in their lives bound together by maternal grandmother Soonja (Yuh-jung Youn) who comes from Korea to live with them, bringing with her minari seeds.

Screening as part of the East Asia Film Festival Ireland 2021, March 25th to March 28th.

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