The Fascinating True Story Behind Minari

Everybody loves an underdog.

During this year’s awards season, that honor was given to Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.” The film follows the Yis, a Korean American family migrating to Arkansas from California.

Patriarch Jacob (Steven Yeun) dreams of starting a farm, despite protests from his wife Monica (Yeri Han), and at the risk of uprooting his children (Alan Kim and Noel Cho).

When Monica’s mother (Yuh-Jung Youn) arrives from Korea, it adds a layer of dysfunction to an already-tenebrous family dynamic.”Minari” made history as a tender, unusual portrayal of the American Dream, winning big at Sundance, the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards in various categories.

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