MINARI is the story of a Korean family chasing the American dream!

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MINARI is the story of a Korean family chasing the American dream!

MINARI follows the touching story of a Korean-American family that moves to Arkansas in the hope of fulfilling the American dream.

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Writer and Director, Isaac Chung’s coming-of-age film, Minari, originally premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and has been highly acclaimed, winning the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury prize as well as the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family, what really makes a home and what roots us.

Steven Yeun stars as Jacob Yi, a Korean immigrant who is determined to make it as a successful farmer unaware of what lies ahead. He and his wife Monica, played by Yeri Han, move to rural Arkansas n the 1980’s with their two children Anne, played by Noel Kate Cho, and adorable six year old David, played by Alan S Kim.

The arrival of their grandmother from Korea, played by Youn Yuh-Jung, a South Korean actress, adds energy and complexity to the family.


Minari - Korean family

Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-Jung Youn, Yeri Han, Noel Cho
Director Lee Isaac Chung
Credit: Josh Ethan Johnson


As the movie was having an impact on American audiences, in particular Asian American audiences, it has also gained some recognition internationally.

Minari (United States) recently won the prestigious award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes at Golden Globes in February 2021.

The favourite in this category, it beat out La Llorona (Guatemala), Another Round (Denmark), Two of Us (France), and The Life Ahead (Italy).

In his acceptance speech, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung thanked his cast and also spoke of how Minari transcends ‘any American language.’

Minari is about a family. It’s a family trying to learn how to speak a language of its own,” he said. “It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart, and I’m trying to learn it myself and to pass it on. I hope we all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year.”


Alan S. Kim
Director Lee Isaac Chung
Credit: Josh Ethan Johnson



Producer of Minari, Christine Oh said:

“….And for me, as a child of South Korean immigrants, it felt like an incredibly important encapsulation of that experience, the honesty of which I had never seen before.”

Named for a peppery Korean herb, Minari is a tender, funny, evocative ode to how one generation of a family risks everything to plant the dreams of the next.

Minari is in Cinemas now.

Directed by Isaac Lee Chung

Running time: 1 hr and 55 mins

Rated PG



There are 123,017 with Korean ancestry in Australia based on the Census data 2016. The largest concentration of Korean Australians are in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]