Minari (Korean: 미나리 [minaɾi], transl. ”water celery”) is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. It stars Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, and Will Patton. A semi-autobiographical take on Chung’s upbringing, the plot follows a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in the rural United States during the 1980s.
In 1983, the Korean immigrant Yi family moves from California to their new plot of land in rural Arkansas, where father Jacob hopes to grow Korean produce to sell to vendors in Dallas. One of his first decisions is to decline the services of a water diviner and he digs a well in a spot he finds on his own. He enlists the help of Paul, an eccentric local man and Korean War veteran. While Jacob is optimistic about the life ahead, his wife Monica is disappointed and worries about their son David’s heart condition; he is frequently told not to run due to this. Jacob and Monica work sexing chicks at the nearby hatchery and argue constantly while David and his sister Anne eavesdrop.
Steven Yeun as Jacob Yi
Han Ye-ri as Monica Yi
Alan Kim as David Yi
Noel Kate Cho as Anne Yi (Ji-young, Korean: 지영)
Youn Yuh-jung as Soon-ja (Korean: 순자)
Will Patton as Paul
Scott Haze as Billy
Jacob Wade as Johnnie
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