Director Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical film tells the tale of a Korean American family moving to rural Arkansas
Starring Steven Yeun, Minari is a semi-autobiographical film by director Lee Isaac Chung which tells the tale of a Korean American family moving to rural Arkansas. Yeun plays the father of the household, Jacob.
Chung’s film has been met with wide critical acclaim, with many projecting The Walking Dead star to be nominated for an Oscar for his role.
The Korean American actor would be the first Asian American to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
Additionally, if any Minari actors receive a nomination, it will be the first time the Oscars has nominated any Koreans in the acting category.
The Guardian has listed the film as number 4 in its top 50 films of 2020, stating “the piercing poignancy of Chung’s concluding moments comes from the intimate hindsight of his perspective.”
Chinese director Chloé Zhao’s film Nomadland is listed as the Guardian’s top film of the year.