The Walking Dead actor Steven Yeun, was nominated for an Oscar in the Lead Actor Category for his performance in Minari. This was historic as he became the first-ever Asian-American nominated in this category. Now, Netflix subscribers can watch his performance as Minari is available on the streamer.
Minari was written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, known for his feature debut Munyurangabo (2007), the first narrative film in the Kinyarwanda language, that was an official selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Minari is semi-autobiographical as Chung drew on his own experiences as part of a South Korean immigrant family living in the 1980s.
The film would premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and be awarded both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Minari received critical acclaim praising Chung’s direction, screenplay, and Yeun and his co-star Youn Yuh-jung’s performances.
- Steven Yeun – Jacob Yi
- Han Ye-ri – Monica Yi
- Alan Kim – David Yi
- Noel Kate Cho – Anne Yi
- Youn Yuh-jung – Soon-ja
- Will Patton – Paul
- Scott Haze – Billy
- Jacob Wade – Johnnie
- Skip Schwink – Doctor
This film follows the story of Jacob (Yeun), the patriarch who moves his family from Korea to the United States, where they raise their children and work as immigrant farmers. Yuh-Jung Youn plays his grandmother Soonja who is brought from the old country, to lend her wise voice to the family and help care for Jacob and Monica’s (Yeri Han) children, David (Alan S. Kim) and Anne (Noel Kate Cho). Jacob dreams of becoming a farmer and moves his family to Arkansas. His wife isn’t entirely on board but works hard to make a better life for their family.
Minari rates 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, which states: “Led by arresting performances from Steven Yeun and Yeri Han, Minari offers an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of family and assimilation in 1980s America.”