Director Lee Isaac Chung’s intimate family portrait Minari gets its first A24 trailer, setting the stage for the Sundance winner’s premiere in the coming months.
The film stars Steven Yuen and Han Ye-ri as a Korean-American couple who’ve relocated with their young children to rural Arkansas, adjusting to the midwestern community that, it would seem, has only ever seen a Korean person on TV. The arrival of the children’s grandmother further complicates the lives of the kids, torn between their culture and the one they’re trying to adjust to.
Minari took the Grand Jury prize in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, claiming the same category in the Audience Awards as well. With A24 swooping in to distribute, the high-profile indie-peddlers look to have another heartfelt entry for their quality canon.
Since Minari’s festival debut, director Lee Isaac Chung has signed on to the live-action adaptation of Your Name, the titanic animated hit from Makoto Shinkai. The Your Name adaptation is produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, Toho, and Paramount Studios.
In times where the America I dream of is one where people can simply get along decently, a film like Minari, in premise alone, hits hard. No date is yet set for Minari‘s release, and any theatrical/VOD plans under the pandemic circumstances are similarly to-be-determined. Expect to hear more in the coming weeks.