A Korean-American family moves to Arkansas in search of their own American Dream. With the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother, the stability of their relationships is challenged even more in this new life in the rugged Ozarks, testing the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

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Film Cast:

  • Jacob: Steven Yeun
  • Monica: Han Yeri
  • Soonja: Youn Yuh-jung
  • Paul: Will Patton
  • David: Alan Kim
  • Anne: Noel Kate Cho
  • Billy: Scott Haze
  • Mr. Harlan: Darryl Cox
  • Mrs. Oh: Esther Moon
  • Dowsing Dan: Ben Hall
  • Randy Boomer: Eric Starkey
  • Johnnie: Jacob Wade
  • Brother Roy: James Carroll
  • Bonnie: Jenny Phagan
  • Debbie: Tina Parker
  • June: Chloe Lee
  • Older Kid: Joel Telford
  • Lab Tech: Kaye Brownlee-France
  • Doctor: Skip Schwink
  • Grocery Store Owner: Tea Oh
  • Hospital visitor (uncredited): Debbi Tucker
  • Church Member (uncredited): Ed Spinelli
  • Church Member (uncredited): Ernie Robinson

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Brad Pitt
  • Thanks: In-Ah Lee
  • Producer: Dede Gardner
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Mike Uguccioni
  • Executive Producer: Steven Yeun
  • Writer: Lee Isaac Chung
  • Producer: Jeremy Kleiner
  • Theme Song Performance: Han Yeri
  • Special Effects Assistant: John Stout
  • Director of Photography: Lachlan Milne
  • Gaffer: Steve Mathis
  • Casting: Julia Kim
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Kent Sparling
  • Assistant Makeup Artist: Hannah Gates
  • Editor: Harry Yoon
  • Foley Artist: Andrea Gard
  • Steadicam Operator: Matt Fleischmann
  • Unit Production Manager: Dylan Brodie
  • Sound Effects Editor: Julia Shirar
  • Production Design: Lee Yong-ok
  • Scoring Mixer: Frank Wolf
  • ADR Editor: Dmitri Makarov
  • Visual Effects Compositor: Jamie Baxter
  • Standby Art Director: Joshua Sampson
  • Key Grip: Jon Shryock
  • Production Sound Mixer: Erik Duemig
  • Boom Operator: Joseph Duemig
  • Musician: Gina Luciani
  • Main Title Designer: Andrew Lim
  • Digital Intermediate Editor: Bob Fredrickson
  • Stunt Coordinator: Kent Shelton
  • Executive Producer: Joshua Bachove
  • Electrician: Sunrise Tippeconnie
  • Electrician: Scott Forrester
  • Music Supervisor: Rudy Chung
  • Extras Casting: Chris Freihofer
  • First Assistant Director: Jeff Dubray
  • Production Sound Mixer: James Russell
  • Dolly Grip: Brett Reynolds
  • Post Production Accountant: Joe Fragassi
  • Original Music Composer: Emile Mosseri
  • Script Consultant: Stefanie Y. Hong
  • Second Assistant “B” Camera: Rhett Chanley
  • Producer: Christina Oh
  • Key Grip: Keith Brown
  • Orchestrator: Catherine Joy
  • Post Production Supervisor: Daniel McGilvray
  • Art Direction: W. Haley Ho
  • Set Production Assistant: Zackary Steven Graham
  • Costume Supervisor: Charlotte Golden
  • Property Master: Kaitlyn Shelby
  • Driver: Dan Dolan
  • Costume Design: Susanna Song
  • Casting Associate: Jenn Rader
  • Assistant Hairstylist: Krista Perry
  • Production Accountant: Tory Ayers
  • “B” Camera Operator: Charles Elmore
  • Set Decoration: Hanrui Wang
  • Hair Department Head: Drea Carreno
  • Makeup Department Head: Park Moung-hui
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Ismael Salas
  • Location Manager: Danny Hulsey
  • Foley Mixer: Jason Butler
  • Animal Wrangler: David Milliken
  • Second Assistant Director: Ann Laudick
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Stephen J Hanan
  • Stunt Double: Dante Ha
  • Stunt Double: Shannon Beshears
  • Production Coordinator: Amanda K. Roberts
  • Script Supervisor: Cari Pak
  • Production Office Assistant: Marissa Shoemaker
  • Construction Coordinator: Brian Keepers
  • Carpenter: David Moore
  • Set Buyer: Stacy Suvino
  • Swing: Ben Meeks
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Amairani Perez Chamu
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Ty Tush
  • First Assistant Camera: Jon Roman
  • Second Assistant Camera: Jaime Roman
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Clay Flores
  • Drone Operator: Greg Bollinger
  • Drone Pilot: Todd Ruffin
  • Still Photographer: Melissa Lukenbaugh
  • Boom Operator: Michael Schwarz
  • Best Boy Electric: Liz Drew
  • Electrician: Austin Gill
  • Electrician: Sam Calvin
  • Electrician: Jeremy Smart
  • Electrician: Jimmy Hollingshed
  • Electrician: Matt Bauske
  • Electrician: Jacob Keen
  • Grip: Timothy R. Barnett
  • Grip: Colin Warde
  • Grip: Moses Jenkins
  • Costume Supervisor: Amy Higdon
  • Set Costumer: Amanda Gonzalez
  • Assistant Hairstylist: Ashley Tabb
  • Assistant Hairstylist: Kerry Anne Pritchard
  • Key Set Production Assistant: Daniel Cochran
  • Set Production Assistant: Alyssa Ide
  • Producer’s Assistant: Cole Emhoff
  • Actor’s Assistant: Mina Lee
  • Set Production Assistant: Andrea Drake
  • Transportation Coordinator: Justin Clenard
  • Driver: Lew Homme
  • Driver: Jimmie L. Hardcastle
  • Driver: Tom Comstock
  • Driver: Arnold Rowlan
  • Driver: Devin Cunningham
  • Driver: Joel Decker
  • Driver: Doug Tabb
  • Driver: Terry Raulston
  • Set Medic: Sheri Dent
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Conley Wilson
  • Special Effects Assistant: Joshua Miller
  • Special Effects Assistant: Kenny Binkley
  • Animal Coordinator: Reride Smith
  • Animal Wrangler: Pamela Banks
  • Music Coordinator: Michelle Cho
  • First Assistant Editor: Irene Chun
  • Orchestrator: Joseph Carrillo
  • Music Programmer: Nikhil Koparkar
  • Music Programmer: Robinton Hobbs
  • Musician: Ro Rowan
  • Musician: Virginia Figueiredo
  • Casting Assistant: Tori Hartley
  • Casting Assistant: Seth Stuart

Movie Reviews:

  • SWITCH.: ‘Minari’ is an emotionally beautiful film. For me personally, the only downfall are very small parts of its narrative. Some things are brought up but never really touched on again, which didn’t bug me in the moment but after the film, I asked myself what happened with those threads. It’s such a small issue, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that the film is a breathtaking delight.

    Soon-ja sang it best: “Minari, minari… wonderful, wonderful.“
    – Chris dos Santos

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  • Louisa Moore – Screen Zealots: “Minari” is an absolutely beautiful gem of a movie that is delightful on all levels. The highly personal film, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, tells the story of a struggling Korean-American family searching for a better life when they move to rural Arkansas from California. Jacob (Steven Yeun) dreams of starting his own farm and selling Korean vegetables to serve the growing immigrant population, while his wife Monica (Yeri Han) quietly internalizes her anxiety. Their two kids (Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho) adapt a bit more quickly, but things are turned upside down when their firecracker of a grandma (Yuh-jung Youn) arrives.

    Set in the 1980s, the film depicts a fresh look at the immigrant experience in America, capturing what it must be like to face unfamiliar surroundings while clinging to the promise of a happy future. Jacob has a desire and drive that’s enviable, even if he’s draining the family’s savings with his pie-in-the-sky dreams.

    It’s rare that almost all of the best performances of the year are concentrated in one movie, but here we are. The cast is pitch-perfect, from Will Patton‘s supporting role as a religious Korean War veteran to Han’s understated turn as a disappointed wife who is embarrassed to be living in a mobile home in the middle of nowhere. The performances are excellent all around, but Kim and Youn steal the film. All of the actors achieve something to be proud of here. I instantly felt a powerful connection with every character, each of them a person I would gladly root for until the end. I contend that if you aren’t all-in and crossing your fingers for this likeable family’s success, there’s something deeply rotten in your soul.

    The narrative explores the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows with a charming, admirable authenticity and eye-opening insight. The story’s appeal is universal with a hopeful sentiment, even when tragedy strikes.

    “Minari” may not escape a few chestnut platitudes (like even when you come close to losing everything, a new day will dawn and things will be brighter because you still have each other), but this comforting underdog story about immigrants with a dream is wrapped in an absolutely beautiful film that’s delightful on all levels.

    By: Louisa Moore / SCREEN ZEALOTS

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