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DVD - 2021 | Widescreen ed.
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A tender and sweeping story about what roots people that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, this film shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2021]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD MINARI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 한 예리
윤 여정


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Jun 13, 2021

Beautiful film about a Korean family struggling to make a living as farmers in Arkansas. They truly believe in the "American Dream". Subtle characterizations with deep emotions. Loved grandma. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 10, 2021

Despite a rash of interruptions we made it through the film viewing. Very good story line, emotional throughout. David was certainly performed well by the very young actor...stole my heart. Recommend this film. The subtitles were very small and hard to see, but we did not give up watching. So, you see how good it was?

LPL_MaryG Jun 08, 2021

Minari is such a beautiful film and I can’t praise it enough! The story follows a Korean-American family that moves to a small farm in Arkansas in the 1980’s. The movie is loosely based on writer and director Lee Isaac Chung’s upbringing, which makes the characters feel more real. The acting is phenomenal and the ambiguous ending is the perfect way to close out a film about family life and all its ups and downs.

Jun 01, 2021

Get this subtle lovely piece of cinema.

May 31, 2021

This is the story of a Korean family chasing the American Dream in 1980s Arkansas. The father of the family, Jacob Yi hopes to one day own a farm full of Korean produce. His wife isn't so sure of the plan. And the story unrolls as the family tries to make the dream happen. It's such a real story, full of the hopes and pains of life, especially family life.
The actors playing the kids are great, the grandma is great, and the crazy religious dude (played by Will Patton, who I did not recognize!) is great! Sexing chickens as a job (turning chicks over one at a time to inspect their genitals, then sorting them by sex)! Mountain Dew as 'mountain water'! Just a good movie! It is slow at parts, and I didn't love the ending, but I totally understand why this film got so much praise! Well done!

May 29, 2021

In the special features, learned that the film is based on its writer/director Lee Isaac Chung's experience growing up in a small farm in rural Lincoln, Arkansas. Like Nomadland, Minari is about an unusual slice of Americana, that life is full of surprises setbacks, tragedies, "wonderful news," joy and hope. Both films received 6 Oscar nominations, 3 wins for Nomadland and 1 for Minari.

CCPL_Aggie Apr 26, 2021

Minari is a gem of a movie. It has hardship and hope at its center while portraying the difficult life of transplanted South Koreans who move from California to Arkansas in search of their own American Dream. A generational tale too, performances are excellent all around, especially from Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Youn You-jung. Highly recommended.


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May 30, 2021

Water Moccasin Snake:

...with somethings, it’s better to see them than have them hide.
Minari (Mostly in Korean):

Minari would grow very well here. You American bumpkins don’t even know what minari is. Grandma brought minari seeds from Korea, and we can plant it there ...and there.
The minari is growing well!... You grew up in America so you never ate minari. But it’s the best food. It grows like weeds, so anyone can have it. Rich person. Poor person. Anyone can pick it and be healthy. You put it in kimchi, put in soup. When you are sick, it is medicine. Minari is truly won-der-ful, won-der-ful.
(In English)
It grows even when we don’t do anything... Grandmother picked a good spot.

May 30, 2021

The marriage discourse (In Korean):

What is this?
–You act like nothing happened... Just now at the hospital, when you had to choose between the farm and the family, you chose the farm.
It doesn’t matter, everything worked out.
-So if our circumstances are good, we’re able to live together, but when they aren’t, we fall apart?
What kind of talk is that? From now on we make good money, we can live in peace.
-So we can’t save each other, but money can? The truth is, I grew used to the idea of a divorce... David is better, and that’s just as well... One day this kind of thing will happen again, and you’ll fail completely, and it’s inevitable what will happen to us.
Then that’s it. Even after all this,you don’t believe in me. I feel the same way.

May 30, 2021

The very good and very happy news (In English):

This is very good news.
-But sound has gotten louder.
Yes. Sometimes, as the hole gets smaller, the sound gets louder. Loud is good. Are we happy?
-Yes, I'm happy.
Thank you.
-Must be the Ozark water. Whatever it is you're doing, don't change a thing.

The very bad and very sad news:

Why is she like that?
-We'll call Mom from church. Get dressed.
(In Korean)

Why is grandma like that?
-It’s called a “stroke.” She needs a lot of rest.
How did it happen?
-It’s mommy’s fault. I was selfish and brought her here.
Mom. Grandma will be o.k.?
-You’ve grown up so much. Already seem like an adult. Mom is sorry to make you do so much. I left you both alone. It won’t happen again.


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