A24 (a.k.a. the production company behind The Farewell) has released the first trailer for Minari and the immigrant drama has already gotten Twitter majorly emotional.
The film, which is written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, tells the story of a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny farm in Arkansas in search of the American dream.
Steven Yeun (Walking Dead) plays the family patriarch who makes the difficult decision of moving his wife (played by Yeri Han), two small children (played by Alan Kim and Noel Kate Cho) and fresh-from-Korea mother (portrayed by Youn Yuh-jung). “We said we wanted a new start. This is it,” Yeun’s character says in the trailer. “They need to see me succeed at something for once.” Inspired by Chung’s own childhood, the “tender and sweeping story about what roots us …shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.”
Shortly after the trailer dropped, many took to Twitter to express how emotional the two-minute clip made them feel.
Some users tweeted how significant it was to hear Yeun speak Korean in the film, while others touched upon the importance of highlighting multigenerational homes that many Asian families live in.
And one Twitter user pointed out how important this story is, given the current climate of America.
Minari is already expected to be an Oscar contender and has won the Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Though no official release date has been announced, according to A24, it will be available to watch “no later than” February 2021.
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