'Minari' Director Shares the 'Poetic' Meaning Behind Immigrant Tale's Title (Video)



by Brian Welk

When Chung and the whole cast of 'Minari' visited The Wrap Studio at Sundance -- where the movie won both the top prize from the U. jury and the audience award -- he accidentally called it a 'weed,' but his co-stars were quick to correct him.

'The interesting thing about it is that it a plant that will grow very strongly in its second season after it has died and come back. ''A Korean American plant,' the young Alan S. Kim, who is in second grade, told his director.

Also Read: 'Minari' Film Review: Koreans Replant Themselves in 1980s Arkansas in Charming, Disarming Family DramaKim -- who dressed in a cowboy outfit for his interview -- has never tasted minari. His on-screen grandmother, played by Youn Yuh Jung, described it as a 'smelly' vegetable that has a lot of uses depending on how you cook it and combine it with other ingredients.

Chung said that he wanted to tell this very personal story for as long as he been studying film, but he always kept putting it off. 'Also Read: 'Minari,' 'Boys State' Win Sundance Film Festival Top Jury AwardsSteven Yeun plays the father figure of the Korean family in 'Minari,' and he too was moved to finally bring Chung story to the screen.

'As for the young, child stars of the film, it sounds like they are just happy to be indoors. It was very hard and it was very hot, but overall it was a great experience,' actress Noel Cho added.

Published on February 13, 2020
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