Lee Isaac Chung they created a very personal story with “Minari,” about a Korean-American family in the 1980s who moves to rural Arkansas to cultivate a farm. The film deals with many themes including the American dream, cultural differences, the act of survival and the hidden pleasures of life. Although unique to “Minari,” Chung’s childhood shares some similarities to young David (Alan Kim) experiences, the film has connected with people from all backgrounds and has won a number of awards and nominations with organizations such as the SAG Awards, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. “For this to happen and for people to connect with it, it’s been unreal,” Chung said in a new exclusive interview for Gold Derby. Watch the full interview above.
Chung dubbed the film “Minari” because of the symbolic meaning of the minari plant in the film. The plant originates from Korea and thrives in rough areas where other plants are struggling to grow, ultimately helping to clean up the environment. Chung remembers his grandmother planting minari seeds when he was younger. As he explains, the title of the film “symbolizes much of how I feel about my grandmother and her values and love for me. ”
One of the elements of “Minari” that has delighted critics and listeners alike is the warmth and joy of the film’s atmosphere. Part of this is the calm score with Emile Mosseri and glorious cinematography of Lachlan Milne, but it also pertains to the focus of Chung’s own storytelling. “I’m not drawn to projects that are going to be in pain somehow, because I feel like there’s a lot of that in the world,” he admits. While the film highlights some of the pains of growing up and the plight of their situation, “it does not elevate these things above the humanity of who we are, the joys of we have in our lives, which we should have in our lives. ”
While “Minari” has been a huge success with awards so far, there has been a trend that some award-winning organizations such as the Golden Globes have placed it in the best foreign film or best foreign language film categories. . This has made a bit of a fuss as it is an American story, even though it is the main language spoken in the Korean film. “We have all kinds of gender over people and we try to define people, try to define their place in a country, and I think it’s good when we are challenged about the areas we have set up, especially when there are people who feel that those areas are irrelevant. ” says Chung. “I felt like this had sparked some conversation, and I hope that conversation continues. ”
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