A yr after South Korean satire “Parasite” took Hollywood by storm, one other Korean-language film, “Minari,” is making waves throughout awards season.
But the 2 movies couldn’t be extra totally different.
“Parasite,” which made historical past in 2020 by turning into the primary movie in a international language to win a finest image Oscar, is a darkish satire about class and modern society in South Korea.
“Minari,” now in U.S. film theaters and arriving in South Korea in March, is a young, quintessentially American story about an immigrant household within the Eighties attempting to higher themselves by beginning a farm in Arkansas. Not like “Parasite,” it was conceived, produced and filmed in the US.
“They speak Korean and it’s about a family and there’s some Korean culture involved, but I think this film speaks a lot to what America is. It contains a lot of people doing many different things, many different walks of life, and in that way it’s quite different from ‘Parasite’,” mentioned director Lee Isaac Chung.
An intensely private story, the movie relies partly on Chung’s personal life as a boy rising up in Arkansas, however there isn’t any satire and barely any point out of racism. As a substitute the movie, which has already received a number of awards nominations, together with the Golden Globes, has been broadly embraced for its common humanity. Nominations for the Oscars haven’t but been introduced.
Korean-American actor Steven Yeun, who performs the daddy, mentioned he was terrified at taking over the position.
“It was scary to approach my father’s generation on a level that isn’t just caricature but really just trying to get into their humanity. It opened my own eyes into the ways in which I might misunderstand my own father and that generation as well,” Yeun mentioned.
Yeun, finest recognized for his TV position in “The Walking Dead,” is joined by Korean actors Yeri Han as his confused spouse and Yuh- Jung Youn as his idiosyncratic mom in-law, who all dwell collectively in a sweltering trailer in a distant and unforgiving area.
Chung mentioned the nice and cozy response to the movie up to now has been greater than he hoped for.
“I do feel hopeful and glad that it seems like audiences are willing to read subtitles, and to watch films that don’t reflect their own experiences,” he mentioned. “It seems like they identify with what they’re seeing, and they’re looking more to this shared humanity.”…Reuters