World Socialist Web Site 02 Apr, 2021 06:00 am

<em>Minari</em>: Filmmaking “interested in life” for a change

<em>Minari</em>: Filmmaking “interested in life” for a change
<em>Minari</em> is a semi-autobiographical fiction film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. It is an honest and moving work, nominated for various Academy Awards.

Deservedly in this case, Chung’s new film recently collected six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Steven Yeun, Best Supporting Actress for Youn Yuh-jung and Best Original Score.He tells Soon-ja to her face, “You are not like a grandma!Justifying why she is teaching her 7-year-old grandson card games, Soon-ja tells Monica, “If he learns now, he’ll beat all the other bastards!Chung’s new work has the texture of and a feeling for life.

His previous films include Munyurangabo (set in Rwanda, 2007), Lucky Life (2010) and Abigail Harm (2012).His Lucky Life is an intelligent, thoughtful and slow-moving film, which examines how the death of a friend influences and works on a young middle class New York couple.

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