March 04, 2021 11:17
"Minari," an autobiographical story by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung, finally hit screens in Korea on Wednesday.
There has been much excitement about the film as it has scooped up numerous awards from film festivals and critics' associations including the Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Globes, and that was reflected in the film's leading the box office in advance ticket sales.
The industry hopes it will help bring some business back to the country's deserted cinemas amid the coronavirus epidemic.
"Minari," starring Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri and Youn Yuh-jung, tells the story of a Korean fmily who move to a small town in Arkansas in the 1980s in pursuit of the American dream.
Since winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award when it premiered at Sundance in February last year, it has collected 76 awards, most recently receiving the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes.
Youn, who plays the eccentric grandmother of the family, has bagged 27 Best Supporting Actress awards.
This has raised expectations that the film will possibly win at the Academy Awards in April, as well.
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