Director Lee Isaac Chung’s movie “Minari,” which won the top prize when it debuted at Sundance Film Festival, is a deeply personal story about a Korean American family who moves to a small farm in Arkansas in hopes of living out the American Dream.
“I started to write down a lot of memories I had from when I was around Alan [Kim’s]’s age growing up on a farm in Arkansas,” Lee said at Variety’s Sundance Studio presented by AT&T. “I just felt like at this time in my life that’s what I was ready to do, to tell a story like this.”
Steve Yeun, who plays the family patriarch, praised the filmmaking experience.
“There’s a pressure we probably put on ourselves in general, but also having to see a generation prior to yours fully and not romantically or idealized from your angle was humbling,” he said.
Watch the full interview with the cast of “Minari” — including breakout star and dab-master Alan Kim — above.