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In the 1980s, a Korean immigrant family moves to rural Arkansas, hoping to grow produce; after a while they are joined by Monicaā€™s (Han Ye-ri) mother (Youn Yuh-jung), far from a conventional woman. A film that touched the hearts of many Asian-Americans who recognized personal experiences of what itā€™s like being a stranger and struggling to gain acceptance and success; Lee Isaac Chung made sure every detail rings true. Cast to perfection, including young Alan Kim as the boy who canā€™t relate to his grandmotherā€™s Korean habits. A quietly effective little drama, and that goes for the music score as well.

2021-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh. Written and directed byĀ Lee Isaac Chung. Music: Emile Mosseri. Cast: Steven Yeun (Jacob Yi), Han Ye-ri (Monica Yi), Alan Kim (David Yi), Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Brad Pitt.

Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Yuh-jung). Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Film. BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress (Yuh-jung).Ā 

Last word: “[At first]Ā I didn’t tell them that this is our family’s story, but obviously my mom is starting to piece things together. And I think it made my parents even more nervous that I was not coming completely clean to them, that I would not tell them, ‘This is our story.’ So they were super concerned until Thanksgiving of 2019 we had finished the cut and I just decided I have to get this out of the way and finally show them. And I was a nervous wreck. I had no idea what they would think.Ā We watched the film together and slowly I just started to see my mom starting to weep, my sister, my dad. And it just felt like it was such a cathartic experience for all of us.” (Chung, NPR)



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