Thursday, May 06, 2021

another perceptive commentary on "Minari"

Go to my blog's search window and type "minari."  You'll quickly discover that it's a plant I've mentioned several times, here, as an ingredient for stews like budae-jjigae.  The plant figures prominently as a metaphor in the movie "Minari," which is about a Korean family trying to make a living by moving from California to Arkansas.

Last night, I found what I thought was a very profound and perceptive review of the film by someone I assume is a either a gyopo (someone of Korean heritage living abroad) or a Korean with a high-level mastery of American English.  (If my Korean were anywhere near as good as his English, I'd be mighty proud of myself.)  His insights—as someone familiar with Western culture but even more familiar with Korean culture—proved valuable in helping me to straighten out some of the confusion in my own mind:  when I watched "Minari" last night, I came away with all sorts of conflicting thoughts and impressions, but watching this guy's video allowed me to de-confuse myself a bit, and to recognize the symbolic power of the plant that is thematically central to the story.  So please enjoy the video below, but be warned that it contains major spoilers about the movie's ending.

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