• Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
  • Starring Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Yuh-Jung Youn, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho
  • USA | 116mins | 2020 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 56m

One of the awards season standouts, Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical drama is a universal story of family and the lengths we go to for it.

David (Alan S. Kim), a seven-year-old with a heart murmur, moves with his parents and sister (Noel Cho) from California to a mobile home in rural Arkansas. His father Jacob (Steven Yeun) plans to start a farm specialising in Korean vegetables, while his mother Monica (Yeri Han) frets about money.

However, the arrival of Monica’s mother Soonja (Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn) from South Korea – certainly not the grandmother David had in mind – soon complicates matters. As seen through the eyes of David, this funny and moving film subverts Asian-American stereotypes by immersing its audience in the day-to-day experiences of the family, with Chung shining a light on the modern American experience – a Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century.