I watched the film a few weeks ago. My boss gave me a ticket from a non profit organization that I helped with the toy drive and promoting the company.
It's a good film featuring the rough life of a Korean American family taking a gamble on the American Dream in being self sufficient by starting a Korean vegetable farm. The family moved from California to Arkansas. I'm not sure of the time period of the film. I don't remember the years being specified. It talked about the Korean War, so the film is after that. Wikpedia has it as 1980's. I didn't see any counterculture, cold war, or any significant telltale signs. I feel the audience doesn't need to much background knowledge. However, having some knowledge on Korean War, Korean immigrants, Korean church, Korean War veterans will help viewers appreciate the film more. For example, the lady at the chicken sexing facility tells Monica that the country life Koreans left the city to avoid the Korean church. We don't have much context. I'm curious on the reasons why. The film does not do a lot of exposition due to I assume time constraints. It's show not tell for the depictions of a Korean family life. We see snippets of how the town folks treat David, the Korean War veteran, but we don't see much of it. The film does explain the minari, which is water dropwort that can thrive by itself if planted in a good environment. The minari symbolizes the Korean resiliency. Like many Asian cultures, there are plants that serve as symbolic meanings. In my culture, the Khmer folks see the lotus as their symbol of resiliency.
As for the story, it's a long one. Things get build up due to Monica and Jacob's marriage conflict and then Soon-ja, Monica's mother, and her relationship with David. Without too much spoilers, Monica did not like the idea of moving out of California. She stresses the importance of family while Jacob wanting to make their life better stresses the importance of having a profitable farm. David struggles to bond with Soon-ja because Soon-ja does not represent his ideal version of grandma. Soon-ja cannot cook while the language and cultural barrier makes it hard for her to communicate with David. The film revolves around 2 key relationships.
One issue I had was with Jacob's logic methods versus faith. As a person who does religion, I have no issues with the show's depictions of Christianity. However, it feels weird for Jacob, a man who isn't Christian now believes in faith after an accident (will not describe it due to spoilers). In the beginning of the film, Jacob didn't pay the water dower and instead use his logic to find a place to build a well. Later on, Jacob finds out his well dries up, causing financial strain on his family and a rift in his marriage with Monica.
Overall, the film is great and enjoyable. It's a long, slow burning film with a lot of set up. If you try the film and love it, definitely read into the background of the film to truly enjoy it. The film does not go deep into the Korean American experience. We do see mentions of the Korean War and Paul, the Korean War veteran. I was curious about the effects. It's not much. Learning about the migration helps people understand and appreciate the self sacrifices families make to move from their home country and to adapt to American life.
Old Man Dream: Have bad news and good news regarding Pop Team Epic. Bad news, I didn't realize Tubi only had the first five episodes of the series on their site, so that's as far as I can go with it on there. Good news, Retro Crush thankfully has the full series up...
Aug 23, 2021 12:21:21 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...on their site, so I'll be watching the remainder of the series from there. Should be able to wrap it up by later this week, as I expect to be a little slower in my progression of it during the week.
Aug 23, 2021 12:22:18 GMT
Taka: That is bizarre for Tubi TV to only have 5 episodes.
Aug 24, 2021 3:09:21 GMT