Minari ★★★★★

I expected the outstanding performances and the languid, calming pacing. I didn't expect the infectious sense of humour. This was phenomenal.

Ozu's oeuvre aside, this is the closest we'll get to a live-action Ghibli drama. But even Ozu doesn't have the same affection for nature that this and Ghibli does: the lush greens of the minari, the farm, and the forest are constantly in frame and in focus. Chung conjures that same reverence and respect for the natural world that Miyazaki does. Nature and nurture are one and the same for these two filmmakers.

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