KIM'S CONVENIENCE, by Ins Choi and Kevin White. A Netflix series

 |   |  1 min read

KIM'S CONVENIENCE, by Ins Choi and Kevin White. A Netflix series

Round Elsewhere's way when we aren't diverted by drug cartels (Narcos, the incredibly tense Ozark) or being taken on some bleak journey with a detective posted to some snow-blown remoteness to investigate a murder in Iceland/Norway/Canada/Alaska etc we like to take comfort in a gentle comedy series . . . like Kim's Convenience.

This series – set in and around a Korean family's convenience store in Toronto -- is based on a stage play by Ins Choi who was born in South Korea and raised in Canada.

So it sometimes has an outsider's perspective of Canadian mores or – as in the opening of the first episode where the bear-like Mr Kim serves a transvestite and asks an obvious question without guile – about different lifestyles, cultures and practices.

As the series evolves we slowly learn why Jung, the son of the Kims ( Mrs Kim a smart, patent but sometimes frustrated woman), is estranged from his father and watch how their stubbornness is gradually eroded.

There are any number of excellent bit-part characters passing through the store among them the dapper and hilarious Mr Mehta who owns an Indian restaurant, the hapless and cuckolded Frank with his pointless stories, the somewhat strange Mr Chin . . .

Then there is photographer daughter Janet and her flatmates, Pastor Nina and members of the Korean congregation at the church, Jung's workmates at the car rental place . . . and others.

Kim's Convenience is lightweight but makes its points, and the characters are well-rounded, the plot-lines tight and smart, and the mangled English by the senior Kims a delight in itself.

If you find yourself mentioning a “sneak attack” or a “blabber talker” to a friend you've probably gone down the conveniences store rabbit hole.

Unless they answer, “What you talking?”

Then you'll know it's got them too.

A welcome break from drug deaths and murder in the frozen wastes.

.

kimscon2_wide_a374e204bb4deb8c090a4064b8e438aa4bcd3cdc

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Film articles index

THE UNDERWATER MELON MAN, a film by FANE FLAWS (Yellow Eye DVD)

THE UNDERWATER MELON MAN, a film by FANE FLAWS (Yellow Eye DVD)

This film (with tie-in CD and book) by artist/musician Fane Flaws has long been something of a cult favourite with kids and a guilty pleasure for adults. Flaws, whose most visible work was the... > Read more

NORMAN McLAREN, ANIMATOR: Making the screen come alive

NORMAN McLAREN, ANIMATOR: Making the screen come alive

When a history of animated film is written, it is possible that the largest chapter about how this genre emerged will go not to Walt Disney or Otto (Felix the Cat) Mesmer but to a modest quietly... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LEON THEREMIN: The sound of sci-fi and nightmares

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LEON THEREMIN: The sound of sci-fi and nightmares

You gotta hand it to inventor Leon Theremin, no one else had thought of a stringless cello. And if that sounds a bit Dada or like an installation at a Yoko Ono art exhibition, be assured. It... > Read more

THE 2019 TARANAKI WOMAD TIMETABLE: The world in your backyard

THE 2019 TARANAKI WOMAD TIMETABLE: The world in your backyard

As anyone who comes to this site knows, Elsewhere has had a many decades long engagement and interest in music from other parts of the planet beyond home, London, New York, LA and so on. Right... > Read more