Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family. While running a convenience store in downtown Toronto, the members of a Korean-Canadian family deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them.
You can watch the trailer for Season 5 that begins this week below and full episodes here if you are in Canada, but if you aren’t, you can also binge-watch previous Seasons 1-4 on Netflix.
ABOUT KIM’S CONVENIENCE:
“Kim’s Convenience” depicts a Korean Canadian Kim family that runs a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents “Appa” (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and “Umma” (Jean Yoon) – Korean for dad and mom, respectively – along with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). Other characters include Jung’s friend and coworker Kimchee (Andrew Phung) and his manager Shannon (Nicole Power).
The series is based on Ins Choi’s 2011 play of the same name. Mr. and Mrs. Kim have worked hard to give their now-twenty-something children, Janet and Jung, a better life in Canada. This comedy finds laughter in the trials of running a literal ‘Mom and Pop’ shop while raising kids in a culture not quite your own.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Sang-il Kim (“Appa”). The family patriarch, Kim Sang-il, was a teacher in his homeland before immigrating to Canada with his wife, where they now own and operate Kim’s Convenience, a convenience store in Toronto’s Moss Park neighbourhood. Mr. Kim is traditional, proud and stubborn, practical, opinionated and blunt. He is 56 years old at the start of the series and estranged from his son Jung, a frayed relationship he gradually attempts to mend beginning in Season 2.
Jean Yoon as Mrs. Yong-mi Kim (“Umma”). The family matriarch, Kim Yong-mi, 54 at the start of the series, was also a teacher in Korea. She is hardworking and kind but also meddles in the lives of her family. Her life revolves around the store, family, and church, where she volunteers.
Andrea Bang as Janet Kim, 20 at the start of the series, Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s daughter and Jung’s sister. She is the family member in most frequent contact with Jung. Attending OCAD University, where she studies photography, Janet is a talented artist but is frustrated by her parents’ traditionalism, their lack of support for her art, and the fact that they overparent her due to Jung’s estrangement from the household.
Simu Liu as Jung Kim, 24 at the start of the series. Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s son and Janet’s brother. Jung works at Handy Car Rental, where he is promoted to assistant manager at the beginning of the series but returns to his former job after an attempt at moving to another company is scuttled. He was a rebellious teenager who had engaged in petty street crimes, earning him a brief stint in juvenile detention, but has since cleaned up his act. He was kicked out of the family home by Mr. Kim after stealing from him and remains estranged from his father, though he is still in contact with the rest of the family, and gradually reconnects with his father over the course of the series.
Andrew Phung as Arnold “Kimchee” Han, 25 at the start of the series. Jung’s best friend, co-worker, roommate, and former partner in crime. He is promoted to assistant manager after Jung initially leaves Handy Car Rental at the end of Season 2, now serving as his superior.
Nicole Power as Shannon Ross, 26. The manager of Handy Car Rental, and Jung and Kimchee’s boss, she has a crush on Jung in season 1 and is often awkward in her attempts to appear cool and hip. Over multiple seasons with sexual tension between them, Shannon and Jung enter into a relationship after Shannon breaks up with Alejandro – who repeatedly cheated on her. Jung and Shannon’s relationship is complicated due to Shannon being his manager at Handy.
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