‘Kim’s Convenience’ is a Canadian sitcom that revolves around a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in the Moss Park neighborhood in Toronto. Based on Ins Choi’s 2011-released, eponymous play, it premiered on CBC Television on October 11, 2016, for its Canadian viewers. It was eventually picked up by Netflix to air for its international audience, where it debuted in August 2018.
‘Kim’s Convenience’ is produced by Thunderbird Films and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Choi and Kevin White are credited as the scriptwriters. After spanning four successful seasons, here is everything we know about Kim’s Convenience season 5.
Kim’s Convenience Season 5 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘Kim’s Convenience’ season 4 premiered on April 1, 2020, on Netflix. It consisted of 13 episodes.
On March 31, 2020, when the show aired its season 4 finale in Canada, CBC announced that the series has been renewed for two more seasons. On CBC, Kim’s Convenience seasons 3 and 4 have aired in January 2019 and 2020 respectively. Hence, if season 5 also follows suit, it should land sometime in January 2021 in Canada. It should wrap up by the beginning of April 2021.
Since Netflix picks up the seasons immediately the day after their finale on CBC, Kim’s Convenience season 5 should most likely release sometime in April 2021 in the US.
Kim’s Convenience Season 5 Cast: Who Can Be In It?
The cast of ‘Kim’s Convenience’ is led by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Kim or “Appa”. Appa is the patriarch of the family and prior to immigrating to Canada, he used to work as a teacher in Korea. He, along with his wife, is the founder of the grocery store named ‘Kim’s Convenience’, located in Toronto’s Moss Park. A proud, stubborn, and traditional, 50-something man, Mr. Kim is practical, arrogant, and sometimes, rude. He has an estranged, strained relationship with his son, but he eventually tries to reinvent their bond.
Jean Yoon is Mrs. Kim or “Umma” — the matriarch who used to work as a teacher in Korea. A diligent and kind woman, Umma, however, has a bad habit of meddling in the affairs of all her family members. Her priorities in life are the store, family, and religion (volunteering in the church).
20-something Janet Kim is portrayed by Andrea Bang. She is the daughter of the family and a talented artist, studying photography at OCAD University. Janet is the only person who maintains constant contact with her estranged brother. She is frustrated with her parents’ lack of support for her art and the fact that they are overprotective. She has also had enough of their traditional and opinionated views.
Simu Liu plays Jung Kim, Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s son, and Janet’s brother. Jung is employed at Handy Car Rental and was quite a rebel in his teenage years. He was also involved in some petty crimes and had spent a short period in juvenile detention. Jung steals money from his father and leaves the home. He is still estranged and has contacts with all his family members, except his dad.
Andrew Phung is Kimchee, Jung’s closest friend, colleague, and roommate. Kimchee was Jung’s right-hand man during the latter’s former crime days. Currently, he serves as the superior at Handy Car Rental. Nicole Power is Shannon Ross, Handy Car Rental’s manager, and Jung and Kimchee’s boss. Shannon harbors a crush on Jung and her interactions with him are often awkward and pretentious.
When season 5 starts airing, all of the above cast members have been confirmed to reprise their original roles
Kim’s Convenience Season 5 Plot: What Can It Be About?
‘Kim’s Convenience’ is a hilarious yet heartwarming story of the Kim family. It is a saga of Mr. and Mrs. Kim, who immigrated from Korea to Canada, only to give their children a better life. The primary comic elements are derived from the journey of the ‘Mom and Pop’ couple while they run the shop while facing multiple ups and downs when raising kids in a culture, quite unknown to them.
The Kims have been portrayed as first-generation Korean-Canadians, operating a convenience store in the midst of Toronto. They believe they have perfectly adjusted to the Canadian way of life. However, others do not seem to think the same way, and still view them as a clan with Korean principles. Some of the neighbors who see the Kims in this manner are several of their customers as well as their young adult children Jung and Janet.
Jung, unable to cope up with his parents’ beliefs, eventually leaves home. However, Janet is still with her mom and dad, while trying to make her life better. Unknown to Appa (Mr. Kim), Jung works in the vicinity. He is also unaware that Umma (his wife) and Janet have been in touch with Jung all throughout his estranged days. They still hope that Jung and Mr. Kim will one day set aside their differences and reunite.
On the other hand, with Jung not at home, Janet often feels frustrated with her parents’ overparenting. They do outwardly support her wish to become a photographer and pay her art college fees, but deep inside, they want her to marry a good, Christian, Korean guy. In the long run, Appa and Umma wish that she and her husband would run the store.
Across the seasons, we have seen the clan meeting multiple milestones and adjusting to several changes while continuing to evolve together. In season 4, we see Appa discovering that Umma has planned her life after her husband’s death. Janet is accepted for an internship in Africa and also falls in love with Gerald. Romance also seems to be brewing between Shannon and Jung. Season 5 is expected to pick up the story from here and chronicle the journey of the fam as they cope up with many more changes — in their signature comic way.
Kim’s Convenience Trailer:
You can watch the trailer for season 4 below:
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