Bong Joon-ho on Oscar nominated thriller Parasite

Lawrence Kim
February 10, 2020

So far, "Parasite" has taken home the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language film, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, BAFTA Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Not in the English Language, amongst countless other accolades.

Parasite starts off as something of a mirror-image to last year's Palm d'Or-winner Shoplifters, introducing us to the Kim family, barely getting by as they share a cramped basement with scurrying bugs. Ki-woo is a smash hit, and slyly suggests his sister, pretending she's a college acquaintance, when Mrs. Park says she's also in need of an art tutor for her younger son, Da-Song (Jung Hyeon-jun). And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Soon, a symbiotic relationship is formed between the two families. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. The film has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, which has been keeping him too busy to make more films.

Bong Joon-ho on Oscar nominated thriller Parasite
Bong Joon-ho on Oscar nominated thriller Parasite

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Parasite It is a peculiar story about two families that are separated by worlds but are somewhat similar, and portrays a surprising reality of the world in which we live. The film stars Lee Sun-Kyun (A Hard Day), Cho Yeo-Jeong (Obsessed), Choi Woo-Shik (Okja), Park So-Dam (The Priests), and Chang Hyae-Jin (Poetry). Director Bong talks about his experiences working with leading man Song Kang Ho, and touches upon the ingrained socio-political undercurrent in this feature film.

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