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Bong Joon-ho makes history with Parasite (again) at the Oscars

Bong Joon-ho has been making history since the international premiere of Parasite at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. In a first-ever for a South Korean film, the festival awarded its highest prize, Palme d’Or, to Parasite. Shortly afterwards, the film opened in Korea to strong reviews and a very successful box office run.

Nimble writing and strong performances from the cast brought to life a world that was full of symbolism and hidden messages. Song Kang-ho lives with his family, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam in a rundown semi-basement apartment, struggling to survive. When Choi Woo-shik lands a cushy job tutoring the daughter of a wealthy power couple, Lee Seon-kyun and Jo Yeo-jung, everyone’s lives begin to entwine in surprising ways.


Choi Woo-shik, Lee Seon-kyun, Park Myung-hoon, Lee Jung-eun, Jo Yeo-jung, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, Song Kang-ho

The film’s darkly comedic takes on social class, poverty, and power has resonated with audiences both within and outside of Korea; picking up awards left and right. Last night Bong Joon-ho made history once more at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film picked up four awards, including the much-coveted Best Picture nod. The only disappointment for me has been the lack of nominations and recognition for the cast. (I’m a fan of Lee Jung-eun’s performance in particular.)

It was a night of firsts: Parasite was the first Korean movie to be nominated for any Oscars, Bong Joon-ho was the first South Korean to win Best Director, and it was the first time in Academy history that a non-English film won Best Film.

This won’t be the last we hear of Parasite; Bong has inked a deal with the American TV channel HBO to develop a Parasite television series. I normally view American adaptations of Korean works with a skeptical eye, but Bong Joon-ho has said that his intent is to expand on the world within Parasite, rather than remake the film into a series for American audiences.


Song Kang-ho, Bong Joon-ho

At a post-Oscar press conference, Bong remarked, “The one inch barrier of subtitles is breaking down.” When asked by reporters what he would tell his 13 year-old self, he joked that he’d tell teen Joon-ho to go to bed early because watching too many movies is bad for your health. He also touched on his next project, a horror film set in the heart of Seoul that’s based on a real-life event that took place in London in 2016.

ACADEMY AWARDS 
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST PICTURE


Bong Joon-ho

Via Yonhap, TV Guide

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❤️❤️❤️ congratulations to everyone involved in the movie and South Korea for this achievement!

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Also SG beanies, Parasite is back in our cinemas now- do catch it if you haven’t!
Totally worth it!

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You know, there was a tiny hope in my heart that we'll see JB and GF popping up on DB to talk about this today.. I guess, those days are really gone!

Thank you @stroopwafel for this.
Also, congratulations to Parasite and everyone who made it into the success that it is! It made my little K-drama heart happy!

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If even this historic moment didn't bring them back, I guess nothing really will. :(

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Where did they go? :0

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They left the dramabeans land and off to the real world

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Abandoned the site forever? It's a bit sad they haven't even come back as commenters. I do miss all the old school Beanies!

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We had a good group of K-film fans and film geeks back then. That's why we had a film review section.
Sadly they are gone too 😭.

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Psst, check out our podcast episode where our very own @refresh_daemon (of DB film reviews past) talks Parasite and Korean film with @laica (our film reviewer present <3). Refresh is incredibly knowledgeable in his subject, and it is well worth your listen!

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How did I miss this?
Coming oveeeeer <3.

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(because you didn't subscribe! Subscribe! Tell all your friends!)

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I was sure that Best Foreign film was a lock for PARASITE.
I think their SAG win really upped their chance at the Oscar. Bong winning at BAFTA and WGA was critical too.

Come back for Cannes in May 2020. Maybe Korea will win it's first Prix d'interprétation masculine (Best actor).
Song Kang-ho in EMERGENCY DECLARATION? Ya? Han Jae-Rim may not be a Cannes regular but you never know.

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I sometimes wonder if there was some kind of contractual agreement when the site changed hands, that they would only post once a year. It seems like we get one solid post every year, but that's it.

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I know, I had that same tiny hope myself, I miss them so much (and all the OG dramabeans gang too - Heads, gummi.. I feel old now).

I'm still half in shock that THIS HAPPENED in our lifetimes. Never did I think the Oscars would actually get over themselves and breach the 'one inch tall' (in director Bong's words) barrier of subtitles to reward this amazing film the way it deserved. And never did I think us longtime drama fans would get to see so many familiar faces from the casts of our favourite dramas, on an Oscar stage . ( I just wish there had been acting nominations too though)

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I miss all the OG commenters too! Wish they'd come back. Dramabeans isn't the same without them.

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I know - totally mind blowing to see Park Myung-hoon and Jang Hye-jin as siblings in Crash Landing on You, and compared to their characters in Parasite!

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@girlfriday was even the one who posted Parasite's casting news back in 2018. http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/01/bong-joon-hos-new-film-parasite-confirms-ensemble-cast/

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Going all the way back to 2001 with "Friend" and "My Sassy Girl", South Korea remains the only country where their domestic films out gross Hollywood movies. So yeah, cinema in South Korea has been kicking Hollywood's ass for years. Lol

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Not true. In China last year, the highest grossing film was Ne Zha, a Chinese animated film. The highest grossing Hollywood film in China was #3, Avengers End Game.
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201912/13/WS5df2c670a310cf3e3557dce5_4.html

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Mainland films and especially Hong Kong in it's glory days would have won best picture at the Oscar if they were allowed to compete.

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I have to agree. In the Mood for Love (2000) artistically, kicks the a** of the movie that won Best Picture that year at the Oscars. And the formulaic hagiography biopic that succeeded it for 2001 as Best Picture.

And that's just one. So many wonderful films made in languages other than English were simply not given that open playing field by the Academy (think of the Mexican New Wave of the late 90s-early 00s too).

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China used to make a few good films, but in the past 4-5 years (since Xi became emperor) they have really gone downhill.

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They still put out good films like "Ash Is Purest White" (2018), which competed at Cannes and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (2018), which also screened at Cannes.

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Hard to compare China though because of the many and extensive restrictions and censorship, especially of foreign films. China only allows a handful of foreign films to be shown each year, and many of those are censored so badly that the story get eviscerated.

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Censorship is one thing, but I think any country has the right to restrict how many foreign films enter their market. It's their right to protect their domestic film industry.

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You don't get better movies produced internally by blocking movies from other countries.
Internally in China, there is a constant stream of REALLY BAD movies, many of them paid for by the CCP. They put out from 20-30 movies a year just about how the the CCP defeated the Japanese in WW2 - most are so bad that people don't watch even with free tickets.
What you see in the West is the best of the Chinese movies.

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Just for fun, see this about the Worst Chinese Movie Ever Made. It's hilarious. https://youtu.be/GzxkOpvZoao

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Not true at all. India only watches their own movies since only 10% of the population speaks English. Please check your "facts" Hollywood does not rule the world. Everyone has their own local cinema which they prefer over movies in other languages.

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And Bollywood has been kicking everyone's ass in terms of production and consumption of cinema.

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Every single Indian film is a musical. I have even seen gory crime dramas with extensive song and dance.

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Please stop making generalized comments without checking facts. There are movies that have no songs or dance in them. I highly recommend watching Lunchbox. Also India produces a lot of non bollywood movies as well in regional cinemas, with pretty phenomenal directors.

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And "films with songs" are not by default of lower quality. E.g. Omakara's soundtrack is brilliant and only add to the movie experience.

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seeing these many comments to either belittle bollywood (cause we havnt got an Oscar yet) or making Oscars only way to prove movie's worth is so wrong.
No film maker start making movies for any award or Oscar (yes thats one deep down feeling "what if" but thats never on the cards). Film makers starts to make a movie which communicates with viewers (their target audience be it their own country or foreign country). And as English is the language majority of countries make movies in that "target audience" increased dramatically and which effects the awards for sure.

can anyone disregard Mother India, Pyasa, Kagaj Ke phool, Shor, Mera Naam Joker, Lunchbox, Haider from bollywood which are the cult classics. Just cause they dont direct towards the majority doesn't make them bad quality.

just like not every movie in SK cant be Parasite... but now parasite opened the doors for all non-english movies to at least look at Oscars with a new hope.

And to sum up.. not all movies are bad not all are good. everyone has their own choices to like/watch movies but one can't badmouth or insult the ones they dont like.

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MOTHER INDIA is my mother's favorite movie ever.
I don't think I was born when it came out lol.

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Having song and dance does not make a movie poor or bad. Musicals are not exclusively Indian either. La La Land is a musical from Hollywood and it was nominated for several Oscars. Iconic movies like Singing in the Rain are also musicals. I don't know why people are so anti Bollywood and what does the quality of cinema in India have to do with South Korean cinema? I'm sure they have their own bad cinema just like every country in the world. Nobody's cinema is superior or inferior to another.

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Hello, my apologies everyone! Didn't mean to start a flame war in the comment section! I just wanted to celebrate years of South Korea's original and inventive film making compared to Hollywood's blockbusters. This is not to say that their films are better than other foreign films. I think movies from all around the world have their own unique voices and perspectives. :o)

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I hadn't seen an American film in a theater for over 4 years, until this past Christmas when I saw, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." I saw the first Star Wars movie in a theater, and in my opinion SWTROS, was way below the enjoyment level of the first one. I'm also not into all the comic book movies. It costs too much money to go to a theater to watch a movie--to see nothing but recycled story ideas because America can't come up with many new ones. I love South Korea's creativity when it comes to stories and how to present them. I have always loved foreign films, and much prefer them to American movies. Americans have such a narrow view of the world because they won't venture into the foreign film arena, and I do think it's mainly because they are too lazy to read.

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Adam Driver was worth the watch! He is my oppa lol.

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If other countries are proud of their domestic movies 'doing better' than foreign movies, you can't really fault US showing mostly Hollywood movies in theaters, since that is their "domestic" movie industry! Also, if you are defining movies doing better by no.of tickets sold, then China and India will always come out at the top becoz of the sheer size of overall population (despite the fact that in India, every state has their own regional movie industry, so even "Bollywood" movies are not necessarily the most widely seen movies; I would imagine there is similar regionalism in China as well.).

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I think there is much more regionalism in India than China when it comes to various film industries. In mainland China, all of the big movies come out in Mandarin Chinese. In Hong Kong, the movies come out in Cantonese but they have been declining in number since more of the funding has gone towards mainland Chinese films.

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What a beautiful, talented group of people. You go, Parasite!! 👏👏👏

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Parasite deserves all the hype! Congratulations to the cast and crew! Really looking forward to Bong Joon-ho's next project ❤️

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I'm thankful the entire cast (minus the kids Jung Ji-so and Jung Hyun-jun) was able to attend and receive the awards now that Jo Yeo-jung, Jang Hye-jin, and Park Myung-hoon have wrapped filming for 9.9 Billion Won Woman and Crash Landing on You. I felt it was less genuine that Miky Lee got the last word in their Best Picture acceptance speech.

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loved the movie, loved the feeling as it feels like my country movie won the awards... am so happy and promoting it to all my friends and family to watch it...hehehe.
absolutely great film...

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An extraordinary achievement, Truly an underdog win! Congratulations to the director and the entire cast for this! as a long time fan of Korean content this makes me so proud ✨♥️

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Agree! It was the movie to beat hands down but considering that the Oscar is one of Hollywood's biggest award show and foreign films competing for the biggest award is still kind of newish, there was a lot of doubts.

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I don't feel it's an underdog win. Because it won awards in nearly all the award ceremonies it was nominated in. I believe, the other movies didn't win as much as Parasite did in the awards circuit (I didn't double check this, please correct me if I'm wrong).

It's really a great achievement for a foreign film to win big. But considering its hype and buzz, imo Parasite was not the underdog, but the main contender.

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I LOVED his Best Director acceptance speech. So much grace and humbleness ❤️ And such a well deserved win! Congratulations!!!

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Class act all the way. Best acceptance speech of night.
His entire speech was all about the love and respect he has for the other directors.

Martin Scorsese was visibly touched and a standing ovation on top of it 👏.
Tarantino has always been a big fan of Bong Joon-ho. Two of Bong's movies "The Host" and "Memories of Murder" are on his top 20 list.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv0WlHbBhdc

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@jay mr. Jay bollywood is nothing in terms of production value or direction thats why they have never recieved any nomination for oscar they only know how to remake good movie in to crap movie

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Sorry you can insult Bollywood all you want but they are one of the pioneers of cinema and Oscar does not equal quality cinema. Not getting nominated for an Oscar does not invalidate any country's cinema. Hollywood makes as much crap cinema as Bollywood if not more so don't even go there. Indian directors are no less than Tarentino or Mendes or Bigelow. Good and bad cinema exists everywhere and it can't be measured by Western standards if the local audience enjoys it.

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Wow! How much Bollywood make in overseas market if not for this dangal all of their movies are bunch of wacks they have nothing to show to the world unless their nepotism

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Bollywood movies make a lot more money than Korean movies both overseas and domestically. Classic and iconic movies like Mother India, Pyasa and Mughla-E-Azam exist and so do modern hits like Dil Chahta Hai, Three Idiots, Chak De, Newton and Kahaani. Nepotism exists in every industry Bollywood isn't a special case of Nepotism.

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ROTFLMAO about nepotism... Sir, please do remember nobody pays cash to watch a movie just because of "nepotism"; if one is worth it then only the person's movies work :) :D About quality of bollywood movies, obviously, you have NOT seen much to comment.

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Also do check out regional cinema in other Indian languages apart from Hindi - which is usually called "Bollywood"

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By the by, India's film industry does not consist entirely of Bollywood, and it certainly doesn't represent the whole country despite its hegemony in pop culture discourse outside India (a result brought about at least in part by government policies of promoting one specific language above others).

The regional film industries - in Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other states - do not deserve this erasure, doubly so when for years, Bollywood was 'remaking' movies originally produced in South Indian languages.

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I agree and the only reason I didn't mention Bahubali was because the debate was about Bollywood. Regional cinema in India is possibly as big as if not bigger than Hindi language cinema which we commonly refer to as Bollywood.

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Hi Guys, Here is my cut & paste comment from above:

Hello, my apologies everyone! Didn't mean to start a flame war in the comment section! I just wanted to celebrate years of South Korea's original and inventive film making compared to Hollywood's blockbusters. This is not to say that their films are better than other foreign films. I think movies from all around the world have their own unique voices and perspectives. :o)

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Bollywood makes tons of films. There are few - if any - that are particularly good. It's quantity over quality. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews

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Not few just not your taste is all.

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Plus you will find the quantity over quality complaints for Hollywood (and other industries) too.

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Not true and like I said Hollywood makes just as many bad films as Bollywood. I'm sure all countries have the similar percentages of bad films they make on an annual basis.

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That is true. China probably makes 10x as many really horrible movies, but they almost never get shown outside of China.

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Everyone makes bad movies and I doubt China is making worse movies than the rest of the world. Making a movie costs a lot of money and I dount anyone would be willing to spend money on 'bad movies' if there is no audience for it. People watch movies for different reasons and 'art' and 'indie' movies aren't necessarily the only good movies. It's just a matter of perspective. People like what they like and you can't judge someone for enjoying a mainstream commercial movie over a 'critically acclaimed' one. It doesn't really make either movie better or worse than the other. It's simply just a matter of taste and prefrance.

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not sure why it felt important to demean a whole other cinema industry (in this case, Bollywood) over the simple fact that they don't get recognized at the Oscars - which is an AMERICAN award show.
For shame.
Western standards should never be THE standard.

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Totally agree.

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If I could up vote you I would.

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I also don't get this... You don't like it don't watch.... We are here celebrating Parasite win not to demean other cinemas.

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I think the constant decline in viewership of the Oscars, speaks volumes about America's movie industry. I haven't watched the show in years, mainly because I can't afford to go to the theater to see recent releases, and secondly because I got fed up with the acceptance speeches that went on, and on, and on. Add all of that to the commercials one has to endure, and it's boredom city.
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/oscars-2020-ratings-all-time-low-950643/

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Man, I'm so sorry my original post got spiraled into such negativity. I agree with @oppafangirl we are here to originally celebrate Parasite, and also we should go seek out other movies from other countries as well, for each culture has something special to share through their own unique storytelling.

FYI, my favorite movie from India is "7 Khoon Maaf". I watched it on Netflix and it was really good!! And I am so proud that Priyanka's career has only blossomed even further! <3

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Yay! Well-deserved! <3

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This is such amazing news! Excited to see more from Joon-ho in the future :)

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Congratulations to everyone!

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This literally made my whole Monday yesterday. Still grinning about it.
So happy for everyone involved, it was a well-deserved win 💖💖💖

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After the embarassment that was the oh so white nominations and lack of female representation, the Academy managed to get this right.

Every win in their nominated categories was not a fluke and was the films to win (even on the technical as they should have also won for production design) and yep, this film was damn near, no I take it back, perfect.

Even if 2019 was just the strongest year in films, Parasite would have came out on top because it was a masterclass on how a film should be. This is what film students will watch and aspire to.

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Going to watch it tonight. In the UK only small university theaters are showing it. Hopefully it will be back in bigger theaters soon.

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In the US it is on most PPV channels, including Amazon.

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I don't do Amazon. I'll watch it on Google Play. Thanks for the info.

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In the UK it is still in theaters, so not available on streaming yet.
Went to a full packed screening yesterday. It was amazing to see all these actors that we know from kdramas on the big screen in such an amazing film.

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I'm so glad they win. Enjoy parasite so much. The screenplay itself is really creative and deep.

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Congratulations to Bong Joon-ho and the entire cast and crew!

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this really made me so happy and proud!
Congratulations, Director Bong and the PARASITE family!

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I'm looking forward to watching it in the cinema later this week.

Not that the Oscars mean anything much, but it's still awesome to see how the Parasite-team pulled this off! Winning an Oscar/ or winning at Cannes, or any other international award of this league, is not just about making a good film, but also about strategic marketing. I think filmmakers everywhere will hugely benefit from studying how Bong Joon-ho's team did this.

Eventually, I think this will be a victory for the entertainment industry as a whole, for recognizing that there is so much more beyond their own narrow worlds.

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Yes! It's eye-opening to read Hollywood trade publications and see how many Hollywood films are specifically designed as reverse-engineered awards bait, with 'X director's next casting XYZ stars for next year's award season, will begin filming next month'.....movies being predicted as Oscar contenders before a single frame has been shot.

It's also not common for movies that premiere at Cannes to make it all the way to an Oscar campaign because of the early timing of that film festival, but at least Cannes has a record of not being prejudiced against films not in French or English. That Parasite made it all the way is a testament to both the incredible talent of the production AND the smarts of the marketing team that got enough of the Oscar voters to get past that 'one inch tall' barrier of subtitles.

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I love Cannes. Films, fashion and all. I look forward to it every year.
My fave fashion critiques. http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/05/chungmuro-puts-in-solid-showing-at-69th-cannes-film-festival/
I miss those days 😢.

That "1 inch barrier of subtitles" speech at the Globe was memorable!
He should have won more but then who takes this award show seriously anymore?

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There should have been acting nominations at the very least. It's crazy that there aren't.

And I love Cannes too! It's given me some of my favourite films as well as fashion looks over the years from my faves in Chungmuro and outside (Kirsten Dunst always gives fantastic red carpet).

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lol love his humor even at the end, making his two oscars kiss each other

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He often tell reporters that he is a weird person but to me and probably everyone else he is just brilliant.

Here is to team weird!

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Jo Yeo Jung and Lee Sun Kyun. So glad they are presence. My fav actor. I think Lee Sun Kyun has already finish Diary of prosecutor. Enjoying the drama so much so far.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again and again: I am so happy for them. So proud of these people I do not know at all but am absolutely for.

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Ah now I guess I'll have to start watching his other movies too 😂😂😂
Congratulations to Parasite. I chuckled at the ending sentence in Bong Joon Ho's acceptance speech "Thank You I will drink untill the next morning"

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I highly recommend memories of murder.

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I've thought about watching it so many times, so now I definitely will.

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Oh, wait I have seen it--I was getting the title mixed up with another movie. It was good, I watched it after they found the actual serial killer.

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Ah yes! I heard about it recently.

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Thank you for the recommendation.

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Thank you @stroopwafel for this!
It's been a joy fan-girling over Bong Joon-ho and his films all these years. I think I can go back to K-dramas now that it's over lol.

I'm looking forward to more in the future not only from Bong but from the actors and his talented and hard working crew behind his films.

Beside PRIESTS I think this was Park So-dam's best. I just love her in this film.
Looking forward to more work from co-writer Han Jin-won.
I feel like a traitor for saying that Ford v Ferrari will win best editing. Sorry to Yang Jin-mo, you deserve to win too, better luck next time.
I hope Disney will hire him so his dream will come true.
One of these days Hong Kyung-pyo will a big award for Cinematography.

Well done PARASITE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.

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I've always wanted to watch, "Mother." I'll keep looking for it, maybe it will be more available now.

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Yeah, it was cool!

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I was beyond excited when they won! I was live watching from home, I stayed up until 5:30 am and I almost cried. I've been a huge fan of Korean cinema since I discovered and I'm so proud to see it recognised beyond its borders. I do agree that the Academy could have given them some nods to the actors, but they won best ensemble cast in the SAG awards so I'm happy with that! Next time, we'll get some of them among the nominees!

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Now that Hollywood has noticed two things, Korea's entertainment industry is on the cusp of a change. Korean writers, directors and actors are talented so they are a new resource. Second, Parasite cost $11 million to make but has earned $163 million. That is a great return on investment. Just as Netflix has invested in Korean productions, I can see more Western film studios making partnerships with Korean talent.

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NetFlix has been making almost as many Korean dramas as the Korean networks have.

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They've been distributing a lot of them internationally, like "Crash Landing On You" and "When The Camellia Blooms" but they've only produced a few of them like "Love Alarm", "Kingdom", "My First First Love".

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Future dinner spot @christina

Bong Joon Ho and ‘Parasite’ cast parties until 5 in the morning at popular LA Koreatown resaturant Soban

https://la.eater.com/2020/2/10/21132436/parasite-oscars-after-party-soban-restaurant-los-angeles-koreatown

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I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant out! Sounds good to me :)

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Once in a while, the best movie actually wins. Congrats to director Bong, Han Jin-won, and the Parasite Team!

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Yay, good to see a familiar movie buff on this thread:).

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I've seen Parasite three times and each viewing was an amazing experience.

1. Parasite the original version
2. Live to picture (with a live orchestra), opening speech by Bong Joon Ho
3. Parasite in Black and White

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Congratulations to Bong Joon Ho and entire crew and cast for the Oscars and all the awards! Well deserved.
A message for people who are drawn to Korean arts, it's a mix bag just like all across! Don't expect the same class as "Parasite" in the rest of the fanfare on display in Korean arts :) :D most of it is full of chaebol and cindrella type stories.
The only other movie/drama worth the Oscar recognition is "My Ahjusshi"

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I meant from what I have seen. If you think there is something world class, do share here for me to watch, please !

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The Korean drama Mother, it was nominated for Cannes series as well.

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Well deserve!

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I have limited knowledge when it comes to Korean dramas and films but I do know that there is a lot of great dramas and movies from the golden age. Way before most of us even heard of Korean films and dramas.
EYES of DAWN (1991), SANDGLASS (1995) to name a couple. MY AHJUSSHI although a very good drama is not going to be a drama that would be discussed in Korea's classrooms for generations like these two classics.
It's too bad that these great dramas and more didn't have the chance that MOTHER had in Cannes.

Korea's film industry has been around for 100 yrs and Bong Joon-ho is not the first Korean director to be highly respected in and outside of Korea.
He learnt from the father of Korean cinema director Im Kwon-taek who is still alive and still making movies.
Im was the first Korean to win best director in Cannes with Chihwaseon in (2002) and have made over 100 films.
If you watch some of Bong's acceptance speech and interviews, he usually pay tribute to director Im Kwon-taek and director Kim Ki-young who directed the original HOUSEMAID.

If we go far back I think we'll discover a lot of great movies and dramas that are just as good or better.

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I also recommend an independent movie called Han gong Ju, the sensitivity of the camera for such a topic is unprecedented. It won a lot of awards.
Also there is then the horror movie called The Wailing, pretty phenomenal, it is my fav horror movie ever.

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Love Chun Woo-hee in both.

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Chun Woo Hee ❤

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It may not happen, but My Ajusshi really could be discussed in classrooms the way a good piece of literature gets discussed.

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I agree! The characters, screenplay, dialogues and dozen of scenes of My Ajusshi is worth discussion.

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Particularly happy for Lee Sun-kyun being part of Oscar winner for Parasite, though he deserves for My Ajusshi more :) IMHO

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Try comrades..

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COMRADES (2010) made me cry like a baby. Best war drama I've ever seen. It'll always be on my top 10 k-drama list.

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Me too... Since I watched it 1 year after it finished airing, have no idea where i can rewatched it again. I'm such a masochist. For me this drama is my top 5 favourite. 2nd drama where I bawled for a very long time when watching it.

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I find friendship and love that doesn't always have to be romantic appealing.
I have gone back and watched it again at dramacool.
Ahn Pan-seok's medical plague drama END OF THE WORLD is on re-watch.

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I watched, "Parasite," yesterday, and now I wonder what level the films it was up against for an Oscar, were. I really didn't see that it was so spectacular. I have at least three other Korean films I liked a whole lot better.

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I remember liking Parasite but not loving it until I gave it a thought. I recommend you watch this video.
https://youtu.be/1kx-gSK2C2Q
Parasite is a little difficult to grasp all at once because it has very subtle layers and this video helps in explaining them.

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MOTHER was hard for me to comprehend on first watch.

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I understood it, I just didn't think it was spectacular. I absolutely loved, "The Beauty Inside," "A Hard Day," "A Werewolf Boy," "Castaway on the Moon," and "Northern Limit Line."

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This was thrilling to watch, and I'm so happy to see Bong Joon-ho get the recognition he so richly deserves.

I expected Best International Feature Film (formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film) for sure, and was delighted by the Best Original Screenplay award. But I have to admit that, like Bong, I thought that was most likely it for the evening. I was SCREAMING when they announced Bong Joon-ho for Best Director! And his speech was so gracious - loved the shout outs to Scorsese and Tarantino. But when they announced Parasite as Best Picture - OMO! More screaming! It must have been a magical, fantasy-like, dream-come-true moment for Bong and the cast.

I know Bong Joon-ho will be on board with and writing the HBO series, but if it replaces the South Korean cast with American actors (which I assume it will, unless HBO plans to present something subtitled, which would be daebak), I'm not sure I will be that interested. But I would certainly give it a try, just to support Bong.

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haha I´m happy for them. It was ok movie. I wouldnt call it masterpiece of a century but it was the good old suspense format that is rarely done properly these days. Maybe it will teach american filmmakers how to tell immersive stories again.

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So so happy for the Parasite team! I was rooting for them all awards season. Honestly I thought all they would get was International Film and Screenplay. After Bong Joon Ho got Best Director I thought it would be too good to be true for the Academy to come through and award them with Best Picture. So glad to have been proven wrong. What a great moment not just for Korea but for the rest of us, as well!

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Is he seriously making his OSCARS kiss each other?? 🤣🤣

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Yes, and I love him for doing exactly what I would probably do. He's just so delighted and his having fun. Hollywood takes itself too dang seriously, so this was wonderful.

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So Big! E-news Exclusive does a nice chronological sequence of Parasite wins in the most recent episode. 👏 👏

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