Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, Memories of Murder getting Criterion releases!
He had good reason to because in a thrilling and raucously applauded upset, the revolutionary win for "Parasite" ended a more than nine-decade English-language monopoly on cinema's top prize.
Before Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" made history as the first non-English best picture victor in Academy Awards history, he made a modest plea to American moviegoers: Don't be afraid of subtitles. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.
Locations featured in South Korea's Oscar-winning Parasite movie have enjoyed a business boom since its Oscar triumph, with a pizza store seeing sales double. 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.
Bong Joon-ho Won’t Receive The Oscar Trophy For Best International Feature Film
Each country is allowed to nominate one film for consideration.
The story of the Kim family - who are played by veteran actor and frequent Bong collaborator Song Kang Ho alongside Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Chang Hyae Jin as his grown children and wife - Parasite casts a stark light on financial inequality, especially when it comes to the struggling Kim clan. If at any time it looked like the spotlight on "Parasite" might dim, it would shine again - first a Palme d'Or award, then history-making SAG Award win, then a BAFTA and so on. It turns out, however, the trophy for Best International Feature Film does not actually go to the film's director. Additionally, it was the first time a South Korean film won in the other three categories.
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