Arts and Culture

Parasite: A Film, A Phenomenon

Bong Joon-Ho, the director of the new up and coming movie “Parasite,” has created what critics are calling a masterpiece, a dark comedic thriller about a working class family turned into con artists who infiltrate the home of a well-to-do family. This film is the first South Korean film to be nominated for Oscars best picture and best international film, including some others for best director as well as original screenplay with Jon Won Han. The movie has gone international with it even being currently displayed in Nicaraguan cinemas which says a lot about a movie that is in a foreign language, meaning that there is a high demand over the film. The film carries huge significance as this is a foreign movie we are talking about, from an Asian country that has managed to truly rise from the bottom to the top given Korea’s history. In the past, Korea faced troubling times such as an ongoing war with their neighbor country North Korea, interactions with the Japanese and many other conflicts have lead to division in the Korean society. One of the most relevant divisions has been an individual’s socioeconomic status, which is a very controversial subject the film highlights. 

While in the process of editing the movie, Bong Joon-Ho’s wife Jung Sun-young mention how scared and nervous she was about some scenes in the movie as she felt it might be controversial for such a traditional society like Korea but that no matter what the process was very fun. As a foreigner myself, this makes me incredibly proud as it shows us smaller tigers showing off our talents and our hard work does in fact pay off, especially when the people who are highly credited notice our work and the merit we deserve. Hopefully, the movie parasite inspires you to discover the world of foreign films, let the words on your screen set you free from the limits of language.

 

Update: Parasite won the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film awards in the Oscars on February 9, 2020, among other accolades.

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