We hear from Director Bong Joon Ho on how his South Korean movie Parasite achieved it’s Four Oscar Win. This is from the press conference after the awards ceremony. Producer Kwak Sin Ae also comments in the video.

Stills from the awards and footage of the event are courtesy & ©A.M.P.A.S. Brief clips are courtesy the film makers Neon.

Parasite Oscars Press conference: Bong Joon Ho, Director
Parasite Oscars Press conference: Kwak Sin Ae – Producer, Bong Joon Ho – Director and Han Jin Won – Script Supervisor ©A.M.P.A.S.

Director Bong Joon Ho was attempting to understand hisself how the win was achieved. He mentioned his comments the one-inch barrier of subtitles he first made at the Golden Globes. He went on to conclude, “I feel like that was already a little late. People were already overcoming these barriers. There are streaming services, YouTube, social media, and the environment that we currently live in, I think we are all connected”

Producer Kwak Sin Ae was asked to comment on significance of the history of the night. “So it’s the first time a Korean film has been nominated for the Oscars, so to just win one award would have been a huge celebration. But to win in four categories, six Oscars in total, I can’t even imagine the atmosphere in Korea right now.”

She also commented of the Best Picture win, “To win Best Picture means that this film was voted by the members of the Academy. I realized that that would signal the beginning of a different kind of change for international cinema, not just for Korea”.

Parasite‘s press conference after the awards ceremony

Parasite Lowdown

Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. 

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.

Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household.

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. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, “Parasite” showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Official Lowdown

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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