‘Parasite’: Why 4 Oscars Are a Long-Overdue Honor for South Korean Film

by Jeremy Spirogis
Parasite director

While many Americans see Hollywood because the solar round which the remainder of the movie trade revolves, Bollywood, in truth, is the world’s greatest movie trade. In addition to the large movie industries in Nigeria and India, South Korea has had a burgeoning film business for years. And but, the United States has been comparatively sluggish to select up on different nations’ greatness in movie. The South Korean movie Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho, had an unimaginable night time on the 2020 Oscars. That’s signal, however basically, Americans are solely barely selecting up on the artwork of overseas movie–particularly South Korean movie.

Great South Korean movie existed earlier than ‘Parasite’

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Parasite director Bong Joon-ho poses along with his Oscar | Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP by way of Getty Images

The Star Tribue, a Minneapolis-based newspaper, lately identified that for probably the most half, the one “South Korean movies that make it to these shores” are thrillers bout killers, excuse the rhyme. You’d suppose “almost everyone in that country is a murderer,” Chris Hewitt writes.

“It probably says more about Americans’ taste than it does about South Korean movies, Hewitt argues. “Korea does make other genres, but we hardly ever see them.”

Movies like Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and different gory flicks “followed that blood-spattered suit.” Oldboy was the movie, Hewitt argues, to start out a wave of curiosity in Korean motion pictures within the U.S.

The Oscars haven’t acknowledged South Korean motion pictures earlier than Bong Joon Ho’s 2019 movie

But, he writes, “astonishingly, if we date the beginning of the wave to 2003’s Oldboy, it took 17 years of constant South Korean excellence for the Oscars to lastly take discover, with Parasite.” (Parasite received the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film).

And, once more, that doesn’t imply South Korea hasn’t been producing motion pictures or making high quality movies–they’ve. Hollywood is simply fairly dangerous at seeing exterior its personal bubble. (Not to say, members of the Academy have lately said they dislike studying subtitles).

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Executive producers Min Heoi Heo and Miky Lee, producer Kwak Sin-ae, and So-dam Park settle for the Best Picture award for Parasite on the Oscars | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What it actually means, as Hewitt argues, is that “a lot of great movies have failed to get Academy Awards attention.”

Hewitt desires to fight that, giving his readers an inventory of South Korean movies that they need to see. They embrace: Train to Busan, a” thrill-a-minute film by which the zombie apocalypse occurs simply as an absentee father is escorting his daughter house;” Burning, a “creepy drama;” Oasis, a “devastating romance;” and The Handmaiden, a “psychosexual battle of wits,” amongst others.

‘Parasite’ successful Best Picture (and three different Academy Awards) is an efficient signal for Hollywood

Considering South Korean administrators’ unimaginable physique of labor, it’s actually a disgrace: not solely is Parasite the primary Korean (and non-English talking) movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture, it’s the “first Korean nominee for the international film.” Ever. It’s the primary time the Academy has even nominated a South Korean movie in any respect, even within the overseas movie class.

No marvel Joon-ho referred to as the Oscars a “local” awards ceremony.

Even, so, it’s signal for progress. Sure, this 12 months’s Academy Awards gave the impression to be overcompensating a bit for its status of being #SoWhite. But we do hope the truth that the Oscars gave 4 large thumbs as much as the South Korean movie Parasite evokes extra U.S. movie-goers to diversify their tastes.

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