Korean Film Wins Four Academy Awards


Parasite (2019)

Aired on February 9th, the Oscars had an excellent turnout for everyone involved in the Korean foreign film, Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho. This dark comedic thriller independent movie won four Academy Awards last weekend and was nominated for a total of eleven. Parasite snatched the award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Screenplay. Everyone who had opportunity to take part in working on the film was extremely proud to take home four Oscars to South Korea at the 92nd Oscars in 2020 and were more than blessed to prove all the team’s efforts going into Parasite were recognized and appreciated.

Bong Joon-ho explains in his Oscar speech, “We never write to represent our country, but this is the first Oscar for South Korea.”

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Bong Joon-Ho – Director and Best Picture – Parasite
92nd Annual Academy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA – 09 Feb 2020

Also, Joon-ho states in his speech, “A saying I have carved deep into my heart was, ‘The most personal is the most creative.’ Quote was from great Martin Scorsese.”

Jokingly, Bong Joon-ho teases the audience by ending his speech with, “If the Academy allows, I’d like to get a Texas Chainsaw, split the Oscar trophy, and share it with all of my fellow nominees.”

To summarize Parasite‘s plot, the film takes place in a South Korean city, focusing on a family suffering from poverty in the poorest area of the city. Ki-Woo (Chio Woo-shik) is offered a job as a tutor for one of the wealthiest families in the city. However, the family expects Ki-Woo to show up with official credentials in order to get the job. Luckily for Ki-Woo, his sister, Ki-jung (Par So-dam) is an art prodigy and a master of photoshop. Falling for the fake paperwork, the family hires Ki-Woo as an official tutor for their children. Through convincing, manipulation, and telling a few lies, Ki-Woo gets his entire family hired and working under a family of wealth and power. However, the longer Ki-Woo’s family stays within the walls of the spacious, modern home of their bosses, the more secrets are revealed. It turns out this powerful family isn’t as picture perfect as they seem to be.