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Parasite Makes History As South Korean Film

A masterpiece that is breaking cultural barriers to welcome a new era of film for South Korea


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Director and co-writer Bong Joon-Ho already achieved international critical acclaim through his previous works with The Host in 2006 and Snowpiercer in 2013, which are both among the highest-grossing films of all time in South Korea. It was Parasite, however, that achieved many firsts for the South Korean film industry as a whole, securing its ever growing influence in the United States.


Before its release in South Korea on May 30, 2019, the comedy-thriller premiered at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, where it became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. Parasite was the first to win the top award with a unanimous vote since 2013’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour.


Growing from that remarkable achievement, Parasite once again shined at the 77th Golden Globe Awards and became South Korean’s first film to receive three nominations and win Best Foreign Language Film. Shortly later at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, Bong’s masterpiece was awarded Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Original Screenplay.


Ending 2020 Awards Season with a bang, Parasite once again won four out of six of its nominations, including the grand award at the 92nd Academy Awards. It became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Awards recognition, and the first-ever foreign-language film to win Best Picture, which brought tears of joy to many back home in the country. Even South Korean President, Moon Jae-In recently expressed his gratitude towards Bong for giving pride and courage to their country. The now universally-acclaimed film grossed $175.4 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing South Korean film ever.


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