Golden Globes 2020: Parasite Director Bong Joon-Ho Happy That His Film Was a Success in the US
Parasite was met with critical acclaim at Cannes and from there, it was released in the US and proved to be a box office success
Last night saw the who’s who of Hollywood stun the red carpet and earn some well deserving awards as well. While some only took to the stage to accept their trophies, many used the platform to raise their voice to issues that need immediate attention. Korean director Bong Joon-Ho also took the award for the Best Foreign Film, Parasite, home last night. The dark comedy was met with critical acclaim when it premiered at Cannes and from there, it was released in the United States and proved to be a box office success.
Parasite became the best-reviewed movie of the year and was praised by critics and audiences, something that was unexpected for Bong. After accepting his award, the filmmaker said, “The film was released in October in the United States with box office. I was surprised but thought it was inevitable. This film is about the rich and poor and about capitalism — and the US is the heart of capitalism. I thought it was a natural response. I am very happy to see these achievements year after year. While Parasite has a very political and social message, it is such a familiar and universal story thanks to the incredible charm these actors have.”
Parasite was 2019’s most unexpected hit film and also became the year’s most talked about foreign language film. It was embraced by audiences in the United States and worldwide. In May 2019, it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first South Korean film to do. Commenting on why Parasite resonated with the audience, filmmaker Bong Joon Ho said in an interview, “I need more time to really understand. To be honest, my job ended in late March when I completed the film. Everything that happened from Cannes to now, I didn’t anticipate, predict or plan. The story is very universal. It’s a story about rich and poor. But maybe there is something more.”