South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize – Korean Oscar movie 2020.
What Korean movie won the Oscars?
PARASITE is the Oscars 2020 winner for International Feature Film! Congratulations to South Korea on their first Oscar win. This is the first nomination for South Korea. PARASITE was the Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever do so. Everyone from the nation’s president to humble rice store owners celebrated in Seoul, Busan, and across the Korean diaspora, reveling in a truly unique accomplishment: that the first non-English-language film ever to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards was a Korean one.
Parasite (2019 cast)
- Song Kang-ho as Kim Ki-taek (김기택; Gim Gitaek), father of the Kim family
- Lee Sun-kyun as Park Dong-ik (Nathan; 박동익; Bak Dongik), father of the Park family
- Cho Yeo-jeong as Choi Yeon-gyo (최연교; Choe Yeongyo), mother of the Park family
- Choi Woo-shik as Kim Ki-woo (Kevin; 김기우; Gim Giu), son of the Kim family
- Park So-dam as Kim Ki-jung (Jessica; 김기정; Gim Gijeong), daughter of the Kim family
- Lee Jung-eun as Gook Moon-gwang (국문광; Guk Mungwang), the housekeeper
- Jang Hye-jin as Chung-sook (박충숙; Bak Chungsuk), mother of the Kim family
- Park Myung-hoon as Oh Geun-sae (오근세; O Geunse), Moon-gwang’s husband
- Jung Ji-so as Park Da-hye (박다혜; Bak Dahye), daughter of the Park family
- Jung Hyeon-jun as Park Da-song (박다송; Bak Dasong), son of the Park family
- Park Geun-rok as Yoon (윤; Yun), Kim Ki-taek’s predecessor as Park Dong-ik’s chauffeur
- Park Seo-joon as Min-hyuk (민혁; Minhyeok), Ki-woo’s friend (cameo appearance)
Plot of Parasite Korean movie
It follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairy tale. 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.
Who won best film at the Oscars?
For Parasite, Bong Joon-ho received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.
Bong Joon-ho was born September 14, 1969 and he is a South Korean filmmaker. His films feature social themes, genre-mixing, black humor, and sudden tone shifts. In 2017, Metacritic ranked Bong 13th on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century. He first gained recognition for his second feature film, the crime drama Memories of Murder (2003), before achieving commercial success with his subsequent films; the monster film The Host (2006), the science fiction action film Snowpiercer (2013), and the black comedy thriller Parasite (2019), which are among the highest-grossing films in South Korea. Two of his films have screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival – Okja in 2017 and Parasite in 2019; the latter earned the Palme d’Or, which was a first for a South Korean film.
How did Parasite win the Oscars?
Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first film not in English to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. So how did this happen? How did the best film of the year actually win Best Picture at the Oscars?
The simple answer is Parasite is a great movie that was easy to love. This masterfully crafted story of social immobility and wealth disparity plays more like a darkly comic thriller than a dramatic lecture, and it’s this meticulous command of genre that makes Bong one of the best directors working today. Parasite no one-off—he’s been threading social commentary into entertaining, even spectacle-driven films like The Host and Snowpiercer for years. But Parasite is his most assured effort yet, and one that Academy voters enthusiastically recommended to one another throughout the season.
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