Breaking the subtitle barrier: South Koreans celebrate historic Oscar wins of ‘Parasite’ – Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean social networks appeared in celebration on Monday after the dark funny “Parasite” ended up the first non-English language motion picture to win the very best Photo award, already having netted 3 other Oscars in a historical very first for the nation.

Director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” risen over what he when called the “one-inch high barrier of subtitles” to record worldwide attention like no previous South Korean movie.

Bong’s win for Best Initial Screenplay was the very first Oscar for South Korea’s big movie market.

However as the night continued, the movie also came out on top of progressively prestigious categories, consisting of International Function Movie award, Finest Director for Bong, and the leading award, Finest Photo.

“I’m prepared to drink tonight,” Bong joked, after thanking the cast and staff during his approval speech for the International Feature Movie award.

Executive manufacturer Kwak Sin-ae said she was “speechless” after the movie won Best Photo.

“Parasite” had actually likewise snagged nominations for finest production style and best film modifying, and had already gathered a number of other international movie awards.

A satirical take on the large space between the rich and poor in South Korea, the movie came as South Korea faces the divide between “dirt spoons” – those born to low-income households who have all but quit on social movement – and “gold spoons,” as those from better-off families are understood.


Although South Korea’s film industry is among the largest worldwide, the Korean-language “Parasite” made unmatched waves in international markets.

After the elections were announced in January, Bong said he saw it as an indication that language is no longer a stumbling block for worldwide success.

“I was so proud as a Korean to hear that a South Korean movie defeated so many well-known foreign films,” stated Chung Su-yoon, a Seoul homeowner who saw “Parasite” simply 2 hours before the Oscars.

Popular culture critic Kim Hern-sik stated the much deeper messages of “Parasite” allowed it to resonate with individuals all over the world.

“Simply like BTS had a popular appeal by casting the problems the youth go through everywhere in the world, ‘Parasite’ gotten international understanding by demonstrating the problem of the gap in between the abundant and bad,” Kim stated, describing the K-pop group that has discovered broad success in the States and worldwide despite Korean-language lyrics.

One clip making the rounds on South Korean social networks buffooned a press reporter who asked Bong he shot the movie in Korean.

“She needs to’ve asked Scorsese or Tarantino why they shot their own movies in English,” one commenter said, referencing other directors who were nominated.

Another popular clip on South Korean social media was a slow-motion shot of the cast enjoying the night on the red carpet, cheering the stars and wanting them the best of luck.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris tweeted, “we are doing a watch party at the embassy consuming jjapaguri”, referring to the noodle meal the rich family enjoys in the movie.


The motion picture’s supplier, CJ ENM, said it was a “historic minute” that will go down in Korean movie history.

“Over the previous year, we have recognized that the status of Korean movies has actually considerably increased thanks to ‘Parasite,'” the business stated in a declaration.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated the movie’s cast and crew helped instil “pride and nerve in our individuals as we come together to weather problems.”

“I am really happy to see a Korean film shoulder to carry with those of other countries,” he added.

Hashtags Parasite and DirectorBongJoonho were the most trending on Twitter South Korea, while the film name was the most searched on the local Naver web portal after the victories.

Some South Koreans called the win a”nationwide event”.”International audiences will watch the film and say that’South Korea can also do it,'” said Kim Chan-dong, a pastor who viewed “Parasite” on its 2nd day in theatres. “The movie frankly depicted the story of individuals in difficulties, arousing deep compassion from individuals.”

Reporting by Sangmi Cha and Hyonhee Shin; Additional reporting by Hyun Yi, Daewoung Kim and Chaeyoun Won; Modifying by Josh Smith, Himani Sarkar and Gerry Doyle

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