The film which racked up to six Oscar nominations: best picture, director, international feature, original screenplay, production design and film editing.
“Parasite” was chosen as best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics. In another history-making moment for a Korean film, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. gave it a Golden Globe for foreign language motion picture earlier this month
Chang called the flick “deviously entertaining” and “a thriller of extraordinary cunning and emotional force,” qualities that have helped it to reach $134 million at the worldwide box office, per Box Office Mojo, including $25 million domestically.
Parasite’s current haul is the year’s highest for any non-English-language film in the US.
For comparison, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden barely scraped $2m in 2016.
After six weekends at the North American box office, Bong Joon ho’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite reached $14.5m en route to be a final gross of over $20m.
“We feel Bong is one of the greatest filmmakers in the world and believed this movie could transcend the small-minded idea that only an art audience would see it,” explains Elissa Federoff, Neon’s head of distribution. “It covers so much territory – it’s a comedy, a tragedy, an action movie – that allows every audience to enjoy it.”
The director Bong’s resume includes ‘Okja’, ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Mother,’ ‘The Host’ and ‘Memories of Murder’.
Bong Joon ho’s movies always give the viewers a sense of dark, psychological, intense feeling which his fans love. And he proves his worth with every single release.
“If there is a particular reason why ‘Parasite’ prevailed,” Chang wrote, “I think it’s because it delivered the competition’s single most original and entertaining approach to a subject — the rebellion of the underclass, the return of the repressed — that ran through many other films in competition, including several other prizewinners.”