Director Bong Joon-ho's sixth feature film, Parasite, is making history for international cinema with nominations and wins in a range of categories this awards season. Parasite follows an unemployed family of four as they each acquire a job with the same wealthy family. As the film unfolds, a dramatic incident leads to a suspenseful conflict in the wealthy family's home.
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Bong Joon-ho and Parasite's recognition
Already having won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Parasite has thus far earned the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. At the upcoming Academy Awards, Parasite has secured the rare feat of being nominated for both Best International Feature Film and Best Picture! Bong also received a nomination for Best Director at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Oscars, and he won the award at the Critics' Choice Awards.
Get to know Bong Joon-ho's other films
The South Korean filmmaker debuted in 2003 with his first feature film, the acclaimed crime-drama Memories of Murder. Since then, Bong's catalogue has included the horror film The Host, crime-drama Mother, and two English language productions, Snowpiercer and Okja, the last of which was released on Netflix in 2017. Parasite was released in 2019 and is a return for Bong to Korean language filmmaking.
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A breakthrough for South Korean cinema
Bong's films are known for their dark or "black" comedy style, even in his work in the horror and crime genres. His films also explore contemporary social and political themes, and they regularly feature South Korean film star Song Kang-ho, who appears as the father in Parasite. Bong Joon-ho and Parasite's accolades have been a major story to follow this awards season. You still have time to check them out before next month's BAFTAs and the Academy Awards ceremony!