Bong Joon Ho left the Golden Globe Awards as a history maker. The director and his dark comedy-thriller, Parasite, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film, making it South Korea’s first film to ever win a Golden Globe. This was also the first South Korean film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe.
Other nominees in the category featured Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables (France), Lulu Wang’s The Farewell (United States), Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory (Spain) and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France).
Appreciation for Non-English Speaking Films
During his acceptance speech, Bong—with the assistance of his translator, Sharon Choi—made a point of how important it is for movie goers to start exploring films that don’t showcase English as the primary language.
“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films. Just being nominated along with fellow amazing international filmmakers was a huge honor.“
To conclude his speech, Bong spoke a simple, yet moving sentence fully in English. “I think we use only one language: the cinema.”
The ‘Parasite’ Phenomenon
Many outlets predicted Parasite to win the award following the buzz it received after its release. It first debuted in May 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.
In its first weekend stateside, it earned $376,264, coming only from opening in three theaters between New York and Los Angeles. It later opened nationwide and has since grossed a total of $23.9 million between the United States and Canada alone. Worldwide, it has earned $129.7 million.
The film focuses on the lower-class Kim family as they begin to work their way into the lives of the upper-class Park family. Throughout the film, twists and turns erupt that the viewer may not have seen coming. It is these events throughout the film that make Parasite so captivating to watch.
And The Oscar May Go To…
Parasite is currently on the Oscars shortlist for International Feature Film and is likely to earn the nomination; we’ll find out if it made the cut on January 13th.
The talk and craze over the film doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, and you can still catch the film in a few theaters before its Blu-ray and DVD release later this month.