ICYMI, ‘Parasite’ is the first Korean film to nab a Palme d’Or, the highest award given at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s also South Korea’s official entry to the 92nd Academy Awards.
With all this hype over the critically-acclaimed movie, did you know that ‘Parasite‘ director Bong Joon-ho was actually inspired by one of PH’s greatest filmmakers?
In an interview with Inquirer.net, Bong Joon-ho referenced late Filipino director and activist Lino Brocka as a figure that he looked up to.
‘[Lino Brocka] was a strong master. He made such powerful films. I was in a cinema club when I was in university, so I studied so many wonderful Asian films at the time.‘
Bong Joon-ho also revealed that he would watch ‘illegal copies‘ of Lino’s movies. Lino is known for classic PH films ‘Insiang‘, ‘Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag’, and more.
The Korean director also cited Taiwanese filmmakers Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien as his sources of inspiration.