Overcoming subtitles: ‘Parasite’ makes Golden Globes history with win

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‘Parasite’ makes history

Director Bong Joon Ho’s thriller, which follows a poor family who manipulates their way into the employ of an upper-class household, was just named Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Golden Globes.

This makes ‘Parasite’ the first Korean film to win the award, beating Spain’s Pain and Glory, US’ The Farewell, and France’s Les Miserables and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

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‘Parasite’ found massive success from both foreign audiences and critics, becoming the highest-grossing flick of Bong’s career as well as being tagged by many as the best film of 2019.

Among a slew of international awards, the Korean film also won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. It’s also projected to become one of the top-grossing foreign films of all time in the US.

In his acceptance speech, Bong Joon Ho gave an amusing, but all-too-real tidbit on the culture surrounding foreign entries.

‘Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.’ 

 

Entering awards night, ‘Parasite’ was also nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Could a win at the Academy Awards be next?