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'Parasite': Bong Joon-ho Is The Director Of The Film Everyone's Talking About

'Parasite': Bong Joon-ho Is The Director Of The Film Everyone's Talking About
January 20, 2020 - 18:42 / Lucas Anderson

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is becoming a household name this awards season as director of the dark comedy-thriller, Parasite. Get to know him and his work below!

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.

Parasite. DIRECTOR: Joon-ho Bong. South Korea. Poster Art.

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Bong Joon-ho and Parasite's recognition

Already having won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film FestivalParasite 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.

'Parasite' cast Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, director Bong Joon-ho, Lee Jung-eun, Choi Woo-shik, and Lee Sun-kyun with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Cast during the 26th SAG 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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Bong Joon Ho attends the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast in Los Angeles, California.

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!