Other than the Oscar, the biggest award a film can win in the world is probably the Palme D'Or, which is basically the Best Picture Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the world's most important film festival. Somehow I missed that earlier this year, for the first time, it was a Korean film that won that award!
The film is called Parasite, and the reason I mention it now is that this week it is released in the United States. You won't find it everywhere, of course, but look out for it if it shows up in your town. The film was directed by Bong Joon Ho, a great director whose past films include Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host and Memories of Murder (I loved the last two and have heard great things about the other two). The film stars Korean film legend Song Kang Ho, who also was in Host and Memories.
Here's the trailer!
The plot: a poor family fakes their way into employment with a rich family. It starts out being a pretty funny caper story as the poor folks try to figure out new ways to sucker the rich ones. But as usual with Bong, things take a hard turn in the second half, and... well, I'm keeping myself unspoiled, but expect the unexpected!
Interesting postscript to the film "Memories of Murder": police recently revealed that DNA evidence tied a prisoner in jail for other charges to the real life murders depicted in the movie. Sadly he can't be prosecuted for them now as the statute of limitations has expired.
Yes, I read an interview with Song where he revealed that the murderer was finally discovered, 20 years after the fact and about thirteen years after the movie. Glad they finally found him; if the real life cops were anything like the guys in the movie, I'm surprised they ever found him!
Post by legitimategolf on Oct 15, 2019 4:23:06 GMT
Dang, I was invited to see this tomorrow, but I can't make it. Looks a little intense for me. Lee Sun Kyun is great though. I really enjoyed JTBC's "My Wife's Having an Affair this Week". And of course "Coffee Prince", arguably the greatest k-drama of all time.
Parasite has been getting rave reviews; it was 99% on Rotten Tomatoes last I looked. Meanwhile, it is 11th in box office receipts this week, despite playing on just 33 screens nationwide. That's pretty amazing:
I'm calling it now: this will not only be the first Korean film to be nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar (it's frankly incredible that Korea has NEVER gotten a nomination in that category before), it will be nominated for Best Picture as well.
I finally saw this movie the other day. Wild flick! Very powerful and unpredictable. Pretty funny, too, in a pitch black way.
I'm loving all the different posters for this movie.
Here's the poster for the American release
The rock theme for some of these posters makes more sense once you've seen the movie. The fourth one is one of the most beautiful posters I've ever seen for a movie. The second one is a parody poster for the French release that the producers created to make fun of that type of wacky Cheaper by the Dozen type family film. Let me just say that the film is not that type of film!
Some more French posters. I'm becoming obsessed with this! The first is the main French poster.