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Bong Joon-Ho Urges Filmmakers to Speak Out About Hate & Racism In Their Movies

Bong Joon-Ho is calling out his fellow filmmakers.

The Parasite director is urging others to speak out and to use their medium to respond to the racism and hate directed towards Asian and Black communities.

“I’m far away in Korea and I have to see everything in the news from an outsider’s perspective, but as someone who is a part of mankind, as a person, it’s quite fearful to watch the hate crimes against Asian-Americans and the BLM movement,” Bong shared during a virtual masterclass over the weekend at Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in California.

He went on, “I do think about what the film industry can do at this time. With films, creating a film takes a lot of time and a lot of money; it’s a big unit that can’t really respond quickly to issues that are currently happening in society. It’s a medium that’s difficult to use when you are trying to respond in real-time. But ironically, because of that, I think creators and filmmakers can be bolder with dealing with issues and they shouldn’t be afraid to confront them.”

Bong then emphasized and look back at the film that inspired him to tackle a social issue in Parasite - Spike Lee‘s 1989 movie, Do The Right Thing.

“That film came out in 1989; it was three years before the L.A. Riots but almost predicted the riots were going to happen,” he recalled.

Bong concluded his speech, saying that “as creators and artists, you sort of have to see through the essence and the central questions in our society through the days that you live through and send a reply to those questions through your work.”

The Korean director isn’t the first to speak out and urge others to call out the racism. See who else did here!

Best Picture Oscar Winner 'Parasite' Is Now Streaming on Hulu!

Parasite is now streaming!

The acclaimed South Korean film, directed by Bong Joon-ho, is now streaming on Hulu as of Wednesday (April 8).

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The film took home the Best Picture award at the 2020 Academy Awards, marking the first foreign language film to do so.

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Honor Swinton Byrne Celebrates Mom Tilda Swinton's BFI Fellowship Award

Tilda Swinton poses with her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, inside the BFI Chairman’s Dinner held at Rosewood on Monday night (March 2) in London, England.

The event honored the 59-year-old actress with a BFI Fellowship, and was recognized for being a “daringly eclectic performer and filmmaker”.

Tilda was awarded the highest honor for her contribution to “film culture, independent film exhibition and philanthropy.”

Actress and singer Kylie Minogue, designer Sandy Powell, and Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho also stepped out for the celebratory event.

Check out 20+ pictures inside of Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne and more…

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'Parasite' Director Bong Joon-ho Reveals What Martin Scorsese Told Him After Oscar Win!

Oscar-winning Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is still on a high from his big win!

While attending a press conference for the film on Wednesday (February 19) in Seoul, South Korea, the Korean director said the film’s “biggest pleasure and the most significant meaning” to him is that it succeeded even though the audiences might feel uncomfortable with his explicit description of bitter wealth disparity in modern society.

“Audiences might hate that or feel uncomfortable to watch it but I thought the only option I can have for this movie is depicting the world we live as frankly as possible though that might be risky commercially,” Bong Joon-ho said (via THR).

Bong Joon-ho was joined by his cast members Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Sun-kyun, Park So-Dam, Chang Hye-jin, Lee Jeong-eun and Park Myung-Hoon, as well as editor Yang Jin-mo, writer Han Jin-won and producer Kwak Sin-ae at the press conference.

Parasite won the Best Picture category at the 2020 Oscars for the first time as a non-English language film, and director Martin Scorsese made sure to congratulate Bong Joon-ho on his big win.

“I just read his letter a few hours ago and it was an honor,” Bong said. “He said I did a good job and should rest, but only a little because he and everyone else was eagerly waiting for my next film.”

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'Parasite' Has a Record Box Office Boost After Oscars 2020 Win!

Parasite is having a phenomenal run at the box office!

The Bong Joon-ho-directed film, which picked up the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars, got a record boost at the box office following the win, Variety reported on Sunday (February 16).

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The film brought in $5.5 million over the weekend – a 234% increase in ticket sales, marking the biggest post-Oscars boost in the past decade. The movie has brought in $8.8 million since the ceremony. To date, Parasite has made $44 million in the United States, resulting in a global earning of $175 million.

It is the first non-English film in history to win the Best Picture award. Here’s why Bong Joon-ho only gets to keep three out of four Oscars for Parasite

Here's Why Bong Joon-ho Only Gets to Keep 3 Out of 4 Oscars for 'Parasite' Wins

The movie Parasite won four awards at the 2020 Oscars and while it seems filmmaker Bong Joon-ho would be eligible to receive all of them, he only gets to take home three trophies.

The South Korean film won the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film – and Bong was on stage to accept all four of them.

Bong is the producer, director, and co-writer of the movie, so he gets to take home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. While you’d think that the producers and director would take home the Best International Feature Film award, this award is actually not given to any specific person.

The Oscars’ Best International Feature Film award is considered to be an award for the country where the film is from. For this category, each country is allowed to submit one film that it believes to be the best film of the year from that country. The Oscar statue for this award is often displayed in museums in the country that wins.

Winning three Oscars is pretty cool though!

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How to Stream 'Parasite' After Major Oscars 2020 Win

Parasite won big at the 2020 Academy Awards!

Director Bong Joon-ho and his cast and crew took home several history-making awards at the event held on Sunday (February 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Not only did the film win Best Picture, it also won for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

If you haven’t seen it yet, good news: You can watch Parasite right now from the comfort of your own home.

Parasite is available to buy or rent on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, and FandangoNow.

Happy streaming!

You can also see photos of the Parasite cast on the red carpet here, and see the full winners list here.


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