Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” made history on Sunday night as the first South Korean film to win a Golden Globe.
The dark comedy thriller, known at home as “Gisaengchung” (“기생충”), received the award for best foreign-language film, beating Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” (France), Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” (Spain), Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (France) and Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” (USA).
Co-written by Bong with Han Jin-won, “Parasite” follows the Kims, a poor Korean family that ingratiates their way into the lives of the wealthy Parks, eventually getting “entangled in an unexpected incident.”
The film stars Song Kang-ho — who collaborated with Bong in “Memories of Murder” (2003) and “The Host” (2006) — Chang Hyae-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong.
Parasite (South Korea) – Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski (@alexilubomirski). #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/rRSi89ZJBH
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 6, 2020
First released in May 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival, “Parasite” progressively became a global blockbuster, raking more than $23 million in local theaters and over $105 million in international cinemas.
The movie is also the first Korean film to win the coveted Palme d’Or — the highest prize at the Cannes — and has since received multiple accolades, including best film from Australia’s 9th AACTA International Awards, best picture and director from the 2019 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, and best picture, director and supporting actor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Additionally, “Parasite” is nominated for best cast in the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards and is on the shortlist for Academy Award nominations, the final list of which comes out on Jan. 13.
The film was also nominated for best director and best screenplay on Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
Bong Joon Ho: “Once you overcome the one inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films” https://t.co/oWOsq8YtW4 pic.twitter.com/mJAJhEIH4U
— Variety (@Variety) January 6, 2020
“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” Bong said through a translator in his acceptance speech. “Just being nominated along with fellow, amazing international filmmakers was a huge honor.”
“Parasite,” presented entirely in Korean, did not qualify for the best picture nomination, since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association requires contenders to feature “more than 50% English dialogue.”
“I think we use only one language: the cinema,” Bong added.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Thank you @goldenglobes pic.twitter.com/M4CqyL5VWe
— Parasite (@ParasiteMovie) January 6, 2020
Fans congratulated the movie for its latest success:
Congrats on the best movie of 2019 for me.
Subtitles dissapear the moment you see the brilliant actors and the story.
Please watch IT.
— Roxsy Roxs – SupremePdMom (@RosinaRamrez1) January 6, 2020
Well deserved! 😎👍
— Felix Mater Society (@FelixMater) January 6, 2020
Best flick I’ve seen in a long, long time.
— Josh Smith (@wookielovemachn) January 6, 2020
More than deserved!! 👏👏
— Kath_jyholic (@kath_jyholic) January 6, 2020
YAAAASSS!!!!!! ♥️❤💕💘💓💖 WELL DESERVED
— anne✌🏿Parasite (2019) (@ViolaDavisbitch) January 6, 2020
Congratulations! All cast and crew of this film that mad this film flawless. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Steven Song (@songsteven2) January 6, 2020
Congratulations!! The movie was great!!!
— Makarena (@Maka_Coneja) January 6, 2020
AS IT DESERVES !!!!!
— bong joon-ho oscar train (@portraitenfeu) January 6, 2020
Congrats!!! SO WELL DESERVED!!
— Pilar✨ (@R0ckmel0u) January 6, 2020
Could have easily won best film of the year if it was nominated.
— Daniel Mayorga (@followingDAM) January 6, 2020
Feature Image Screenshots via CJ Entertainment (Left) and Variety (Right)