Director Bong Joon Ho accepted the Golden Globe Sunday for best foreign language film for Parasite, a black comedy which became the first Korean film ever to win a Golden Globe.
It’s now in line to possibly be the first South Korean film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
Speaking through an interpreter, the affable Bong told an appreciative audience “once you overcome the one inch barrier of subtitles, you will discover so many more amazing films.”
The movie ranks as this year’s top grossing foreign language film of the year and could become one of the top 10 top grossing foreign language films of all time in the U.S.
“This idea of a poor family infiltrating the lives of a rich one is where I first delved in. It was more like putting these characters together in a very controlled environment and then watching the chemical reactions unfold,” Bong told the Hollywood Reporter.
He called the movie’s success in the U.S. “very inevitable because this film is about the rich and poor, and the U.S. is about the heart of capitalism, so I thought it was natural to gain such an explosive response.”
Among the films Parasite beat out was Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, although Awkwafina did win for best actress in a musical or comedy.
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