Parasite director Bong Joon-ho says 'language barrier' broken after Oscar nod

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho says 'language barrier' broken after Oscar nod

The dark comedy about the vast gap between the rich and poor in South Korea snagged nominations for best picture, best director, best screenplay and best international feature.

FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival - Closing ceremony
FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival - Closing ceremony - Cannes, France, May 25, 2019. Director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d'Or award winner for his film Parasite (Gisaengchung), reacts. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho said he was surprised and overjoyed when the film won six Oscar nominations on Monday (Jan 13), a historic first for South Korea's film industry and a sign that language is no longer a barrier to global success.

Parasite, a dark comedy about the vast gap between the rich and poor in South Korea, snagged a coveted best picture nomination, best director for Bong, and best screenplay in addition to its best international feature nomination.

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"Every time they announced the new nominations, it was so thrilling, because we didn't really anticipate any of this," Bong told Reuters Television in an interview in California.

Bong had previously discussed the challenges of international films breaking the "language barrier" around the world, but said the nominations suggest those barriers may now be falling.

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"We can say that thanks to the Internet, social media and these streaming services, the entire society is experiencing less of these language barriers and perhaps Parasite benefited from that global trend," he said.

In a video shared online by production company NEON, one of the show's stars, Song Kang-ho, manages to not spill a cup of coffee as he and others in the room excitedly celebrate.

"The sign you're a global superstar: You don't spill your coffee when your film is nominated for Best Picture," the company said.

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(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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