Parasite, Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed movie that won several awards at the 2020 Oscars, just can’t seem to find the right responses, atleast when it comes to audiences in the US. The movie won four Oscars, including Best Picture, but people just cannot seem to get over the fact that it is in Korean, and thus, they have to read the subtitles to understand it (that is, if you do not know the language).
The movie was a sensation the moment it came out last year. It won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival – the first South Korean movie to do so. It then went on to win big at the box office, earning around $266 million (on a budget of ~$11.4 million) and numerous other awards. The winning culminated in four wins at the Oscars – —Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. It was the first non-English language film in the Academy Awards history to win Best Picture.
Although people had expected the movie to win the Best International Feature Film and even the Best Director, the Best Picture win was delightful surprise to everyone.
Apart from these, the movie also bagged the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.
However, with so much legacy behind it, some people just have the tendency to nag about the most unnecessary things.
Hulu recently launched Parasite on its platform on 8 April and was celebrating the exclusive launch on Twitter when the haters started pouring in. However, what followed was absolutely brutal. Rather than ignore the cynics, Hulu decided to engage. And boy did they shut them down.
One user wrote, “Pathetic movie”. Hulu swift replied, “It won … four Oscars.” We were as disbelieved as them. However, the burn didn’t stop there. Parasite’s official Twitter handle got involved and replied back to the hater saying, “BEST PICTURE.”
However, the haters (and Hulu) weren’t done yet. As someone else pointed out that the movie wasn’t in English and that they would have to read (gasp!), Hulu asked them to learn Korean. Burn!
And for everyone else who pointed out the obvious that the film wasn’t in English and reading was such a chore, Hulu said the same thing – learn Korean. There was hope in that suggestion, and a lot of shade. And we are here for that.
Other than some of these people, critics and movie buffs all around the world had praised the movie left right and centre. No wonder it received so many awards and was also the highest grossing South Korean film worldwide.
For anyone unaware, Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film thatfollows the Kim family who are extremely poor and have a hard time making ends meet. However, their lives seem to change for the better once they con their way into the lives of the extremely wealthy Park family. Although things look great at first, their deception threaten to cost the family their lives.
Parasite is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in India.