Parasite (2019)

Over a month after the South Korean movie “Parasite” swept the Oscars, people are still talking (and writing!) about it. That has left me wondering: Of all the cinematic masterpieces to have come out of South Korea over the last two decades, why was “Parasite” the one to receive such widespread attention, winning four Oscars including Best Picture — the first foreign language film to nab the award in the Academy’s 92-year history — and over 170 other awards (including top honors at Cannes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Writers Guild Awards, the BAFTAs, the César Awards, etc.)?


Regina Kim

Comms director by day, occasional freelance writer by night. I like to write about Korean culture & the Asian American experience. Writings at

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