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11 February 2020 14:32

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How to Watch Parasite, Snowpiercer, and Bong Joon Ho's Other Films

It's an odd feeling to wake up and not be mad at the Oscars, and it's all because Parasite, Bong Joon Ho's incredible film about class and capitalism, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture (and several other awards) on Sunday evening. If Parasite was your first introduction to Bong's body of work, we recommend checking out some of his other films, starting with his English-language debut, the 2013 film Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans and frequent Bong collaborator Song Kang-ho. Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, and Alison Pill also star in the film, which received critical acclaim when it debuted — this despite the fact Harvey Weinstein bumped the movie down to a limited release when Bong refused to make the changes he wanted. - Bong's directorial debut is also available as a bundle with The Host and Mother on Vudu A man attempts to lead a revolution against the wealthy in this film set on a train that circumnavigates the globe, but he eventually discovers things aren't quite what they appear. Bong Joon-ho is the toast of Hollywood – and Korea – after his four wins at the Academy Awards.

The South Korean director and his film Parasite won four Oscars for best director, best international film, best original screenplay and the all-important best picture, becoming the first non-English speaking movie to win the award in the Oscars' 92 year history. This critically acclaimed crime drama marked Bong Joon-ho's first collaboration with Song Kang-ho, who played Kim Ki-taek in Parasite. One of the top 20 highest grossing Korean films of all time, The Host sees Bong move into monster movies – with great success. Also starring Song Kang-ho, The Host sees a terrifying monster emerging from the Han River and terrorising the population and kidnapping a man named Park Gang-du's (Song) young daughter. Snowpiercer is Bong Joon-ho's first English language film, with 80% of the action film spoken in English, and boasts his most Western starry cast to date.

Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and of course, Song Kang-ho, Snowpiercer is set on a train which carries the world's population, after an attempt to end global warming results in Earth turning into a snowball. A bit quirkier than his more intense previous offerings, Bong Joon-ho's first Netflix original movie saw him collaborate with Tilda Swinton again… as well as a genetically modified superpig. – Director Bon Joon-ho is the toast of Hollywood this morning after ruling over the 92nd Academy Awards with his brilliant film "Parasite." For others, the South Korean director has been making great movies for some time now, specifically 2013's "Snowpiercer," which fans are buzzing about since Joon-ho's Oscar win. The story of this year's Oscars ceremony is the success of Parasite, the winner of Best Picture, and its director Bong Joon-ho. Only two of his films prior to Parasite, Snowpiercer (2013) and Okja (2017), were in English – and then only for the most part.

Okja was nominated for the 2017 Palme d'Or, but aside from three prizes at the Asian Film Awards for The Host (2006) and Mother (2009), that's all the gold he's received. Bong has finally won an Oscar – four, in fact – with his latest film Parasite Credit: Danny Moloshok/Reuters Kim Sang-kyung and Song Kang-ho (who's also in The Host, Snowpiercer and Parasite) play two detectives chasing a serial rapist/killer. Memories of Murder (2003), Bong's second film, has recently been restored Snowpiercer (2013) And finally, led by Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Song Kang-ho (again), Bong's international breakthrough came. The writer and director took home four Oscars for the film "Parasite" at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday in the categories of best picture, director, international feature film and original screenplay. Bong, who studied sociology and starting making films in college, closed out awards season on a high note after completing a nearly year-long media tour surrounding his dark comedy about two South Korean families on opposites ends of the wealth spectrum.

Long before the director's major wins, Bong learned the importance of staying focused on his work and true to his creative vision, even under pressure from other powerful figures in his field. While working on his first major U.S. release "Snowpiercer," Bong reportedly came to a disagreement with producer Harvey Weinstein about the action-thriller's editing. While "Snowpiercer" didn't get wider publicity despite a blockbuster cast and story, Bong said it was worth being able to present his director's cut to audiences. Bong took these lessons to his next venture in 2017, when he worked with Netflix and a budget of $57 million to direct "Okja," an action-adventure film about a Korean girl who raises a genetically modified super-pig. When the Netflix title card appeared ahead of "Okja's" screening at the Cannes Film Festival that year, several audience members booed, stoking the discussion as to whether the streaming giant deserved to be considered a part of the film industry.

During his Oscars acceptance speech for best director, Bong thanked his fellow nominees for their work and inspiration. While Bong has reveled in "Parasite's" historic win — it's the first non-English film to win best picture — the first Korean filmmaker to win best director said he shares the honor with fellow nominees Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes and Todd Phillips.