Awards Profile 2019: Joon-Ho Bong’s ‘Parasite’ from NEON

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FILM: “Parasite”

DIRECTOR: Joon-Ho Bong
PRODUCERS: Young-Hwan Jang, Park Myeong-Chan, and Kwak Sin-ae
WRITER(S): To Be Announced
CAST: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, and Yeo-Jeong Cho
SYNOPSIS: All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes a peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. (IMDB)

SCHEDULED RELEASE: June 15, 2019 (South Korea), no U.S. release date announced.


Joon-Ho Bong’s “Parasite” is one of the movies I am most looking forward to this year, having been a big fan of each of the auteur’s previous four feature films. From his sometimes terrifying, sometimes ridiculous creature-feature, “The Host” (2006), to his suspenseful and twisted tale, “Mother” (2010), to his quixotic and avant-garde fables, “Snowpiercer” (2013) and “Okja” (2017), Joon-Ho Bong is a visionary filmmaker whose anecdotal style is both bold and neoteric.

One can hope for the same here with “Parasite,” and as Bong continues to build an impressive resume, the more likely his chances to be recognized by a large voting group become. Following a Palme d’Or nomination for “Okja,” anything is possible as we move forward with the South Korean writer/director.


“Parasite” could be a Foreign Language contender, perhaps, but could the Korean-spoken film breakthrough for above-the-line consideration? It seems like a pretty uphill battle, considering we just saw the 2018 critical darling, “Roma,” also a non-English dialect movie, come up short for the win.

Considering a few of Bong’s recent films (“The Host,” “Snowpiercer,” and “Okja,” to name a few), and the vague description in the synopsis above, one would imagine “Parasite” is likely to have supernatural elements in its theme. While this wasn’t a detractor for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” a couple of years ago, it historically hasn’t been a facet the Academy bends over for to recognize.

Those are two significant hurdles for the film to overcome right out of the gate, as far as its award contentions are concerned.


  • Original Screenplay (To be announced)
  • Foreign Language Film (To be announced)
  • Production Design (To be announced)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (To be announced)
  • Sound Mixing (To be announced)
  • Sound Editing (To be announced)
  • Visual Effects (To be announced)

Are you excited or skeptical about Joon-Ho Bong’s “Parasite?” Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Written by Mark Johnson

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