As if winning the Academy Award for Best Picture wasn’t enough, Bong Joon Ho‘s “Parasite” will be further cemented in history as part of the Criterion Collection.
Neon and the Criterion Collection recently announced that the four-time-Academy Award-Winning film and Bong’s 2003 crime drama “Memories of Murder” would be receiving special-edition releases. However, no release date has been officially announced.
This sort of announcement is a rarity for the Criterion, seeing as they don’t usually ink deals this quickly as “Parasite” is still in theaters. However, with the recent release of the Criterion Special-Edition of “Roma” and an agreement already in place for a “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” release, perhaps exceptions are made for truly exceptionally groundbreaking cinema.
“Parasite” recently made history as the first foreign-language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the first Korean film to win Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received nominations for achievements in Production Design and Editing along with winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Since it’s domestic release in October, Bong’s riveting yet darkly comedic commentary on class divide has grossed over $35 million at the box office, becoming one of the Top 10 highest-grossing foreign-language films ever released in the US.
“Memories of Murder” was released in 2003 and marked the first of Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang Ho‘s collaborations. The film has gone on to be considered, “one of the most thrilling and haunting crime dramas released this century.” Neon recently acquired the rights to the film and will be re-releasing it in theaters before its home video release.