Hulu has gained exclusive streaming rights to Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Per Variety, the acclaimed South Korean film will be available on the streaming service on April 8.
NEON originally acquired the North American rights for “Parasite” from South Korea’s CJ Entertainment, with Hulu agreeing to a deal with the independent studio which allows them to stream the film in the U.S. It’s part of a growing partnership between NEON and Hulu, with “I, Tonya,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “The Beach Bum” and “Honeyland” also available on the streaming service following their theatrical releases.
Interest in “Parasite” has been big since the beginning of its incredible awards run, with audiences often wondering where the Best Picture winner would eventually end up streaming. It’s no surprise that Hulu won the battle given the aforementioned partnership.
“Parasite” is a thrilling exploration of the class divide in South Korea, involving a poverty-stricken family that pose as highly qualified professionals in order to gain the long-term trust and employment of a wealthy family. Its unpredictable nature led to near-unanimous praise, with the film winning Best Director for Bong Joon-ho, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film at the 92nd Oscars, along with the coveted top prize.
Bong Joon-ho also wrote the screenplay for “Parasite” alongside Han Jin-won, with the ensemble featuring long time collaborator Song Kang-ho as well as Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun and Chang Hyae-jin.
His previous work includes “Okja” which was released by Netflix and “Snowpiercer” starring Chris Evans, which marked Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language feature. There will now be speculation on where the international rights for “Parasite” will end up.