best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

We live in a world where Parasite is a Best Picture winner, and where every publication has been quick to recommend dozens of other South Korean films to watch now that audiences have suddenly accepted subtitles.

Well, as the column that has long been advocating for subtitled movies, I’m here to shake things up a bit. I won’t be recommending the best South Korean films to check out if Parasite has piqued your interest in the country’s cinematic offerings (we already have a list for those who want to begin that journey), but giving you a peek behind the curtain into Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s mind. Bong is an ardent cinephile who has passionately spoken about his favorite films, classic and new, all of which span the globe. So if you want to dig into the films that influenced Bong and his latest masterpiece Parasite, here is where you can stream some of his favorite non-English language films.

Fire up those subtitles, and let’s get streaming.

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New Bong Joon-ho movie

Parasite is one of the year’s most acclaimed films, and everyone wants to know: what will director Bong Joon-ho do next? According to the man himself, he’s planning two different movies: an English-language drama based on a true story and a Korean horror-action film. In addition to that, Parasite distributor Neon has snapped up the rights to Bong’s 2003 film Memories of Murder, and plans to re-release it in theaters.

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Parasite Ending

Having already celebrated huge success in Cannes, where it won the prestigious Palme d’Or, as well as having been selected as South Korea’s entry for the Best International Feature Film for next year’s Academy Award, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is now unleashed upon American theaters. Bong revisits some of the themes he explored in Snowpiercer to craft a meticulous story of class, scams, and prejudices. In his review for /Film, Jason Gorber said Parasite “takes the audience along for a twisty, twisted ride and gets under your skin.”Bong takes the story of a family that scams its way into being employed by an upper class family, and makes it a roller coaster of expectations and emotions, one that plays with the home invasion genre, comedy, and epic tragedy all at once.

Following the Texas premiere of the film at Fantastic Fest, I talked to Bong Joon-ho about crafting such a twisted tale, its operatic score, and how much he wanted to reveal of that shocking ending. There will be major spoilers after the warning below.

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With the English-language releases Snowpiercer and OkjaBong Joon-Ho has made some of the wildest and boldest cross-cultural films in recent memory. Now, the South Korean director makes a return to his home country — and what appears to be a return to his darker, genre-defying style — for his latest film, Parasite. Watch the trailer below.

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Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer has criss-crossed the globe and come all the way back around to Hollywood. A Snowpiercer TV series is now in the works, with Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman set to write. Bong and Oldboy director Chan-wook Park, who produced Snowpiercer, will executive produce the show. Read More »