We all want more stuff from Bong Joon-ho, and thankfully, he’s going to give it to us. The filmmaker appears to have several different projects on the way, and now he’s adding another one: an animated movie about a fish. “Been there, done that!” you might be saying, but wait – this doesn’t sound like your typical cartoon fish movie. Instead, it’s reportedly about “an invertebrate deep-sea fish who believes he’s suffering from spinal disk herniation,” which sounds both weird and amazing at the same time.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look at 2021 Oscars highlights from the 93rd Academy Awards that aired last night on ABC. See how the format was initially shaken up by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, and see some of the best speeches of the night from the winners. Plus, check out a viral moment featuring Glenn Close, and be puzzled by the unnecessarily speedy In Memoriam segment honoring the Hollywood greats that we lost over the past year. Read More »
Bong Joon-ho was supposed to take a break after his historic awards campaign for the Best Picture-winning Parasite. The South Korean filmmaker spoke about his exhaustion in the aftermath of Oscar season, and admitted that he had trouble getting back to work on his new scripts for his two follow-up films — one Korean-language, one English-language. But Bong revealed that he has already completed the script for his next film.
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Bong Joon-Ho‘s 2003 film Memories of Murder is getting a high-profile re-release from Neon, the company that distributed his award-winning Parasite. The mystery-thriller has been digitally remastered and will head to theaters for two nights in October. After that, the film is set to head to Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection. A Memories of Murder re-release trailer can be seen below.
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Bong Joon-ho famously storyboards all of his films before he ever gets behind the camera. When the Oscar-winning director of Parasite gets on set, he doesn’t hand his cast a script, he hands them a collection of detailed storyboards that are more akin to a comic book — a comparison that Bong’s own Okja star Steven Yeun made, describing the “fully bound books” of the storyboards he received like a “manga.”
Bong’s meticulous storyboards are how he was able to shoot the Oscar-winning movie on a tight 77-day production schedule, and it’s how Parasite will so easily transition to becoming a graphic novel with PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards.
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I know time has essentially ceased to matter in the quarantine era, but for those of you who still appreciate marking things like anniversaries, Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite is coming up on the one year anniversary of its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Neon, the up-and-coming distributor which helped guide the movie to its historic award season run, has released a video celebrating “a year of cinema” and tracking the movie’s incredible journey from Palm d’Or winner to the Oscar afterparty. Read More »
What’s Bong Joon-ho going to do next? How about a musical? The Parasite filmmaker probably has more creative freedom right now than he’s ever had before – winning multiple Oscars will do that – so there’s a good chance he can get any project he desires off the ground. And one of those potential projects is a musical. But as you might expect, a Bong Joon-ho musical is not going to be your average musical.
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Bong Joon-ho, ever the mensch, is using his powers for good. The filmmaker is on everyone’s mind right now thanks to his award-winning Parasite, but rather than rest on his laurels, Bong has decided to highlight 20 up-and-coming filmmakers. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel for these filmmakers to have their work highlighted by one of the best directors around right now. See the list below.
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Hot off its Best Picture win at the Academy Awards, Bong Joon-ho‘s incredible genre-bending social thriller Parasite was given a wide release into 2,000 theaters in the United States, essentially doubling its theatrical reach even though the film has been available on home video since the end of January. But now, the film can be seen in an even bigger and better way: in IMAX. According to a new report, Parasite will be available in select IMAX theaters for one week starting tomorrow. Read More »
Update: In a piece for Variety reflecting on her experience interpreting for Bong Joon-ho over the past several months, Sharon Choi says she is not, in fact, writing a movie about awards season. Here’s an excerpt:
Empathy bridges the gap between the perpetual “others.” And to feel a little less lonely is why I want to be a storyteller. And no, I am not writing a feature on the awards season. This is a deeply personal experience I’ve yet to process, and it will find another time to seep into my stories. The one I am writing about is a small story set in Korea that’s close to my heart because, as director Bong quoted the sincere words of Martin Scorsese, “the personal is the most creative.”
You can read the entire piece here. Our original article follows.
Sharon Choi has been along for Parasite‘s wild ride for months, from it unanimously winning the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival to its historic win at last night’s Academy Awards. The 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker has been serving as Parasite co-writer/director Bong Joon-ho’s interpreter this entire time, and now a new report says that Choi is currently writing a feature length script set during awards season. Count me in. Read More »