Bong Joon-ho's translator, Sharon Choi

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 »

parasite storyboards

Bong Joon-ho doesn’t hand his cast a script – he hands them a comic book. Or more accurately, a book full of the film’s storyboards that the Oscar-winning director meticulously draws himself. Bong has been known for storyboarding all of his movies before he ever gets behind the camera, shooting with a level of precision that is rarely seen in filmmakers today. And no film better shows that precision than Bong’s Best Picture-winning film Parasite.

Bong’s Parasite storyboards show the director envisioned every shot from the beginning, allowing him to shoot in a tight 77-day production. We’ll soon get to see exactly what that vision was with the release of a graphic novel compiling the Parasite storyboards drawn by Bong, some of which have already been teased online ahead of the novel’s May debut. And this being the internet, someone has already whipped up a video comparing Bong’s Parasite storyboards and the final product that made it to the screen. See how Parasite went from storyboards to screen in the video below.

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How to Make a Long Movie Shot

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, find out how long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »

parasite criterion collection

#BongHive, assemble! Fresh off the filmmaker’s big Oscar win comes news that Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite and Memories of Murder are both headed to the Criterion Collection. Parasite, which just won Best Picture, was recently given a pretty bare-bones Blu-ray release, while Memories of Murder has never had a U.S. Blu-ray – until now. Neon, who distributed Parasite, also snapped up the rights to Bong’s 2003 film, and plan on re-releasing it in theaters before it arrives on Blu-ray.

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Parasite in Theaters

Parasite was first released in limited theaters all the way back in October 2019 before expanding to a wider release in November. Since then, it’s been kicking around movie theaters as it picked up more and more awards season buzz. Now that the movie has been named Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it’s getting its widest theatrical release yet, with NEON expanding the movie to over 2,000 theaters this weekend, giving everybody a chance to see it on the big screen. Read More »

parasite tv series mark ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo is rumored to be in consideration for the Parasite TV series headed to HBO. This news is very, very early, and HBO has no comment on the matter. But a report indicates that Ruffalo is being sought after to lead the series. This immediately raises several questions. Who is Ruffalo playing? And does this mean the series is re-casting the story with American actors? If so, that seems to go against previous reports that the show would actually be a continuation of the film.

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Bong Joon-ho Ties Oscars Record

Last night was a big one for director Bong Joon-ho. Not only did his film Parasite win Best International Film as many predicted, the filmmaker walked away with Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and (amazingly) Best Picture. It was the first time a foreign language film won the top prize at the Academy Awards, but the Oscar glory doesn’t stop there. With those four wins in a single night, Bong Joon-ho tied a 67-year old record set by none other than Walt Disney. Read More »

best moments of the 2020 oscars

Like every year, Sunday’s 2020 Oscars ceremony was a night of overwhelming highs and abysmal lows. But Parasite is now a four-time Oscar winner, so things are (mostly) right in the world. Because of that, we’ll only be counting down the highs of this year’s host-less Oscars ceremony, which ran the gamut of emotions from confusing, to chaotic, to cathartic. Here are our highlights of the 92nd Academy Awards.

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2020 Oscars Video Highlights - Bong Joon-ho

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, since the 92nd Academy Awards aired last night, we’re running through some 2020 Oscars video highlights. The show may not have had a host, but it had some major moments in between the little golden men being handed out. Janelle Monae opened the Oscars with a vibrant, dance-heavy musical number honoring nominess and movies snubbed by The Academy. Chris Rock and Steve Martin came as close to hosting the show as we were going to get, Idina Menzel belted a Frozen 2 tune with an assembly of international singers, and much more.

On top of the show highlights, we’ve also included some of the best acceptance speeches, included two extensive moments with Best Actor and Best Actress winners Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger, the surprise when Bong Joon-ho took home Best Director, and of course, the big moment when Parasite won Best Picture. Read More »

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Parasite

What praise is left to offer for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite that someone has not yet said? From debuting to the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival to earning the first ever Oscar nominations for South Korea, this riveting masterpiece gained fans among critics, moviegoers and industry folk at every turn this season. With the film now available to rent digitally and purchase on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, it’s time to go deeper into the film’s immaculate construction and execution.

Luckily, I was able to do just that with the film’s editor, Jinmo Yang. I caught him on the phone at the end of the whirlwind day where he scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing. Despite being incredibly tired, he still cogently spoke to how the collaboration process worked with director Bong and how little the film departed from the meticulous storyboards created in pre-production.

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