Following the apparent banning of a screening of "Parasite" at a local Chinese film festival, "Parasite" is now appearing on Chinese sites as an illegal download. The release appears to be connected with "Parasite" being released on on-demand services in South Korea, which is the first time a digital version of the movie has been made available to the general public.
The abstract popularity of "Parasite" with Chinese downloaders is impossible to know, because of the fragmented nature of the data. However, over two hundred links to "Parasite" have been found on nine different websites with Chinese downloads. "Parasite" appearing on torrent sites at the same time as the Aladdin remake, which also just saw release on the South Korean on-demand market, suggests that files from the South Korean on-demand market are fueling Chinese piracy.
Mentions of "Parasite" on Chinese social media services have also spiked, suggesting widespread interest in the film. South Korean movies in general have not publicly appeared in China since the THAAD Boycott in 2016. The reaction either government may take against this action is unclear. Though such pirate sites are strictly illegal, monitoring them is difficult and in most cases the Chinese government has no direct reason to push against copyright violations.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
"[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Appears on Chinese Pirate Sites"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Posts Disappointing Returns
While "The Divine Fury" did not do as poorly as "The King's Letters" at the South Korean box offic,...More
[HanCinema's News] Son Seung-won's Sentence Affirmed at Second Trial
On August 9th a Seoul court ruled on Son Seung-won's second trial and concluded that the first one,...More
[Photos] New Stills Added for the Upcoming Korean Movie "Closed School"
New stills added for the upcoming Korean movie "Closed School",...More
Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.