In a statement released on June 5th a representative from the online streaming service Watcha Play claimed that in the top five movies requested between June 1st and June 3rd, three films from director Bong Joon-ho have emerged in the top five. "Mother - 2009", "Memories of Murder" and "Snowpiercer" were those movies.
The exact placement of those three movies in the top 5, as well as the other two most popular titles during that timeframe, were not revealed. Online streaming services typically consider this information proprietary and do not generally release it at all.
In this case the information establishes that subsequent popular films by well-known directors, in this case "Parasite" by Bong Joon-ho, reinvigorate interest in that director's filmography. The same effect can be frequently seen with remakes and sequels, which often inspire interest in the original they were based off of.
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. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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