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[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Seventh South Korean Film to Be Honored at Cannes Film Festival


"Parasite" made history at the Cannes Film Festival this year by winning the Plame d'Or. Although "Parasite" was the first South Korean film to be granted the festival's highest honor, it is the seventh South Korean film to be granted some honor.

The first such film to be honored was "Chihwaseon" in 2002, which garnered a best director award for Im Kwon-taek. The award was as much for Im Kwon-taek's legendary history as a prolific director as for the film itself. "Chihwaseon" was his ninety-eighth film - he has since directed four more.

"Old Boy" won the Grand Prix in 2004, and went on from that moment to become a defining film for South Korean cinema worldwide. Jeon Do-yeon won the best actress prize for her work on "Secret Sunshine" in 2007, and has been a favorite of international film festivals ever since.

"Thirst" won the Jury Prize in 2009 and "Poetry" won for best screenplay in 2011. "The Handmaiden" won the Vulcan Award for best art direction in 2016. All of these films benefited from an increased international profile following their success at Cannes, and "Parasite" is likely to do the same.

Written by William Schwartz


"Parasite" is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and features Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Wooshik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin. Release date in Korea: 2019/05/30.

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