Guest Post: By Yoon Ji Ah
Two Movies, Two Visions ~ Korean Movie Between Two Editions of Cannes Festival: 2018-2019
Finally, this year’s road Seoul – Cannes was absolutely shorter! Especially at returning home! As they say, the ice has broken! ’Parasites’ has become the first Korean movie ever to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or – the top film prize in the world!
Director Bong Joon-ho led the film and his team to the final victory with the support of jury and by a unanimous vote , but yet unexpected because of Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical ‘Pain and Glory’ which seemed to be a favorite so far ~ a Pedro Almodovar on the brink of retreat from a long and fabulous career.
‘Parasites’, a social satire, a black comic thriller, tells the story of a poor family that find jobs in a rich household by taking all their service positions, a thing that has unexpectedly bloody results.
Parasite is intensely emotional: when things go wrong (and they go very wrong!), you want desperately for our heroes to escape their dire situation, even if there’s no feasible way how they could. It’s so easy for good and normal people can do terrible things, and it’s never entirely possible for them to escape their sins!
Last year, the award went to Japanese movie ‘Shoplifters’ so this is the 2nd Palme d’Or victory in a row for an Asian director!
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Korean Film Screening so it’s no wonder that Director Bong Joon-ho told to the reporters: ‘ I think the Cannes Film Festival has offered me a very great gift’. He accepted the prize from legend-actress Catherine Deneuve and talked about his lifelong dream which was to succeed in cinema.
Bong Joon-ho also directed with his specific vision the movies ‘Snow Piercer’(2012) and ‘Okja’ ( also presented to the public at the Cannes competition of 2017), known and highly appreciated by both critics and the public.
This is ‘PARASITE’ Official Trailer:
And now I wish to remind you an amazing movie and a brilliant actor which I admire so much: Yoo Ah-In. Who doesn’t know his movies and dramas? From Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Fashion King, Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love, Secret Affair to Six Flying Dragons and Chicago Typewriter dramas; from Punch and Tough as Iron to Veteran or The Throne movies – his career is amazing! It would be unfair to not remind Yoo Ah In’s last movie’s performance!
The main cast includes: Yoo Ah-In, Steven Yeun, and Jun Jong-Seo. An interesting fact is that both Bong Joon-ho and Lee Chang-dong distributed actor Steve Yeun in their movies (‘Okja’ respectively ‘Burning’).
Overwhelming states of emotion, desire, resentment, anger, and fear make the movie so thrilling! ‘Burning’ is based around an enigma and tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Things are never what they seem. For example, Jongsoo dreams of the burning greenhouse: it is a great hallucinatory scene and it heats the entire film with menace and fear. The film is suspenseful and strange. And absolutely, a must see!
‘Burning’ won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It became the highest-rated film in the history of Screen International’s Cannes jury grid. ‘Burning’ also won Best Foreign Language Film in Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Foreign Language Film in Toronto Film Critics Association and National Board of Review’s Top Five Foreign Language Film. It went on to be nominated for three Asia Pacific Screen Awards, winning the Jury Grand Prize.
BURNING (2018) Official Trailer:
Guest Post: By Yoon Ji Ah
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