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‘Unbelievable,’ says ‘Parasite’ director on Golden Globe win

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Bong Joon Ho’s movie “Parasite” won as Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first Korean film to get the recognition.

Cho Yeo-jeong in a scene in 'Parasite' (CJ Entertainment/Korean Film Council)

Cho Yeo-jeong in a scene in ‘Parasite’ (CJ Entertainment/Korean Film Council)

“Wow! Amazing. Unbelievable. Once we overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many amazing films. Just being nominated along with fellow amazing filmmakers was a huge honor,” said Bong as he accepted the award.

“Parasite” won the award over “Les Miserables,” “The Farewell,” “Pain and Glory” and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

During the Golden Globe red carpet event, Bong said the storyline for his film “came from my personal experience because I worked as a tutor in college. But it’s not as if I committed a crime.”

He said he “never, never expected” that his film would be nominated at the Golden Globes. Bong was also nominated for best director and best screenplay along with Han Jin-won.

“It’s very surprising. It was so unexpected. I just shot the film like I’ve always done. It’s amazing to be here with all of you right now,” the director said.

Asked why people loved the film, Bong said, “Maybe so many reasons. But maybe the story is hard to predict. To see the audience react so well to this film and have critics say it’s probably 99 percent perfect, there’s nothing happier to hear as a filmmaker. No one spoiled the film and I’m very grateful.”

“Parasite” stars Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong and Lee Jung-eun also attended the Golden Globes ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Golden Globe win has boosted the chances of “Parasite” to get an Oscar nomination for International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film). It was shortlisted for the category last December and the nominations will be announced on Jan. 13. The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 9.

Before the Golden Globe win, the National Society of Film Critics in the US voted “Parasite” as the Best Picture of the Year 2019 during its 54th annual awards held on Jan. 4 in New York City.

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