South Korea's movie magic

Oscar darling Parasite rocketed to global fame thanks to rich patrons and loyal audiences at home

The cast and crew of Parasite made Oscar history when the film became the first from Asia to win Best Picture.
The cast and crew of Parasite made Oscar history when the film became the first from Asia to win Best Picture. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Thanks to the Oscars sweep by social comedy Parasite, the secret is out: Korean movies are special.

Film fans in Singapore have known it for some time and will watch anything from masters such as Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon and, of course, the maker of Parasite, Bong Joon-ho.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'South Korea's movie magic'. Subscribe