'Parasite' director Bong Joon Ho gets hero's welcome in South Korea

Reuters New Delhi, India Feb 16, 2020, 04.58 PM(IST)

Bong Joon Ho Photograph:( Reuters )

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The movie won a total of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and best international feature film

 

'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho was greeted with cheers and applause as he returned to South Korea on Sunday after his historic four-Oscar win.

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About 300 reporters and fans were waiting to greet Bong as he arrived at the Incheon International Airport.

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"Thank you for the applause, I would like to send a round of applause back to you all for coping so well with the coronavirus," Bong said. 

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"I will join the effort to overcome the corona by washing my hands diligently. Happy to be home." 

'Parasite' became the first foreign-language film to win the best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards on Feb 9.

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It won a total of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and best international feature film.

The film is a tale of two South Korean families - the wealthy Parks and the poor Kims - that mirrors the deepening disparities in Asia`s fourth-largest economy and has struck a chord with global audiences.

Koreans have been celebrating for the past week. Local cinemas and TV channels began a rerun of the film, as well as showing Bong`s other films including "Snowpiercer" and "Memories of Murder."

Bong and the cast of "Parasite" are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday.