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Untold half of 'Parasite' story

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14.02.2020

A big banner bearing the photo of director Bong Joon-ho raising his Oscar trophy drapes a wall of a building in Yonsei University, his alma mater. Yonhap
By Oh Young-jin

I may sound, well, unpatriotic. But if that is the risk, I would take it for my own patriotic reasons.

I think we are overreacting to the success of "Parasite" at the recent Academy Awards. There has been much depressing news lately ― a tanking economy, rudderless politics and endless bickering in our society. So our native son, director Bong Joon-ho, making Oscar history, has every reason to scoop us all for a temporary euphoric journey to an alternative world, so to speak.

True, it is nothing less than a monumental affair that Bong's class struggle thriller (that is by Marxist definition and the universal scourge of inequality by Piketty's) won the award for the best original screenplay, best international feature, best director and the best picture ― an unprecedented achievement.

President Moon Jae-in applauds at the news of Bong winning at the Academy Awards. Yonhap
It is Bong who calmed us down, when he said, "We don't write for our countries," after winning the screenplay award, the first of the quartet. We are getting it out of proportion, aren't we?

The Oscars are a U.S. festival in Hollywood that........

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