She wasn't wrong. "Parasite" picked up four awards on Sunday night, including a history-making best picture win.
In the end, the infectious buzz around the South Korean film, which centers on two families on opposite sides of South Korea's economic gap, turned out to be too powerful for its Oscar competitors, which included some of Hollywood's most seasoned filmmakers. Whether by chance or by destination, these two houses come together and the Kim feel a golden opportunity. Soon, a symbiotic relationship is formed between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic intruder threatens the newly discovered comfort of the Kim, a wild and ruthless battle for dominance is unleashed, which threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kim and the Parks.
Reminiscences of Homicide marked Director Bong's first collaboration with actor Music Kang Ho, who additionally stars as patriarch Kim Ki-taek in Parasite.
No release date has now been set for the special Criterion Collection editions for both films, but both are now available for purchase on various digital platforms! Parasite is being hailed by critics as the best film to emerge this past fall, earning 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.
A little less than 3 years since inception, NEON has garnered 10 Oscar nominations and already grossed over $150M at the Box Office. Bong Joon Ho's capitalist critique and modern masterpiece is one of the most original and exciting films to hit any theater worldwide in recent memory, so it's no wonder that it surged ahead of a crowded field to take home the coveted Best Picture trophy. It was the first time a non-English film won Best Picture in the award show's history.
The company continues to be an impressive force at festivals, with recent Sundance acquisitions such as Max Barbakow's sought after Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, which NEON acquired with Hulu, and Josephine Decker's Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss.
Before "Parasite" won over several Oscars, Chinese-American director Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" triumphed at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards.