Director Bong Joon-ho and actor Song Kang-ho were awarded national cultural awards for contributing to promoting the Korean film industry through “Parasite”. Through a statement, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that they gave the second-highest award in South Korean culture the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit, to Bong. Aside from that, if you haven’t watched “Parasite”, we suggest you watch it on viooz.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism stated that Mr. Bong has successfully promoted the Korean film industry in the international scale.
Meanwhile, Song Kang-ho was given the Okgwan medal, the fourth-highest award. The medal was handed over through a ceremony held at the South Korean National Theater.
The film depicting social and economic inequality in society through the lives of two families won many awards, one of which was the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
“Parasite” is the first Korean film to win the highest prize in the world-famous cinematic competition.
“Parasite” is also the only Asian film on the Oscar 2020 Best Foreign Language Film shortlist. The film will compete with nine films, mostly from Europe, such as Les Miserables (France) and Beanpole (Russia).
“Parasite” also entered the shortlist of original songs through A Glass of Soju written by Bong Joon-ho. The song will fight Speechless (Aladdin), Into The Unknown (Frozen II) and Spirit (The Lion King).
However, Parasite is not the only film by Bong Joon-ho that is appreciated by the Korean government. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism also appreciated the film Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother and Snowpiercer.
Meanwhile, the Korean government also appreciated the role of Song Kang-ho in several other films, most of which were also works by Bong Joon-ho, such as The Host and Snowpiercer.
Song Kang-ho’s acting in The Attorney and A Taxi Driver is also considered to promote South Korean film to the world.