The South Korean film Parasite made Academy Award history on Sunday, February 9, 2020. The comedy-thriller broke boundaries by becoming the first film that's not in the English language to win Best Picture. But the top prize wasn't the only award Parasite earned that night. Director Bong Joon-ho won for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (shared with Han Jin Won), and Best International Feature, too.
Bong accepted his awards and spoke through his translator—25-year-old filmmaker Sharon Choi—conveying his elation during each of the film's victories. “When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is, ‘The most personal is the most creative,’” he said while receiving the directing trophy. “That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese,” Bong added in English, connecting the two cultures and bringing the crowd to its feet.
In that moment, there's no denying that the excitement for Bong and his incomparable film permeated through the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. But, Parasite gained a devoted following long before Oscar night. The film inspired people from all around the world, including artists and designers who took it upon themselves to pay homage to this cinematic masterpiece. In fact, several fans decided to design their own posters for the film, playing with visual and metaphoric themes of the movie.
The film transcends race, culture, creed, and anything else that may separate people. It is a universal and timeless tale understood by people all around the world. The film is something that you should experience without any spoilers, so we won’t say anything about the sordid tale of have-nots and have-lots.
If you haven’t seen this film, the Parasite website will direct you to a theater where it is playing near you. In the meantime, scroll down to see the different iterations of the film’s poster—some created by fans around the world.
At the 2020 Oscars, the South Korean film Parasite made history by being the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture.
Bong is meticulous about his process and creates full storyboards (sequences of planned shots) for all of his films.
“I’ve never started shooting without having my storyboards 100% ready.” Bong Joon Ho pic.twitter.com/N9JlLl7sDP
— NEON (@neonrated) February 2, 2020
His hard work culminated in a film that's been shown around the world…
…and many alternative versions of the now-iconic film poster (some of them created by fans).