Parasite Makes History At 2020 Oscars

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Parasite became the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars.

Bridget McAree, Staff Writer

“Parasite,” an Oscar winning movie, directed by Bong Joon-ho, is a thriller movie that exploits class discrimination and the effects of capitalism in Korean society. Woo-sik Choi, who plays Ki-woo Kim, gets an opportunity from a friend to tutor a girl of the wealthy Park  family. His family is very poor and lives in a crammed underground “house” that frequently gets flooded. 

However, his family is also very smart and has learned to scam people in order to survive. After Ki-woo impresses the family with his tutoring skills, he gets his sister a job as an art therapist for the family. Then they manipulate the wealthy Park family by replacing each of their workers one by one. 

The family learns that the Park’s house cleaner is allergic to peaches and convinces the Parks family she has tuberculosis. The Park family is easy to manipulate and eventually the mother becomes the new house cleaner and the father becomes the new driver. Ki-woo’s family, the Kims, completely assimilate themselves into the Park’s lives, and they stay completely oblivious to it. 

However, the story has a dark twist and the people who get their jobs replaced are also extremely poor. In fact, they are even poorer than the Kim family. The people who get replaced realized what the Kims have done and the story takes a dark turn. 

Bong Joon-ho, who recently won four Oscars for the film, made history for Parasite being the first foreign film to win “Best Picture.” Bong Joon-ho also won “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay.” He is also famous for his speech at the Golden Globes, where he won “Best Foreign Language Film,” and said, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” Parasite also received 8.6/10 stars on IMDb and 99% on rotten tomatoes.