Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho has announced his retirement, shocking the film world and Korean fans around the globe.
When The Native correspondent and Korean culture specialist Jenny Zhang questioned Bong why he would leave his craft at the top, he had the following response.
“It’s true what they say, the better the Korean director, the spicier the Kimchi.”
Parasite (Korean: 기생충; RR: Gisaengchung) is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, and Jang Hye-jin and follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve either been living under a rock, or you know nothing about Asian culture. Go watch it today, you’re welcome.
After winning various accolades including four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, as well as the first film not in English to win Best Picture, Bong Joon-Ho thought he had won it all.
That was until Sydney founded The Kimchi company, told Bong that he would receive free Kimchi for life.
“Holy smoke, I thought I had reached the top. But this was something else”, Bong’s translator Sharon Choi shared with The Native.
“The Oscars were great, and a 99% Rotten Tomato score had me over the moon, but a lifetime supply of Kimchi? That’s what every Korean director dreams to win.”
To the dismay of all Korean fans, Bong is now considering retirement.
More spicy Kimchi to come.