After the Palme d’Or, the Golden Globes and a slew of critics’ gongs, it is highly likely that helmer-writer Bong Joon Ho
’s masterful, multilevel black comedy “Parasite
” will achieve the triple crown of prestige kudos by nabbing the international feature Oscar. Surprisingly, it is the first South Korean film to be nominated in this category, although last year’s “Burning
,” helmed by Lee Chang-dong, made the December shortlist.
More uncertain is whether “Parasite
” will score in the five other categories in which it is nominated: best motion picture of the year, directing, editing (by Yang Jinmo), achievement in production design and original screenplay. These additional nominations mark a record haul of commendations for a non-English language title.
The film has been a hit for distributor Neon in
the U.S., and is the highest-grossing foreign-language title ever released, grossing more than $25 million so far. Indeed, it has been