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  • -I love the movie "Parasite."

  • It is one of the best films of the year.

  • You directed it and co-wrote this film.

  • I went in not knowing what the movie was about

  • and just heard buzz that this was great.

  • And I loved it.

  • I loved it, because -- I don't want to spoil anything.

  • -Yeah. -It's hard to describe

  • the movie. -Yeah.

  • How do you describe "Parasite"?

  • -[ Speaking Korean ]

  • -I'd like to say as little as possible here,

  • because the film is best when you go into the cold.

  • [ Light laughter ] -Anyway --

  • Well, this is a talk show. -Yeah, yeah.

  • -So, you have to say something.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -[ Speaking Korean ]

  • -It's a story about a family.

  • The son goes into a rich house as a tutor

  • and the story unfolds from there.

  • -Just knock out performance. You just -- oh.

  • You feel sad for them, and then they make you laugh.

  • -Yeah. -And then they're in trouble.

  • And you go, "Oh -- Oh, don't. This is bad."

  • I mean, seriously, that you go through all of these --

  • -Yeah. -And then that's just the first,

  • kind of, half. -They're all very human.

  • Yeah. It's just funny and scary movie.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • [ Applause ]

  • -Yeah, yeah.

  • "Parasite" won the grand prize, the Palme d'Or

  • at the Cannes Film Festival. This is --

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • It was the first -- It was the first Korean film

  • to receive the award.

  • And you were the first Korean director to win the award.

  • Congratulations on that.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • Here's what made me laugh.

  • I read that it got an eight-minute standing ovation

  • for the film. -Yeah.

  • -Eight minutes of people clapping.

  • And then you got up and all you said was,

  • "Thank you. Let's all go home."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • What happened? Why?

  • -'Cause actually the screening was very late night,

  • it was almost midnight and --

  • [ Speaking Korean ]

  • -So the standing ovation lasted very long.

  • But the actors and I were very hungry,

  • because we couldn't eat dinner. [ Laughter ]

  • -So, actually, me and the actors --

  • [ Speaking Korean ]

  • "I'm so hungry."

  • -We all were saying to each other, "We're so hungry."

  • And they ended up subtitling it in the video that was later.

  • -No, no. [ Laughter ]

  • -But applause never stopped.

  • So, finally I said, "Let's go home."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -I think that's great.

-I love the movie "Parasite."

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Bong Joon Ho Talks Parasite and That Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

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