A scene in "Parasite" shows a character mocking a North Korean television presenter, but Bong says he should not be too concerned.
Bong Joon-hos first stop after winning the Palm d 'Or in 2019 in Cannes The film festival was a press conference where the presenter informed the attending press that Bong's victory for a South Korean director was a historic premiere showed. Bong said the award was special in 2019, as this year marks the centenary of cinema in Korea. The director said he was "surprised" and "so pleased" to win the palm, and hoped that a historic victory would encourage moviegoers around the world to invest time in South Korean cinema as a whole.
"In 2006 I went to a retrospective on Kim Ki-young, I went to the French cinema library to see that, and was surprised that the French viewers really liked his films, and that impressed me a lot." Bong said, "I got the palm today in Cannes, but I'm not the only Korean director to receive this award."
Bong continued, "There are many Korean talents who could win the palm. I would like to do more retrospectives with great Korean directors around the world. Maybe this will help me today to move in that direction. It's an opportunity for people to learn more about Korean cinema around the world.
Kim Ki-young was one of Bong's biggest influences when he made "Parasite", his seventh feature film and second Cannes contender for Okja in 201
A newsman asked Bong if his film makes fun of North Korea scene in which a housekeeper mocks North Korean television personalities. Bong denied that his film was downing in North Korea and said, "You should not interpret this scene as a serious message relating to North Korea, on the contrary, it's just a joke."
Another part of the film shows A bunker on the property of a wealthy South Korean family Some have already said the bunker is Bong's way of referring to a possible North Korean nuclear attack, but Bong once again emphasized that it was more of a joke than a sharp criticism.
In South Korea, there are many comics that make sketches on these topics, and this is something that is very common in South Korea, and I think that when North Koreans watch my film one day, they will laugh at this joke in the movie. " Neon later deals with US distribution for "Parasite" this fall.