Do not Ask Parasite Director Bong Joon-ho About Parasite

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If you want to understand the hype about parasites, you have to go to the theater and see for yourself.

After three 2020 Golden Globes nominations on Monday – including the best screenplay, the best director and the best foreign-language film – director Bong Joon-ho held in the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon celebrating his late night American debut. Jimmy Fallon of course, raved about the South Korean thriller, though he had many questions about the film. "I did not know what the movie was about, and I just heard it was great," Jimmy said. "I loved it … It's hard to describe the movie, how do you describe parasites?"

But here's the thing: Bong refused to answer any questions about his critically acclaimed project. "I want to say as little as possible," he said through his translator, "because the movie is best when it's cold."

And this was a premiere for the host, who was surprised by the answer. "Well," Jimmy said, "this is a talk show, so you have to say something." So he had to surrender. At least a little. "It's a story about the family," Bong explained. "The son goes to a rich house as a tutor and the story takes place from there."

Hmm, fascinating … maybe?

When Jimmy described the film's emotional roller coaster – "You feel sad for them and then they make you laugh – then they get in trouble and you say," Oh, that's bad. "- Bong could not help but agree with him." They are very human, "he said of his characters." It's just a funny and scary movie. "

And one that's already at the box office At the Cannes Film Festival (19459003) in 2019 (19459004), Parasite became the first Korean film to win the highest prize, but unfortunately Bong was less than impressed, and after eight minutes standing ovations (yes , eight minutes) Bong quickly thanked the cheering crowd and then said, "Let's all go home."

Of course, he had his reasons.

"It was almost midnight," he recalled Jimmy. "The actors and I were very hungry because we could not have dinner … We all told each other:" We are so hungry. "And they subtitled it later in the video, but the applause I never stopped … Finally, I said, 'Let's go home.' "

And that is a feeling we can always leave behind.

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