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Bong Joon-ho wins the best director Oscar for Parasite – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Bong Joon-ho wins the best director Oscar for Parasite – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Bong becomes second film-maker to win directing prize for a foreign language film at the Academy awards

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() Bong Joon-ho with his best director award at the nd Academy Awards. Photograph: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho

Bong paid tribute to Scorsese in his speech, saying that when he was young he “carved deep into my heart” a quote by Scorsese: “The most personal is the most creative.”

He also thanked Tarantino for championing his work: “Quentin, I love you.”

Parasite , which won the Palme d ‘Or at the Cannes film festival in May, is a satirical thriller about a hard-up family who manage to infiltrate the lives of a much richer one. It follows two successful (mostly) English-language films directed by Bong: the train-set sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer and the giant-pig eco fable Okja.

Since Cannes, Parasite has won a string of awards, including best foreign language film at the Baftas and Golden Globes, with Bong winning a number of critics awards for the film’s direction.

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