Korean cinema starter kit
Looking for other Korean films after ‘Parasite’? From arthouse drama to supercharged action, here are five titles to start you on your search
On 9 February, Parasite won four Academy Awards, including Best Director for Bong Joon-ho and Best Picture. Lost in the excitement of a non-English film winning the top prize for the first time was a surprising statistic: Parasite was the first South Korean film to even be nominated for an Oscar. Yet the country’s cinema has, since the 1990s, been a huge force on the global scene, giving us intimate chroniclers like Hong Sang-soo and Lee Chang-dong, stylists like Bong and Park Chan-wook, and several excellent commercial directors. If you are just starting out, here are five films that give some idea of the range of South Korean cinema.