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Does ‘Parasite’ Symbolize Class Divide of S. Korea?

Does ‘Parasite’ Symbolize Class Divide of S. Korea?

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — With director Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece “Parasite” the toast of the Oscar awards, foreign media are paying keen attention to banjiha – semi-basement apartments – which featured prominently in the film and have been interpreted as a symbol of the gap between rich and poor. However, banjiha is a type [...]

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Rival political parties and lawmakers are attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Oscars-winning “Parasite” in their campaigning for the April 15 parliamentary elections. The ruling Democratic Party (DP) unveiled pledges Wednesday to set up a state-run cinema museum to bolster South Korean films’ forays into overseas markets. The [...]

USFK Commander ‘Strongly’ Recommends Korean Epic Drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’

USFK Commander ‘Strongly’ Recommends Korean Epic Drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Gen. Robert Abrams recommended that American service members watch a South Korean TV drama series about a Korean man becoming a U.S. officer and being embroiled in the national resistance movement against Japanese colonialists. The 2018 series, “Mr. Sunshine,” which starred big-name actor Lee [...]

Majority of S. Koreans Distrust Korean Protestant Church

Majority of S. Koreans Distrust Korean Protestant Church

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Roughly two thirds of South Koreans do not trust the South Korean Protestant Church or its pastors, a recent study has revealed. The Christian Ethics Movement of Korea conducted a survey of 1,000 citizens, 63.9 percent of whom said they don’t trust the South Korean Protestant Church. Only 31.8 [...]

‘Parasite’ Overcomes ‘One-inch Subtitle Barrier’

‘Parasite’ Overcomes ‘One-inch Subtitle Barrier’

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” This remark by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho at this year’s Golden Globes Awards after winning best foreign language film has resonated in the U.S., where few non-English films have won [...]

Bong Joon-ho Charms Hollywood with Sense of Humor, Respect for Fellow Cineast at Oscars

Bong Joon-ho Charms Hollywood with Sense of Humor, Respect for Fellow Cineast at Oscars

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — It took about 40 years for a timid 12-year-old South Korean boy who dreamed of becoming a film director to grow up and capture four Oscar statuettes, including the most prestigious best picture. His black comedy “Parasite” was the biggest winner of this year’s Academy Awards held at Dolby [...]