Watching a black-and-white re-release of his multi-Oscar-winning movie Parasite will give viewers a “different” and “strange” experience, director Bong Joon-ho said Wednesday ahead of the new version opening next week.
The director has always had a fondness for monochrome films, saying they give viewers a more intimate visual experience.
“When the colours are gone, you can focus more on the actors’ facial expressions and their eyes” and nuanced details, Bong told reporters in Seoul after his triumphant return from the United States.
The film’s historic Best Picture Oscar—the first-ever for a non-English-language movie—and three other statuettes, Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay, have created huge excitement in his home country, whose cultural output has gained popularity around the world.
But Bong said he hoped “Parasite” would be remembered for its content as much as its accolades.
“I understand that the film will be remembered as a historic affair inevitably, but I hope the movie can be remembered as a film itself,” he said.
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