It may seem like a lifetime, but it’s only been about a year since Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Though, the fact that it’s felt like a lifetime has less to do with the incredible film and more to do with the fact that the world seemingly is out of control. But I digress. And in honor of “Parasite” and the amazing, awards-filled year Director Bong’s film has enjoyed, NEON has released a video retrospective.
And while the retrospective, titled “Parasite – A Year of Cinema,” doesn’t say anything new about the project, the video does showcase just how unpredictable and special the past 365 days have been for everyone involved in the project. From its debut at Cannes (where it won the coveted Palme d’Or) to its record-breaking box office success to its milestone wins at the Academy Awards earlier this year, “Parasite” is nothing short of an unprecedented marvel for Bong Joon Ho and NEON, especially.
What’s actually truly incredible about the video that NEON released is that even a 5-minute recap really isn’t enough to fully encapsulate all that “Parasite” has been able to accomplish over the past year. Just the fact that Americans are embracing a South Korean film in such a way is special, but also the way that Bong Joon Ho has become a household name is something to be celebrated.
So, while the world continues to fall apart and the film industry seems destined to follow suit (primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic), take a trip down memory lane and remember the good ol’ days, where theaters were open, film festivals existed, good movies were released, and the world was able to come together to enjoy a true work of art.
You can watch the retrospective below: