Scorsese and Other Directors — but not President Trump — Are Eager For Bong Joon Ho’s Next Movie

The victory smile, Bong Joon Ho after accepting one of his four Oscars for Parasite

What will Bong Joon Ho create next? He’s got that super sweet well-deserved Oscar buzz on and now a personal letter from Martin Scorsese encouraging him to “rest” and then get back to work making another one.

“This morning I got a letter from Martin Scorsese,” Bong told journalists. “I can’t tell you what the letter said because it’s something personal. But towards the end he wrote, ‘You’ve done well. Now rest. But don’t rest for too long.’ He continued by saying how he and other directors were waiting for my next movie.”

Scorsese Writes Bong Joon Ho Heartfelt Letter After ‘Parasite’ Oscars | IndieWire

To date, Bong Joon Ho has made only 11 films. Born in September 1969, he’s 50 years old. If he decides to make one film every two years, maybe we can expect another 10-20+ films from him before he retires. I’d like to see one of his next movies be in all English.

The President of the United States isn’t in the Bong Hive fan club:

“The winner is a movie from South Korea. What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea, with trade. And after all that, they give them best movie of the year?” Trump said,

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Others are already telling the president that foreign trade policy has nothing to do with whether or not Parasite was deserving to win the Best Picture award. Trump doesn’t like Brad Pitt either.

Like I’ve already stated, I’m happy for Bong Jong Ho and his team. The film was not my choice for Best Picture either (see my choices: 92nd Oscar Nomination Predictions) and honestly even Bong would not have been disappointed if he didn’t win Best Picture, by then he had scooped up three other Oscars. The votes were cast and unless we have some evidence of ballot impropriety, I’m just congratulating the winners and moving on. It’s 2020 now, new movies, new potential nominees …

For the record, though, I wasn’t in Brad Pitt’s corner either. I think Joe Pesci turned in a better supporting actor performance, but again, congrats to Pitt on the win. He won as far as I know fair and square. Maybe next year my choices for Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture will win. If no, oh well. I had fun making predictions, even if I didn’t get all of them correct.

CONGRATS to Bong Joon Ho First To Win 4 Oscars Since Walt Disney in 1954

The wonderful, amazing true story of Bong Joon Ho winning 4 Oscars for Parasite

Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Last night something magical happened at the Oscars 92nd Annual Awards ceremony. It was edge of your seat TV watching the night progress for Bong Joon Ho. The writer and director just kept winning and winning. He won the first award, which he wasn’t expecting to win, for the best screenplay and gave a heartfelt speech, some in English most through an interpreter.

Then he won the one that everybody expected he’d win: Best International Film. That was the one he probably prepared a speech for. He graciously accepted that award.

But then he won another shocking award against the likes of Martin Scorsese and Sam Mendes for Best Director. Now, he gave a truly inspiring speech from the heart.

The last award of the night for Best Picture came and I had a suspicion that the way the night was going it might fall Bong’s way — and it did.

Wow!

In the Academy’s 92nd year, it finally gave its greatest prize of Best Picture to a non-English-language film. Parasite ultimately took four trophies—the most of the night—earning whoops, cheers, and a standing ovation from the crowd at the Dolby Theater. Parasite’s first Oscar was the first trophy to ever go to a Korean film; the movie went on to shatter many more records. Bong has tied Walt Disney as the only person to win four awards on a given night (Disney did it in 1954, and three were for short films). “Thank you. I will drink until next morning, thank you,” Bong said after taking Best Director.

‘Parasite’ and Bong Joon Ho Showed the Oscars Can Still Be Magic – The Atlantic

Now, those who’ve read my Parasite review and more detailed critique know that I didn’t love the film, but it’s impossible not to like Bong Joon Ho and to be excited for what he accomplished. None of it will change my opinion on the film nor the fact that I wanted 1917 to win the Best Film and I thought Parasite was a long shot, but I’m very happy for Bong Joon Ho, the cast, crew and everybody involved in Parasite.

I also think it’s very cool in a day and age where everybody is crying about fairness that we saw a film that wasn’t even in English win four Oscars including Best Picture. That is cool as hell. It shows that quality matters and enough people loved this film to make this night special for the team behind Parasite.

Congratulations!

How many of these 10 Directors Bong Joon Ho Recommends Do You Recognize?

List fans rejoice, the bong hivester himself, and mastermind behind Parasite⭐️⭐️⭐️, Bong Joon Ho has listed 10 directors to watch over the next 20 years.

The year is 2020, a number that belongs to a sci-fi film in itself,” Joon Ho says in the issue. “I do not wish to summon these directors for the sake of discussing the future of cinema. I simply wish to discuss the films they have already created (even though it may only be two or three films). But in the end, this inevitably concerns the future of cinema.

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Here is the list of 10 directors (by order listed in article linked above):

  1. Alma Har’el
  2. Rose Glass
  3. Alice Rohrwacher
  4. Hamaguchi Ryusuke
  5. Mati Diop
  6. Yoon Gaeun
  7. Jordan Peele
  8. Ari Aster
  9. Chloé Zhao
  10. Robert Eggers

I’m only familiar with the works of two directors in his list. Robert Eggers who directed the acclaimed The Lighthouse⭐️⭐️⭐️½  and Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us and Twilight Zone reboot #3 executive producer and narrator). Thank Bong, I’ll keep my eye on the others.

How many of the directors above do you recognize?

Black-and-White Parasite Screening in Select US Theaters

Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (color version)

I’m a huge fan of black and white (B&W) films. Bong Joon Ho apparently is, too, and has released a version of Parasite in B&W.

“I’m extremely happy to present ‘Parasite’ in black and white and have it play on the big screen,” Bong said in a statement. “It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black-and-white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters.

Bong Joon Ho’s Black-and-White ‘Parasite’ Gets U.S. Release Date | IndieWire

Desaturation makes shadows, light and corners come to life in all new ways. The Twilight Zone despite numerous reboots and a movie has never been the same in color, so much that I was delighted to see that Jordan Peele re-released the new Twilight Zone episodes on CBS All Access in black and white — and, yes, it improved the stories.

Letterboxd is getting on board with the promotion today by offering a black and white version of their website:

It’s jarring seeing a color website in full black and white

Not every story, TV show or movie should be in black and white. Can you imagine if Schindler’s List was in color? Conversely, I wouldn’t like Jaws or Star Wars as much in black and white. Perry Mason is another TV show that needs to be in black and white. They did the TV movies of Perry Mason in color and they failed from a cinematography feel.

Would you like to see Parasite in black and white?

Am a little on the fence about seeing Parasite again, but definitely curious if I’d like it better than the color version. It is very possible, because there were some cool scenes in that movie that used some shadows and lighting that would show up better, I think. Might wait for streaming rather than try and track down a big screen version, but maybe I’ll go. Definitely like that it is being re-released in B&W.

What about you? Do you think a black and white version can improve your overall opinion of a movie that is originally shot in color?