Choi, who interpreted for the “Parasite” director and others involved with the film, has become a familiar face throughout awards season.
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Bong Joon Ho was speaking at a London Q&A following a screening of his film "Parasite,"...Bong Joon Ho was speaking at a London Q&A following a screening of his film "Parasite," which has just won four Oscars including best picture, becoming the first ever foreign-language film to win best picture. Bong himself won all four of the Oscars — best original screenplay, best international feature film, best director, and best picture — tying Walt Disney's record of the most Oscar-wins in one night. At the Barbican screening and Q&A, Bong said that events in the film were inspired by his own life when a girlfriend got him a job as a tutor. Bong also said that the "Parasite" cast bonded by getting drunk together. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bong Joon Ho spoke at the Barbican in London in a Q&A following a screening of his global hit movie "Parasite." Bong told the audience, via now much-beloved translator Sharon Choi, that parts of the film's first half were inspired by events in his own life many years ago. "At the time, my girlfriend was teaching English to a boy in a wealthy family and he needed a math tutor, so she introduced me to the family," said Bong. This echoes the set up of "Parasite," where Woo-sik Choi becomes tutor for the daughter of a wealthy family and manipulatively secures his sister as an art tutor for the family's young son. "I worked with her in that house, but the story ends there, we didn't do anything bad. I was fired after two months. That girlfriend, however, is now my wife," said Bong. Bong tied beat Sam Mendes, who helmed "1917," to win best director at Sunday's Oscars, while the film also won best original screenplay, best international feature film, and best picture. Bong won all four awards as writer, director, and producer on the film and the best original screenplay award was the first Oscar any South Korean film has ever won. Plus, "Parasite" is the first film not in the English language to win best picture. And another record to add to that is the fact that Bong's four Oscar wins in one night is now the joint record for most wins in a single ceremony, along with Walt Disney. However, no acting nods were given to the cast despite overwhelmingly positive critical reviews, a campaign for veteran Kang-ho Song, and a Screen Actors Guild Awards win for best ensemble. Song may be the most recognizable member of the cast thanks to his turn in Bong's 2013 film "Snowpiercer" starring Chris Evans, but during the Q&A Bong said that the cast worked together as one. And alcohol helped. "Most of the actors it was my first time working with them, so initially we were quite nervous around each other," said Bong. "But through alcohol, we were able to bond and relax. When you drink at first it's always great, then you end up fighting and by early morning you make up. "Once you go through that process a couple of times naturally you just became a great ensemble," joked Bong. Read more: Bong Joon Ho's translator — who stole the show at the Oscars — wants to make a movie about awards season Bong Joon Ho won 4 Oscars, tying Walt Disney's record for most Oscars won in one night Bong Joon Ho smiling down at his Oscar like he can't believe it is one of the best moments of the nightJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be an NFL referee, according to an official who spent 19 seasons in the league
Bong Joon Ho's translator — who stole the show at the Oscars — wants to make a movie about awards season
Bong Joon Ho won four Oscars on Sunday, but his translator Sharon Choi is receiving a...Bong Joon Ho won four Oscars on Sunday, but his translator Sharon Choi is receiving a lot of attention herself. Choi is an aspiring film director and is currently writing a feature film screenplay herself. Choi's script will focus on awards season itself, and Henry Golding has said he would love to be it. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. While Bong Joon Ho received a lot of Oscars love on Sunday for "Parasite," his translator Sharon Choi is getting a whole lot of attention herself. The 25-year-old interpreter, who joined Bong's team at the Cannes Film Festival last May, has accompanied the director at every press event and awards ceremony, translating his witty speeches as the deadpan foil to the playful Bong. And Choi had a lot of speech-translating to do at Sunday's Academy Awards, in particular, as Bong won four times. I want to know everything about Sharon Choi's story as Bong Joon-ho's translator during awards season. She is everything! #Oscars — Stacy Lambe (@sllambe) February 10, 2020 The real star of the #Oscars is Bong Joon-ho's translator Sharon Choi. 🥂 pic.twitter.com/b4pp2Y8cvq — David Friend (@dfriend) February 10, 2020 Bong, who won best original screenplay, best international feature film, best director, and best picture, told E! how thankful he was for her work this year. "I know she has a huge fandom," he told E! on the red carpet. He then switched to Korean, meaning Choi herself had to translate the rest of what he'd had to say: "It's very embarrassing to translate, but he said, thanks to me, this campaign has been a smooth journey." Shoutout to Sharon Choi, Bong Joon Ho's translator. She's been by his side as he sweeps awards. Translation is *very* hard. She's awesome. #Oscars — Jay Shelat (@jshelat1) February 10, 2020 Choi is actually an aspiring filmmaker herself, and Bong told reporters backstage at the Oscars that Choi has a project already in the works and is writing a screenplay herself. "You already know she's a filmmaker. And she studied film in the university, yeah, so I'm so curious about her script," said Bong. "Actually, she's writing some feature-length script, I'm so curious about it." The subject of the screenplay is the mayhem that she, Bong, and the "Parasite" team have just gone through — awards season itself. Bong Joon Ho’s translator, Sharon Choi, is a director. When awards season ends (i.e., tomorrow), she says she wants to start making a movie ... about awards season. — Steve Pond (@stevepond) February 10, 2020 And people are very excited by this news, hoping that she herself will win an Oscar. I will not rest until Sharon Choi receives an Honorary Oscar #Oscars pic.twitter.com/4HMU1z4OCq — Daniel Trainor (@dantrainor1) February 10, 2020 Huge shoutout to Sharon Choi, who's been translating for Bong Joon Ho throughout this award season. She has been incredible. She is an aspiring filmmaker herself. I hope we see her on grab awards some day. #Oscars #Oscars2020 — Monica ⁷ 💜 (@MonicaYadav08) February 10, 2020 Plus, she's already got some industry interest, with "Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding touting his availability this season. I'm free this summer 🙋🏻♂️ https://t.co/rjJIDvuPCR — Henry Golding (@henrygolding) February 10, 2020 In fact, Golding is a huge fan of Choi in general. Sharon Choi for president 🙌🏼❤️ — Henry Golding (@henrygolding) February 10, 2020 Who knows how long we may have to wait until we see what happens with Choi's in-the-works script, but a film about a translator for an international, award-winning film director during awards season starring Henry Golding sounds like a decent synopsis. Read more: Bong Joon Ho was the winner of the 2020 Oscars — here are his best moments you may have missed Bong Joon Ho won 4 Oscars, tying Walt Disney's record for most Oscars won in one night The internet is celebrating 'Parasite's' Oscars win — from BTS stans to Sandra OhJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent children
The film academy vowed to diversify in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite. That has meant a growing...The film academy vowed to diversify in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite. That has meant a growing number of members from around the world.