Bong Joon Ho said his dark comedy hit 'Parasite' was inspired by his own life, and he and the cast bonded by getting drunk
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
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