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Why South Korean Thriller Parasite Took The World By Storm?
Bong Joon-ho's Parasite has made a veritable splash in the world of film. Despite only having had a wide theatrical release since late 2019, it's already grossed $139,354,582 worldwide. It's raked in the highest amount of earnings over the years for a non-English-language film in the U.S., and it's a major contender this awards season, going toe-to-toe with films like 1917 and Joker to take home the award for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture.
But what's behind the love so many critics and moviegoers have lavished upon this Korean thriller? Why has it become such a force of nature? There are a few reasons it's become a global powerhouse – namely, its marketing, film pedigree, and social commentary.