Bong Joon-ho and ‘Parasite’ Cast Party Until 5 in the Morning at LA’s Koreatown

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After making history at the Oscars, the cast and production of Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” had every reason to party until dawn.

The South Korean dark comedy thriller took home Best Picture, Best Director (Bong), Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay (Bong, Han Jin-won). They won four Oscars out of six total nominations, becoming the toast of Hollywood.


“Parasite” is the first film in a non-English language to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It is also the first Best International Film Feature to win Best Picture, making a Guinness World Record.

The movie is also the first to win both Best Picture and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 65 years, following the 1955 romantic drama, “Marty”. Bong Joon-ho is the first South Korean to win Best Director.

The cast and production team of “Parasite” celebrated late on Sunday night at various after parties, including the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and one at Soho House.

They saved the best for last, however, at restaurant Soban in Los Angeles’s Koreatown.

The group, composed of about 50 cast and crew members, crammed themselves into the 30-seat restaurant from 2:45-5 a.m.

After hearing that Bong had not eaten all day, Jennifer Pak, owner of the restaurant, prepared Galbi-jjim (braised short ribs), Eun Daegu Jorim (braised spicy black cod), Galbi (grilled short ribs), Bibimbap and seafood tofu pancakes the group, according to Eater.

Image via @sobanlosangeles

Along with victory toasts, the group also celebrated the birthdays of lead actors Song Kang-ho and Cho Yeo-jeong.

Interestingly, director Bong had been visiting Soban for weeks, indulging in its signature raw marinated crab (Ganjang Gejang) and kimchi.

Image via @sobanlosangeles

“It was a great honor to meet Oscar winners again! Congratulations to ‘Parasite’ for making history!” the restaurant wrote in a post.

Before heading to Soban, the group first had champagne, sushi, crab legs, boba parfaits, and caviar-topped tater tots at the official post-Oscars Governors Ball party, according to the Los Angeles Times. They also headed to a two-floor Soho House party sponsored by Neon, the film’s distributor, where they were treated to a performance from K-pop group ACE.

Feature Images via @sobanlosangeles (Left), Getty (Right)

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