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Authorities in Seoul to phase out ‘Parasite’-type basement homes following devastating flood

  • After four people died in semi-basement homes during the recent historic rainfall, Seoul will no longer be granting permits for semi-basement apartments.
  • “Banjiha,” meaning semi-basement in Korean, gained global recognition after they were shown in the film “Parasite,” symbolizing financial inequality in South Korea.
  • Outrage over the danger of the homes following the devastating flood prompted officials to phase out the apartments and begin plans to convert the existing ones.
  • During the catastrophic rainfall on Monday, two sisters in their 40s, a 13-year-old girl and a fourth person living in a banjiha died in the flooding.

Concerns raised over semi-basement homes in South Korea following the catastrophic rain flood on Monday have prompted officials to phase them out.

Semi-basement homes, known as “banjiha” in Korean, first gained global recognition after they were shown in Bong Joon-ho’s popular 2019 film “Parasite.” The homes, typically occupied by lower-income individuals, became a symbol of South Korea’s growing financial disparity in society.

Best Picture Oscar-nominated Japanese film ‘Drive My Car’ now available to stream on HBO Max

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  • Critically acclaimed Japanese film “Drive My Car,” adapted from the Haruki Murakami short story by the same name, tells the story of a grieving actor and theater director, Yusuke Kafuku, who is offered a position to direct a new production.
  • In the process, he is offered a female chauffeur by the name of Misaki Watari. The two start off distant and eventually bond and find comfort in one another.
  • Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, the three-hour movie is nominated for the same four prestigious Academy Award categories that South Korea’s “Parasite” was back in 2020.
  • Winning Best Picture later this month would make “Drive My Car” the first Japanese film to do so, and the second Asian film.
  • A longtime admirer of Hamaguchi’s work, “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho described Hamaguchi as “very intense” and “very focused” in his approach.

Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar-nominated work “Drive My Car” is now available to stream on HBO Max. 

“Drive My Car,” an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s (“IQ84”) famed short story by the same name, tells the story of a widowed actor and theater director Yusuke Kafuku (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) who is still grieving the death of his beloved wife.

Leonardo DiCaprio outed as BTS ARMY by ‘Parasite’ star Cho Yeo-jeong

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Parasite” actor Cho Yeo-jeong revealed that she bonded with Leonardo DiCaprio over their love for K-pop mega group BTS during the 92nd Academy Awards in February 2020.

A huge fan: Cho, 40, recalled her time speaking with the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star at the awards show right before they went on during her appearance on an episode of “Saturday Night Live Korea,” according to News18.

Bong Joon-ho Was Once Blacklisted in South Korea for His ‘Liberal’ Films

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Bong Joon-ho, the Academy Award-winning director of “Parasite,” was reportedly blacklisted by the South Korean government four years ago for being too liberal.

Bong, along with his two other “Parasite” collaborators, actor Song Kang-ho and producer Miky Lee, were included on the list of 9,000 artists the South Korean government blacklisted in 2016, according to an op-ed by Korea expert S. Nathan Park in The Washington Post via Insider.

Child Actor From ‘Parasite’ Has the Most Wholesome Reaction to Watching Best Picture Win on TV


Jung Hyeon-jun’s reaction after the 92nd annual Academy Awards announced the winner for Best Picture is melting the hearts of many social media users.

The 10-year-old actor, who played Park Da-song in “Parasite,” was at home when the Academy Awards announced that the film won for Best Picture, according to Huffington Post. He was reportedly too young to go to the Oscars and to witness the historic moment.

Donald Trump Gets Burned After Mocking ‘Parasite’ Historic Best Picture Win

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President Donald Trump recently mocked the South Korean movie “Parasite” for its historic Best Picture win at the Oscars during his political rally in Colorado.

In his speech, the 73-year-old businessman-turned-president took jabs at the 92nd Academy Awards, particularly for giving Best Picture to “Parasite,” which was directed by Bong Joon-ho, according to Variety.

‘Parasite’ May Get Sued For Plagiarism for Allegedly Copying 1999 Film ‘Minsara Kanna’

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PL Thenappan, a Tamil producer for the 1999 film “Minsara Kanna,” is planning to sue the creators of the South Korean movie “Parasite” for plagiarising the plot.

Thenappan is currently in discussion with lawyers to file a case against the creators of “Parasite,” which recently won four Oscars at the 92nd Academy Awards, including the Best Picture award.

Bong Joon-ho Once Lied to Harvey Weinstein in an Epic Troll Move

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As more begin to recognize the creative prowess of “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho — and ultimately join the growing #BongHive — tales about him have made rounds on Twitter to amuse the internet.

Among them is an anecdote involving Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is currently on trial in New York for five felony charges, including rape, criminal sexual assault and predatory sexual assault, according to The New York Times.

People Kept Congratulating John Cho at The Oscars After ‘Parasite’ Win

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John Cho found himself receiving congratulations following the “Parasite” wins at the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Known for his memorable roles in the cult favorite “Harold & Kumar” movies and the “Star Trek” franchise, Cho is indeed a brilliant actor. Many believe that the Korean American star was robbed of an Oscar for his role in the film “Searching,” according to BuzzFeed.

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.