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A Cultural Phenomenon

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While it seems like it was a decade ago, it has only been two months since Bong Joon Ho's film Parasite was the Oscar darling, taking home 4 little gold men, including the award for Best Screenwriter, Best Director, and Best Picture.

The Korean film became a cultural force, and while some American audiences balked at the subtitles, Bong encouraged people at the Golden Globes to give international film a chance.

"Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films."

Now Available On Streaming

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At the time President Trump was critical of a South Korean film getting the Best Picture win, tweeting out:

"By the way, how bad were the Academy Awards this year, do you see? And the winner is, a movie from South Korea. What the hell was all that about? We got enough problems with South Korea, on trade, and on top of it they give it the best movie of the year. Was it good?

Let’s get Gone with the Wind…Can we get Gone with the Wind back, please? Sunset Boulevard. So many great movies."

Despite the critical words of our President, _Parasite continues to be incredible popular, earning over $250 million at the international box office.

People Are Too Lazy For Subtitles

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As people are desperate for streaming entertainment in this time of social distancing, Hulu has acquired the rights to host Parasite, opening up the opportunity for more people to experience the thrilling film. The streaming service tweeted out:


Watch the film that made Oscar history. Now streaming, only on Hulu."

While many people were excited to watch the film in the comfort of their own home, some people were quick to criticize the film, mostly because they didn't want to read subtitles.

Hulu Isn't Having It

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One person tweeted out "Pathetic movie," to which the official Hulu account hilariously replied "it won.... four oscars......"

Hulu had a suggestion for one Twitter user who objected to the fact that the film wasn't in English. The person wrote:

"It’s not in English, no one wants to watch a movie that they literally have to read to understand what’s going on. Sound is such a huge part of movies and it being in a different language is so weird (sic)."

Hulu's response? "If you don't want to read subtitles, you can always learn Korean!" I mean, we've got the time.

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