Parasite moves in on Netflix
Oscar-winning film Parasite has finally hit Netflix some 14 months after the South Korean dark comedy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja, The Host), the film went straight to number one on Netflix's list of most-watched films.
The first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or Cannes, Parasite tells the story of the impoverished Kim family who live in a small semi-basement apartment and earn their living by folding pizza boxes. After the son takes over his friend's tutoring job with the wealthy Park family, gradually the rest of the family -- his father, mother and sister -- insinuate themselves into the Park's employ through deceptive means. But all the lies that they tell set them down a much darker road than they could ever imagine.
Winner of four Oscars at the 92nd Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film -- the film highlights issues of class conflict, social inequality and wealth disparity.
Here are two more Oscar-winning titles recently released on Netflix that are also worth checking out.
Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh in Little Women. photo courtesy of PR True Vision and HBO
This coming-of-age period drama received six Oscar nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards last year, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won Best Costume Design.
Starring alongside Ronan are Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. Little Women, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is the seventh film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. It chronicles the lives of the March sisters -- Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth -- in Concord, Massachusetts, during the 19th century.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land. photo:
La La Land
La La Land won six Oscars at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. These were Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Production Design. Altogether the film received 14 Oscar nominations.
Starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, the film tells how the two meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles. La La Land also stars John Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt.