In the midst of all the current release date chaos, with Bond movie No Time To Die moving from April to November, it's nice to have some good news. And we have it here: Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning dark comedy Parasite is now the UK's highest-grossing foreign-language release.
The acclaimed movie, a darkly comic study of the haves and have-nots, already made history at the Academy Awards, winning historic firsts in the Best Film, Best International Feature, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. And the film has made waves on these shores, amassing a truly impressive £11.5 million ($14.5 million), reports Variety, overtaking Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (£11.1 million) in the process.
Worldwide, Parasite has got under the skin of audiences, having grossed $246 million, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. It's a remarkable success story that dismantles any notion of subtitles being a barrier; truthfully, though, director Bong's visual intuition often communicates a remarkable amount of information without dialogue being needed.
The movie is the enjoyably twisted tale of a lower-class Korean family, the Kims, invading the likes of the upper-class Parks. But things don't work out as planned, and in the process, the wider hypocrisy of Korea's social system is starkly exposed.