‘Parasite’ director says he learned expletives from Spike Lee movies
Hot “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho learned American curse words from Spike Lee films.
“I came from a place very far away. I live in South Korea,” the director said when accepting a Best Foreign Film honor at the African American Film Critics Association Awards.
He added that when he was a student, “we held several illegal film festivals where we would have unofficial screenings at local cinematheques . . . We would screen a lot of American indie films and create subtitles. The movies I [subtitled were] ‘Jungle Fever’ and ‘Do the Right Thing.’ At the time, my English wasn’t that good, so subtitling it was quite an experience. I had no idea there was such various curse words in the English language! Thanks to Spike Lee, I learned so many things!”
He met Lee, but “I didn’t get a chance to tell him I subtitled ‘Do the Right Thing.’ If I meet him again, I would love to tell him. If any of you are acquainted with him, please let him know.”
Jamie Foxx, Lena Waithe and Jordan Peele also took home awards. “Parasite” is up for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film at the Oscars.
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