Audiences give their views on ‘Parasite’ on its first day in Korean theaters

The Palme d’Or winning film ‘Parasite’ was
released to the general public in Korea today. And local movie fans rushed to theaters to
get a first look at the much anticipated movie. Lee Min-sun went to hear from the audiences
on the first day of screening. Excited and curious,… on the first day that
director Bong Joon-ho’s new film ‘Parasite’ hits theaters across Korea, movie fans rushed
to cinemas to see what captivated judges at Cannes. Some fans came to see the movie as soon as
possible, intentionally avoiding any spoilers so they can fully enjoy the director’s masterpiece. “I came on the opening day because the press
have been talking about the film so much. It’s an internationally recognized film, so
it won’t be disappointing. I wanted to enjoy the film itself so I didn’t
even look at the synopsis.” “The film was beyond my expectations and even
gave me goosebumps. I really think Bong deserves a genre named
after him. I’m really proud of this film as a Korean
and a movie lover.” “I was deeply touched by the director’s earlier
piece ‘The Host’. So I came with high expectations and it was
very fun and inspiring. I will make sure to come to the opening day
for Bong’s next films.” As the film crosses over genres from black
comedy to thriller, some viewers found it a bit different from what they had expected. “I came with big expectations. But the film was much heavier than I thought
and… I don’t know how to put it. But it’s somewhat tragic and makes my heart
feel bruised.” “I came from Gyeongsangnam-do Province to
see this film on the big screen. I had high expectations since it had won an
award and received such great reviews. The ending was totally unexpected and gave
me something to think about. I don’t watch the same movie twice, but I
might for this one.” Taking up more than 70% of ticket pre-sales,
‘Parasite’ still tops the ticket reservation ranking. Hundreds of thousands of people are lining
up to check out the film and the number is likely to increase with the weekend coming
up. Lee Min-sun Arirang News.

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