December 20, 2019 13:32
Director Bong Joon-ho and actor Song Kang-ho have been honored by the government for their contribution to Korean culture.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Thursday said it gave the Eungwan medal, the country's second-highest order of cultural merit to Bong and the fourth-highest Okgwan medal to Song, both for wowing critics and audiences with the Palme d'Or-winning "Parasite."
"It's an honor to be awarded the national cultural medal for 'Parasite,' which is just one of many works I've made for the last 20 years," Bong said. "I will try to keep calm and try my best to make a good film as usual."
Song said, "I feel extra appreciative of this award as I receive it on behalf of a great production staff and cast."
"Parasite" has surpassed the 10 million viewer mark at home and been globally acclaimed for its cinematic quality. It has swept international film awards and been shortlisted for best foreign film at next year's Academy Awards.
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