With Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” having won the Best Picture Oscar, people who’ve never seen any of Bong’s other work or Korean cinema in general are now apparently keen to dip their toes in the water.
The good news is almost all of Bong’s films are readily available. “Parasite,” “The Host” and “Mother” are all available to rent on iTunes, Google Play and/or Vudu, same with “Snowpiercer” and “Okja” which are also on Netflix. Even his first film “Barking Dogs Never Bite” is on Shudder and Amazon.
The big exception though is also, arguably, his most acclaimed work – 2003’s true crime tale “Memories of Murder” which follows the story of the first real-life serial killer in South Korea. The film made headlines last year when authorities announced they have discovered the identity of the killer after years of investigation/
The film isn’t on Blu-ray and isn’t on any of the major services aside from so-so-quality DVD rips on YouTube and PopcornFlix. Now “Parasite” distributor NEON has announced that they have acquired the distribution rights to the film and a planning a new U.S. theatrical re-release and Blu-ray.
No word on a date as yet for the re-release. ‘Memories’ and “Parasite” are considered two of the best films Korea has ever produced, frequently appearing on top lists alongside Bong’s “Mother” and “The Host,” Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” and “The Handmaiden”; Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil” and “A Tale of Two Sisters”; Na Hong-jin’s “The Wailing”, Lee Jeong-beom’s “The Man from Nowhere,” Yeon Sang-ho’s “Train to Busan” and Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning”.