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Saigoneer Podcast: After the Success of 'Parasite,' a Look at Asian, Vietnamese Cinema

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Whatever you think of the Oscars, there is no denying that Parasite winning Best Picture was a big deal. We begin this week (1:10) by breaking down Bong Joon-ho's masterful triumph (and new role as a living meme generator); the reaction in South Korea; other movies and directors from Asia worth your time; and the ignorance of western moviegoers who avoid films in a foreign language.

Then, we dive into the current state of Vietnamese cinema (19:03), which has seen a few notable recent successes, but lags far behind the likes of South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand in terms of overseas visibility.

As always, we close with Bánh Mì Banter (31:52).

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Let us know what you think of the show, and have a great week!

Here are some links to what we discussed:

The Oscars' international film category is broken (Vox)

'Parasite' Oscar win raises hopes of new era for Korean film (Financial Times)

Despite Drama at Home, Vietnamese Film 'Rom' Wins Important Award at Busan Film Fest (Saigoneer)