By Dogyun Kim and Chaeyoun Won
INCHEON (Reuters) – “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho was greeted with cheers and applause as he returned to South Korea on Sunday after his historic four-Oscar win.
About 300 reporters and fans were waiting to greet Bong as he arrived at the Incheon International Airport.
“Thank you for the applause, I would like send a round of applause back to you all for coping so well with the coronavirus,” Bong said.
“Parasite” became the first foreign-language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards on Feb 9.
It won a total of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and best international feature film.
The film is a tale of two South Korean families – the wealthy Parks and the poor Kims – that mirrors the deepening disparities in Asia’s fourth-largest economy and has struck a chord with global audiences.
Koreans have been celebrating for the past week.
Local cinemas and TV channels began a rerun of the film, as well as showing Bong’s other films including “Snowpiercer” and “Memories of Murder.”
Bong and the cast of “Parasite” are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday.
(This story corrects spelling of name in headline.)
(Writing by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Frances Kerry)