Films Directed by Bong Joon Ho

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One of the titles I heard talked about most during the 2019 Oscars was “Parasite,” a South Korean film directed and written by Bong Joon Ho. Although his name didn’t ring a bell for me, I later discovered that I have seen his work before, in 2013’s “Snowpiercer.”

“Snowpiercer” is a movie that really stuck with me. It portrays a world where a failed climate experiment has killed off every living thing, except those lucky enough to be aboard a train, Snowpiercer, that circles the globe non-stop. People on the Snowpiercer have been divided up into different classes, and those at the rear have it so bad that they decide to fight their way forward and make a change.

If you want to check out “Parasite,” “Snowpiercer” or other films by Bong Joon Ho, here are some titles to get you started.

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The Host

A family sets out to rescue their daughter, snatched by a creature that may be carrying a new virus. You can also check out this title as video on Hoopla.

Memories of Murder

True story of an investigation into brutal murders in a Korean town.


A mother starts her own investigation to clear her son of murder charges. You can also check out this title as video on Hoopla.


Kim Ki-teak’s family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park’s home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle.


Survivors of a global disaster live aboard a train, where those in the rear cars start a revolt.