5 Bong Joon Ho Movies You Should Watch Aside From "Parasite"

Karen Jane Ng

Posted at February 13, 2020

Everyone has been talking about the South Korean film Parasite, and we can definitely tell that the attention is so well-deserved, further proved by a Golden Globes' Best Foreign Film award and an Oscars' Best Picture award among its other accolades. Through highlighting the complicated behavior between the rich and the working class, Director Bong Joon Ho has successfully laid out the revolutionary and humanizing aspects of filmmaking. It's an excellent, thought-provoking piece, needless to say.

If in the middle of your movie-viewing you asked yourself, "What the hell am I watching?" then it's fair to say that Joon Ho has made his point. And if you think you'll be thinking of this family-comedy-turned-societal-tragedy production for the rest of your lives, then we suggest you put Joon Ho's other works on your radar, too. They'll leave you equally unsettled. Here are some of them:

1. Okja (2017)

This follows young Korean orphan Mija who tries to save her giant pet pig Okja in New York City after the latter, which was revelead to be part of a multinational company's project aiming to raise pigs for slaughter and experimentation, was taken away. It absolutely ticks on your stomach and tugs at your heartstrings just as much.

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2. Snowpiercer (2014)

Arguably another movie of societal discourse, this one's set in a train that continuously travels around the earth called Snowpiercer. Onboard are survivors of the snowpocalypse who deal with class segregation: priveleged in front and underpriveleged at the back. It sure is a must-add to your list, especially if you're into those mind-boggling endings.

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3. The Host (2006)

As an American military pathologist ordered the release of bottles of chemicals in Han River, a monster emerged and attacked the citizens of Seoul. The film then focuses on the monster taking a young girl and her family's attempt to get her back safe. There's a lot of suspense but this is the kind of movie that sure leaves a big impact.

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4. Mother (2009)

If you're up for something emotionally compelling, then this is for you. It tells the story of a mentally-challenged young man living with her unnamed mother, who later fought to prove her son's innocence after being accused of murdering a school girl. Did they achieve justice? That's on you to find out.

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5. Memories of Murder (2003)

Based on what regarded to be South Korea's first serial killer story, this classic thriller is about two detectives who got entangled in solving the case of multiple raped and murdered women and finding the man behind it. The real-life suspect, apparently, was believed to be found last year serving in prison for molesting and killing his sister-in-law. That's some kind of an achievement right there.


You're probably wondering now,"Does Bong Joon Ho ever write anything that's easily palatable?" Answer: No, not a chance. He's the most-talked about director for a reason. In his own words, he's a "f*cking weirdo." That's why nothing should stop you from watching his movies—definitely not the subtitles.

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