It has been about a year since the director and actors of the film 'Parasite' were last at this hotel in central Seoul, previewing the movie.
With a tight budget, director Bong and actor Song Kang-ho had to work hard to promote the film, doing more than 600 interviews and around 100 question and answer sessions with the audiences.
That hard work paid off as 'Parasite' won heaps of praise and awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture. And the director and actors were happy to meet local reporters on Wednesday and discuss their globetrotting efforts to promote the film.
"I am very happy to come back here after proudly presenting the amazing Korean movie 'Parasite' to viewers all around the world, including the United States."
In terms of the plot, Bong said that he did not want to avoid writing about the social issues that the whole world is facing.
Rather, he thought the movie should face them.
"There are funny comedy-like scenes in the movie, but that's not all of it. There are bitter scenes that show the gap between the rich and the poor, and I did not want to ignore those aspects, not even one inch of it."
He added that it was such a pleasure for him that these aspects of the movie have been embraced by viewers around the world.
Regarding the South Korean film industry, Bong shared his worries about how talented young directors with fresh subjects are being rejected.
And he gave some advice to the Korean film industry.
"The film industry in South Korea should not be afraid of an adventure. It should embrace more challenging movies instead of being scared of the risks that films might have."
'Parasite' will be made into a limited TV series of five or six episodes.
Given that his previous movie 'Snowpiercer' will be released as a TV series this May, Bong added it might also take a while for 'Parasite' to be made.
But, he said those episodes will look at the dark side of society in much more depth.
KIM Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.