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Must-watch Bong Joon-ho movies: 'Snowpiercer', 'Memories of Murder' and 'The Host' Updated: 2020-02-18 16:46:48 KST

'Unexpected plot twists and subtle criticisms of society'.
These are what one movie critic described as some of the charms of films by Director Bong Joon-ho.
When asked about which three of his movies she would like to recommend, the critic picked out 'Snowpiercer' as the first one.
Another anti-capitalism film, 'Snowpiercer', has similar themes of class conflict that were portrayed in 'Parasite'.
Here, Bong uses a train to represent a cross-section of a capitalist society, where the under-class start a revolution against the upper-classes onboard the train.
Yet, even after the leader of this society dies, the system doesn't change.
The critic says this is where Director Bong shows his own beliefs.

"At the end, the train is destroyed and only kids are left alive. I think this is where Director Bong shows his pessimism towards a capitalist society. Perhaps he believes that the world should restart with a clean slate."

If you want to learn about South Korean history and culture, 'Memories of Murder' could be another interesting movie to watch.
Set in the mid-1980s and based on a true story, two detectives try their best to find Korea's first serial murderer. The critic says the rural setting, and scenes where a shaman helps the detectives, could be interesting to foreigners.
Another interesting aspect of the movie is that Bong again subtly criticizes the government of that time.

"Director Bong focused on the reason why detectives could not catch the serial murderer, and criticized the government. The country at that time was under dictatorship, and was more interested in removing threats rather than catching the murderer. Bong subtly shows that innocent people were sacrificed because of this government."

The third recommendation, 'The Host', also shows government incompetence when a monster emerges from the Han River.
The thrilling action puts movie lovers on the edge of their seats, making them feel as if they are also running away from the monster.
You can watch 'Snowpiercer' and 'Memories of Murder' on Netflix, and all three movies via IPTV streaming services.
KIM Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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