Bong Joon Ho Confronts ‘Fearful’ Anti-Asian Hate and Calls on Filmmakers to Respond

During a virtual masterclass with Chapman’s Dodge College this week, Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho reflected on the rise of anti-Asian hate in the United States and called on his fellow directors in Hollywood and all around the world to “use your insight to portray the issues that are currently boiling underneath the surface of society that can explode later on.” Citing films like Spike Lee’s 1989 drama “Do the Right Thing” and his own barrier-breaking Best Picture winner “Parasite,” Bong called on the film industry to meet the moment.“I’m far away in Korea and I have to see everything in the news from an outsider’s perspective, but as someone who is a part of mankind, as a person, it’s quite fearful to watch the hate crimes against Asian-Americans and the BLM movement,” Bong said, accompanied by his translator Sharon Choi.

“I do think about

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