Directors and creators should be bolder when dealing with issues such as anti-Asian violence, Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho said in an interview Wednesday night at Dodge College at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Answering questions remotely from his home in Korea and speaking through a translator, the Parasite The director admitted that being so far away, he had a stranger’s point of view. “But as a person of humanity, as a person, it’s pretty scary to watch hate crimes against Asian Americans and the BLM movement,” he said. “I’m thinking about what the film industry can do right now. With movies, making a movie takes a lot of time and a lot of money; it is a great unit that cannot really respond quickly to the problems that are currently occurring in society. “
However, he added, “But ironically, because of this, I think creators and filmmakers can be more daring when it comes to issues and they shouldn’t be afraid to face them. I’m currently thinking of Spike Lee Do the right thing.“
Bong said the Spike Lee film was an example of the role creators and artists can play in dealing with social issues, “not necessarily in predicting what will happen in society, but in using your insight to describe them. problems that are currently bubbling beneath the surface of society that may explode later.
“For me, Parasite was a movie where I tried to take this approach … [the film] talks about the haves and have-nots of our current society. It started with a question: “What does it mean to be poor or rich today?” As creators and artists you have to somehow see through the essence and the central questions of our society through the days that you live and send an answer to these questions through your work.