Screen captures from ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time’

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho recently opened up about the excitement and burden he feels about having a film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.  

Bong Joon Ho and actor Choi Woo Shik went on SBS Power FM’s Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time on May 17 to talk about the film.

Parasite was invited to compete at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. “Of course it’s exciting and an honor. But, to be really honest, a part of me wants to run away. When you’re in a position to be judged, it feels like being thrown into a hot frying pan naked,” Bong told Choi Hwa Jung.

When Choi Hwa Jung pointed out that Bong goes to Cannes often and is believed to be even more well-known among foreign actors, the director replied, “The town is small. You can come to know about every corner of the place after just going there once or twice. I don’t know that many foreign actors. I just know the ones that I’ve worked with.”  

In response to being called a “master,” Director Bong said, “I haven’t even made 10 films yet. Parasite is my seventh movie. I want to get the number of films I make into the double digits. If I can stick around until then, then I think I can talk about whether or not I’m a master.”

Translated by Jennifer Earwood