How ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: APHow ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: AP
How ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: AP

Why subtitled films like Parasite will always struggle to win over US moviegoers – their content is as foreign as their language, observers say

  • Bong Joon-ho, director of award-winning and Oscar-nominated film Parasite, wants North American audiences to ‘overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles’
  • Yet the language of Hollywood, and of awards season, is English, and that will always be a stumbling block for films shot in a foreign language

Topic |   Academy Awards
How ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: APHow ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: AP
How ready is Hollywood to accept foreign films with subtitles on a wider basis? The jury, despite recent hits such as South Korean Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, is still out. Photo: AP
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