Bong Joon-Ho should make Sharon Choi an honorary cast member of Parasite, if he hasn’t already done it. While Choi has nothing to do with the production of the recent Best Picture Oscar winner, she did play a vital role during the awards season — as Bong’s intrepid interpreter.
Choi, 25, a Korean-American filmmaker currently living in Seoul, has been with Bong on every film festival and award show, making sure that the director relays his thoughts about the dark comedy-thriller, with minimal loss in translation.
Judging from the social media feedback, she’s done a splendidly nuanced and eloquent job in getting Bong’s messages across. Her boss thinks so too. “Thanks to her, this campaign has been a smooth journey,” Bong said.
8days.sg reached out to Choi for comments via Parasite’s distributors but we suspect she’ll only be available when Bong hits the promotional circuit for his next movie. Until then here are five things you should know about the unsung MVP of the awards season.
No. 1: She’s a rookie interpreter
She has been on the road with Bong since May, starting with the Cannes Film Festival, where Parasite clinched the Palm d’Or. Before this, she has never done anything like this. She can always pursue a second career as an interpreter.
No. 2: She made history on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
When Bong appeared on the late-night talk show in December, he became the first guest to be interviewed via an interpreter. And the audience went wild... .
No. 3 She was a scene-stealer at the Golden Globes
After the Tonight Show appearance, Choi stole the limelight again at the Golden Globes where Parasite was named Best Foreign Language Film. There, Bong famously said, via Choi’s fluent interpretation, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
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No. 4: Coming Soon: Untitled Sharon Choi Movie
She’s working on her own movie. In the Oscars press room, Bong told reporters, “She’s writing a feature-length script, I’m so curious about it.” According to TheWrap, Choi’s project is set during awards season. She probably has a lot to say about the subject-matter.
Bong Joon Ho says his translator Sharon Choi is writing a script: "I'm curious about it" pic.twitter.com/SKP7tq0pya— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2020
No. 5: ...and she has a lot of fans
Her appearances on the awards and film fest circuit has made her a darling on the Internet. “I know she has a huge fandom,” Bong acknowledged to Hollywood Reporter after the Golden Globes. Here are some of the cool things her fans (including the star of Last Christmas) are saying…
Sharon Choi for president 🙌🏼❤️— Henry Golding (@henrygolding) February 10, 2020
In every recent Bong Joon Ho q&a and interview on YouTube his translator gets praised over and over in the comments for being incredibly accurate. There’s a lot saying she’s one of the best in the world. Major props.— From Dusk till Sean (@BlevinsSean) December 10, 2019
Also, Parasite is my favorite film of the year. Watch it. https://t.co/CY0mNZ3vIQ
THEY MADE AN EDIT FOR THE LADY TRANSLATOR ARE YALL INSANE pic.twitter.com/DVGTYmdgyt— give it up for parasite everybody! 🥳#⃝ ☭ (@365deux) February 10, 2020
Parasite (M18) is still in cinemas. It'll be available on Viu.com and the Viu app from Feb 15.
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