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'Parasite' cast, crew invited to join academy

Entertainment 10:31 July 01, 2020

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- The cast and lead crew of director Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning "Parasite" were invited to join the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, according to the Hollywood film trade organization on Tuesday (local time).

The academy announced on its website that it extended invitations to 819 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures."

Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-jin, Jo Yeo-jeong, Lee Jung-eun and Park So-dam from the film were included in the list of new actor invitees.

Non-acting staff of the film -- costume designer Choi Se-yeon, editor Yang Jin-mo, composer Jung Jae-il, producer Kwak Sin-ae, production designer Lee Ha-jun, sound designer Choi Tae-young and co-writer Han Jin-won -- were also extended invitations.

"Parasite" director Bong and lead actor Song Kang-ho joined the academy in 2015, along with fellow South Korean film director Im Kwon-taek and actor Choi Min-sik.

South Korean director Yi Seung-jun of "In the Absence," a documentary on the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster nominated for best short documentary at this year's Oscars, and Lee Hyun-min, supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" and "Frozen 2," were also offered invitations by the academy this year.

The academy currently has some 40 South Korean members, including auteurs Park Chan-wook and Lee Chang-dong and star actor Lee Byung-hun, who joined the prestigious organization in 2016.

"Parasite," a satirical thriller on the theme of wealth inequality, won four Oscars, including best picture, at this year's Academy Awards. It has collected over 50 awards from global film festivals.

In this file photo, Bong Joon-ho (2nd from R), director of the Oscar-winning Korean film "Parasite," and the film's producer Kwak Sin-ae (far R), alongside the actors who star in the film -- (from far L to 4th from L) Jang Hye-jin, Lee Jung-eun, Park So-dam and Song Kang-ho -- attend a press conference at a Seoul hotel on Feb. 19, 2020. (Yonhap)

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