“Parasite’s” surprise best picture victory was a statement-making moment for the South Korean filmmaker and for Neon, the indie distributor that helped catapult the film into the awards season race and its founder Tom Quinn, who has been a longtime backer of the director’s movies.
“It’s validation for Bong,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “It’s the road to untold riches. Even though he was already making the films he wanted to make, now he’ll have much more control over them. I suspect he’ll never have another ‘Snowpiercer’ situation ever again, where he lost the wheel. He is now the one and only captain of his ship.”
Bock is referring to Bong’s battles with Harvey Weinstein over his English-language debut, “Snowpiercer,” a sci-fi adventure that the indie mogul tried to re-cut.