The Oscars made history this year when they awarded the Best Picture prize to a foreign-language film: South Korea’s Parasite. But, now that the movie is available for streaming on Hulu, some fans aren’t happy with the fact they have to read subtitles to find out what’s going on.
In addition to winning Best Picture, Parasite also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film. To celebrate their exclusive streaming launch this week, Hulu promoted the movie on social media, but some Hulu subscribers weren’t impressed because of the required reading.
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— Hulu (@hulu) April 8, 2020
“It’s not in English, no one wants to watch a movie that they literally have to read to understand what’s going on,” one user tweeted to the official Hulu twitter account, to which they replied: “If you don’t want to read subtitles, you can always learn Korean.”
When one Hulu user wrote “Pathetic movie,” Hulu replied: “Or as we like to call it, Best Picture.” They also added that the movie “won four Oscars.”
The South Korean film – directed by Bong Joon-ho – was a sensation on the festival circuit last year and won the Palme d’Or prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Despite the Twitter criticism about subtitles, the film still managed to earn more than $50 million at the box office in the United States and Canada.
Worldwide, the movie has earned more than $266 million, making it the highest-grossing South Korean movie of all time. The high total also proved that people don’t mind reading subtitles, especially when it’s a good movie.
As Bong Joon-ho said during one of his Oscar acceptance speeches: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
— Hulu (@hulu) April 10, 2020
Fans of the movie on Twitter defended the movie against the subtitle complaints, with one writing that they couldn’t imagine what life would be like if you allowed yourself to be limited just because you don’t want to put in the effort to read.
In addition to releasing Parasite this week, Hulu also shared four different backgrounds from the movie so fans can “act like you own the place” in their video calls during quarantine.
Parasite is now available for streaming on Hulu…with subtitles.