Finding good content to watch, being in times of coronavirus, already seems impossible. We saw it all.

That is why, on this occasion, we bring you the tapes that the last Oscar winner for Best Director recommended , at the beginning of the pandemic.

1. Lola Montes (1955)

Lola Montes Bong Joo Ho

A romance could not be missing. Directed by the German, Max Ophlus , this film takes us to a world as bright as it is dark. An interesting story about the life of circus performers.

2 . The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

The Ballad of Narayama bong joo ho

Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita , we have a story that was the inspiration for “ Parasite ” and we can tell. He touches on issues such as poverty, old age and marginalization. We will know the life of Kinoshita , a woman destined to die for an ancient tradition. While the most recent version is from 1983, Joo-ho recommends looking at the 1958 version.

3. The 400 Blows (1959)

The 400 Blows Bong Joo ho

Being one of Martin Scorsese ‘s favorites , the Korean defined it as “the most beautiful film debut in the history of cinema” . Francois Truffaut sought to talk to us about the way in which this culture reflects on issues such as maturity, fear and the famous existential pains.

4. The Housemaid (1960)

The Housemaid Bong Joo ho

Another film that influenced “Parasite “. “It’s a crime melodrama inspired by a real event that Kim (director) read about in a newspaper. It shrewdly deals with the sexual desires of women, the Korean society of the time, and the changing social classes. He does a great job of describing that ,” the filmmaker told Criterion  in an interview. In addition, he affirmed that he was able to rescue the ability to build concepts about resentment, tension between classes, and violated privacy that we clearly see reflected in his latest film.

Although there is a well-known version from 2010, Bong recommends the one from the sixties.

5. The Great Escape (1963)

Maybe The Great Escape isn't as great as it once seemed...

With John Sturges directing and Steve McQueen starring, we have a great action film with a reflection on survival. Yes, it’s the same one that Quentin Tarantino honored in ” Once Upon a Time in Hollywood .”

6.  Intentions Of Murder (1964)

Of course, Asian cinema is important to Bong Joo-ho . On this occasion, he recommends the double winner of the Palme d’Or: Shohei Imamura . Lust, fear and the anxiety to control everything are the main themes that this sexual thriller touches on.

7.  The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

David Bowie The Man Who Fell to Earth Bong Joo ho

Seeing the tape with which David Bowie debuted as an actor is already a good reason to recommend this project. Nicolas Roeg was in charge of directing the interpreter, in a very philosophical story combined with aliens.

8. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Fanny and Alexander Bong Joo ho

One of the highlights of that year. The filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman , was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars thanks to her . It was even the winner for Best Foreign Film . In this drama we will have a particular point of view on human suffering.

9.A City of Sadness (1989)

A City of Sadness (1989) Bong Joo ho

Hou Hsiao-hsien sought to portray the White Terror of 1947, an event in which the Chinese government killed hundreds and hundreds of intellectuals. Bong Joon-ho defined it as “a very tough tour of crimes lost in the memory of history” .

10. Life Is Sweet (1990)

Life Is Sweet (1990) Bong Joo-ho

Mike Leigh knew how to portray good and evil in an everyday environment, mixing humor with pain. A striking choice from the South Korean director.

11. Fargo (1996)

Fargo (1996) Coen Bong Joo-ho

A Coen brothers classic and another that influenced “ Parasite ”. If you saw her, you’ll notice the similarities. The darkness of the human mentality, represented in two more than interesting ways.

12. Cure (1997)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa can proudly say that he made the film that influenced Bong the most , as he has confessed. A police drama with a particularity: the criminals do not remember his actions. The images shown in this film are not suitable for the sensitive.

13. Io Island (1977)

Io Island 1977 Bong Joo-ho

Having the same name as the person they say you killed must be weird. That is exactly what happens to the protagonist of this film. They say there’s no way this script won’t surprise you.

14. Do you want to be John Malkovich? (1999)

How to be John Malkovich Bong Joo-ho

Bong called Spike Jonze ‘s film debut “a lesson in existentialist cinema . ” That really is, one of the most eccentric films of the last century, one of those that leave you thinking.

15. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

“I am a crazy fan of the movie (…) I cried watching it, when the cars are dragged into the sandstorm and the music intensifies. I felt that my soul was also intensifying and my eyes filled with tears” , this is how the Korean defined the George Miller film . Despite the fact that many criticized this film for having nothing to do with the previous installments, he loves it.

16 . Midsummer (2019)

Ari Aster is one of the directors of the moment. “He is a unique guy, I love his talent,” Bong confessed about the filmmaker. Recognized for being a horror film with almost one hundred percent of its scenes during the day, it was one of the most outstanding last year.

These were 16 movies recommended by Bong Joo-ho