Fans emphasise rich diversity of film-making, which has been thrilling audiences for years

The Oscar success of Parasite, which became the first foreign-language film to win best picture, might have taken UK-based Korean artists and film buffs by surprise as much as anyone, but some had already been banking on a wider boon.

Before the awards ceremony, London-based playwright and screenwriter Kyo Choi tweeted reference points that have come to be associated with Korea. She wrote: “Hope #Parasite wins an #Oscar. Then when I talk to strangers, it won’t just be re Kim Jong Un, BTS & good gut bacteria in kimchi.”

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