Hulu has snagged exclusive rights to stream the Oscar-winning Parasite. You can catch the South Korean film on Hulu starting on April 8th. The film made history as the first foreign film to snag the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars.
While the film is still playing in some theaters across the country, the question of where to stream the film has finally been answered. The deal between Hulu and Neon, the indie studio that owns the North American rights to Parasite, means you’ll only be able to stream the film on the Disney-controlled streaming service. Hulu also has streaming rights for other films from the studio including I, Tonya; The Beach Bum; Honeyland; and Three Identical Strangers.
Parasite was one of the biggest winners at the 2020 Oscars, taking home four Academy Awards. The film took home the Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film, and Writing (Original Screenplay) awards. This is the first South Korean film nominated for the International Feature Film award. The film edged out other popular films including Joker, Marriage Story, Little Women, 1917, Jojo Rabbit, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Parasite has also won other awards as well, including the top prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or award.
The film explores class conflict and socioeconomic inequality in South Korea. It follows the story of a lower-income family that works to gain access to a wealthy household. Kim Ki-woo sees it as an opening to prosperity for his poor family. However, as he finds himself working with the wealthy family he learns a dark secret.
With Hulu’s streaming service only being available in the US, the question remains which service will stream the film for international viewers. However, to date, the rights for international streaming of the critically acclaimed film remain to be determined.