At the much anticipated luncheon, President Moon Jae-in began by applauding the Parasite crew for opening a new chapter in movie history.
Though the nation has been worried, he said, over the spread of the coronavirus in the past weeks, 'Parasite''s performance at the Oscars has given the public courage.
"I am very proud that Parasite wrote a new chapter not only in South Korea's 100-year cinema history, but also in the history of the Oscars. This accomplishment has given courage and pride to the public, who've been troubled by the COVID-19 outbreak. I am especially thankful on that point."
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The luncheon, held at the Blue House on Thursday, was attended by some 20 members of the film's cast and production staff, including Director Bong Joon-ho.
President Moon said that thanks to director Bong's outstanding talent, the film was able to overcome the language barrier.
He also pointed out that the film was able to depict the deepening social divide around the world, adding that reducing social inequality is one of the government's top priorities.
Director Bong, while showing surprise at the President's spontaneous and expressive speech, thanked the First couple for their meaningful invitation.
"It's been a while since this many of the crew have been together in one place. It's such an honor that our crew could complete our journey together with the President and the First lady here at the Blue House."
The crew and the First Couple were served a range of dishes, including jjapaguri, which the First Lady made herself.
The dish is a combination of two types of Korean instant noodles topped with beef, and has become well known after it was featured in 'Parasite,' referred to in the translated script as 'ramdon'.
Congratulating the crew members once again, the President vowed to give tangible support through various means for the further development of the local film industry.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.