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Oscar-winning 'Parasite' gets biggest-scale British screen release for Asian title


SEOUL/LONDON -- The Oscar-winning Korean film "Parasite" is getting the widest-ever theatrical release for an Asian title in Britain.

The black comedy was officially released last Friday and is now showing on 1,554 screens in some 100 theaters across Britain.

Tickets for several showings of "Parasite" sold out in the opening weekend, and the news of the film's victories at the Oscar is further boosting the film's appeal to British audiences.

"Parasite" picked up four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (US local time), including best picture, the event's highest prize.

The Korean film made Oscar history by winning both best international feature film and best picture for the first time in the more than 90-year history of the award event. It also bagged the Oscars for best director and best original screenplay.

Prior to his Oscar victories, "Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho and actor Song Kang-ho flew to London to pick up two trophies at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Feb. 2. 

The BAFTA's best original screenplay and best film not in the English language went to "Parasite" after it was nominated in four categories, including best film and best director. 

The duo also attended the movie's preview event held in London's Curzon Mayfair theater held on Feb. 3.

"Parasite" is Bong's seventh feature film. It depicts class division through two economically polarized families with a touch of thriller elements. (Yonhap)