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Tea Leaves

'Parasite' versus 'Winnie the Pooh'

Globalization of the film industry brings risks as well as benefits

Going to the cinema in Britain these days is like spinning an LP, an old-fashioned activity totally foreign to the millennial generation. I still treasure my vinyl, and I enjoy the occasional trip to the cinema, especially the intimate, luxurious kind with soft banquettes and holders for wine glasses.

Such were the surroundings in which I watched Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite," shortly after the South Korean film made cinema history by winning a clutch of Oscars, including best film and best director. Without giving too much away, I would describe it as an entertaining satire-cum-splatter flick, rather as if Hirokazu Koreeda's "Shoplifters" (2018) -- a contemporary Japanese masterpiece -- had been directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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