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Oscar win for 'Parasite' sends South Korea into rapture

President Moon and fans laud success of film portraying societal disparity

SEOUL -- South Korea erupted with joy after Bong Joon-ho's film "Parasite" upset the odds to win the best picture award at the Oscars, becoming the first non-English language movie to take top prize.

Media websites flashed the news and social media was awash with messages celebrating the victory of the film that portrays the harsh disparities in South Korean society with humor. Other posts trumpeted the growing soft power of a nation that is known for its globally successful K-pop industry.

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