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Spotlight on Asian films at Oscars after Parasite's wins last year

Critics see Taiwan's 'A Sun' and India's 'Jallikattu' making Feb. 9 shortlist

Taiwan's "A Sun" scooped up six Golden Horse awards last year. 

HONG KONG --The success of director Bong Joon-ho's biting social satire "Parasite" at last year's Academy Awards brought unprecedented attention to a South Korean film and turned the global spotlight squarely on the Asian cinema industry.

The first non-English language film to win Best Picture, Parasite's success was global, bring in box-office takings of $258 million. Almost 12 months down the line, it is questionable if the Asian cinematic world can live up to Parasite's legacy. Coronavirus struck last March -- just weeks after the Oscars -- closing cinemas around the world as film production everywhere virtually ground to a halt.

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