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South Korea's 'Parasite' celebrations tiptoe around brutal message

Oscar win highlights challenges President Moon faces in tackling disparities

Park So-dam and Choi Woo-shik perform in "Parasite." (Photo courtesy of NEON and CJ Entertainment)

SEOUL -- In a message congratulating the makers of "Parasite" for winning four Academy Awards, South Korean President Moon Jae-in described the genre-bending film as "the most Korean story."

Moon expressed joy that this tale of two disparate families captured the hearts of moviegoers around the world. But he stopped short of explaining just what made the movie such a hit in his country, and why it resonated with international audiences in a way no other South Korean film ever has.

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