Bong Joon-ho’s Favorite Movies of 2021: ‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘Drive My Car’
The “Parasite” director continues to have eclectic tastes in world cinema.
Bong Joon-ho is a true movie buff. After years as a darling of the American indie film scene, the South Korean writer-director enjoyed massive mainstream success with 2019’s “Parasite,” which won the Oscars and made him one of the filmmakers whose we talk the most in the world. His projects are famous for combining aspects of multiple genres, and the director’s favorite films are equally eclectic. His all-time favorites run the gamut from Bergman and Truffaut to Tarantino and Spike Jonze, and now moviegoers can hear his thoughts on the 2021 film crop.
In the latest print issue of South Korean film magazine FILO (via World of Reel), the author said his favorite movies of 2021 were (in no order): ‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘Drive My Car’ , “Flee,” “Sundown,” “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”, “Happening (The Event)” and “Sewing Sisters”. He also said he enjoyed watching 2019’s “Sorry We Missed You” and Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2015 movie “Happy Hour” last year.
Unsurprisingly, its list covers a wide range of movies, from esoteric arthouse films to big-budget Netflix animation. Films from the 2021 Venice Film Festival, where Bong chaired the jury, are well represented. That jury awarded Audrey Diwan’s “Happening” the coveted Golden Lion Award, so it’s no shock to see that it remained one of Bong’s favorite films last year. And rather than just sticking to the winner’s bias, the director also included director Michael Franco’s existential drama “Sundown” on his list.
However, the most surprising movie on his list might be “The Mitchells vs. The Machines.” The family-friendly animated film was produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller for Netflix but didn’t appear on many other year-end lists. But the filmmaker, who never shies away from social commentary in his art, clearly found something to like in the tech-skeptical film.
That said, Bong Joon-ho may find himself with less time to watch movies this year as he’s currently gearing up to direct Robert Pattinson in a film adaptation of Edward Ashton’s upcoming novel “Mickey7” for Warner Bros. He is also executive producer of an American television series set in the “Parasite” universe for HBO.