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[Guardian] Parasite overtakes The Passion of the Christ as biggest ever foreign language film in the UK

Oscar-winning horror-thriller Parasite has become the highest-earning foreign language film at the UK box office, overtaking the 2004 Mel Gibson-directed film The Passion of the Christ. Curzon, the film’s UK distributors, reported that Parasite passed Passion’s cumulative total of £11,078,861 on Friday; Parasite’s closing total that day took it to £11,081,375. By the end of the weekend the film had added another £377,332 Continue Reading . . .

[CNN Travel] 7 reasons why South Korea is an amazing destination for families

There’s a specific sociological reason why the children’s facilities throughout South Korea are so spectacular, making it a top destination for those traveling with kids. At 1.05 children per woman, South Korea has the lowest birth rate in the world. No expense is spared and often the majority of expendable income and vacation time of the entire extended family is spent on the one Continue Reading . . .

[Screen Daily] ‘Parasite’ expanding to even more UK cinemas after bumper box office

Curzon and Studiocanal look set to add more than 100 screens to the UK release of Parasite following a second successful weekend at the box office. Details are still being finalized but Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning drama is expected to expand from 430 sites to around 550 after taking £2.5m at the UK box office over the weekend, taking its running total to more Continue Reading . . .

[Yahoo] ‘Parasite’ is getting a huge UK cinema expansion following Oscars, Baftas and box office triumph

Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite is getting a big cinema expansion in the UK following its historic Best Picture win at the Oscars. Originally released into just 136 venues on Friday, 7 February, Parasite will expand into over 400 sites across the UK and Ireland on Valentine’s Day after a record-breaking weekend at the box office. The film grossed £1,079,102 from 136 venues with an impressive Continue Reading . . .

[Guardian] Parasite makes Oscars history as first foreign language winner of best picture

After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture. Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film. . . .

[The Times] 24 alternative holiday destinations for 2020

Thanks to the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics, Japan’s seeing a huge influx of tourists – yet South Korea packs the same cherry blossom, ornate temples and glitzy cities without the crowds. Wondering how to do it? Fly into Seoul and allow at least two days to explore it: the capital combines rambling royal palaces, trendy shopping districts and Continue Reading . . .

[Huffington Post] 50 Awesome Solo Travel Destinations To Visit In 2020

“Seoul is on the top of my list for great places to travel solo this year. It’s safe for solo travelers, fairly easy to get around, and the people are always kind and willing to help tourists. The city is full of modern conveniences that take everyday luxury to another level. There’s WiFi everywhere, you can Uber around the city, Continue Reading . . .

[Telegraph] Jeju – The original Love Island

Unesco-listed, and billed as South Korea’s answer to Hawaii, Jeju is pure Instagram gold, and home to dramatic volcanic landscapes, underground caves, hiking trails and scenic beaches. Halla Mountain, at 1,940m above sea level, is South Korea’s highest, while the cone of Seongsan Ilchulbong, or “Sunrise Peak”, is particularly spectacular. It is also known for its countless orange trees and Continue Reading . . .