Just days after crushing the Academy Awards by taking home four Oscars, Bong Joon Ho has swapped Hollywood for colder climes.
Minneapolis to be exact, with the celebrated Korean director in town for a talk at the Walker Art Center on Wednesday evening (sold out, unsurprisingly).
It couldn't have been timed more perfectly for the Walker, given his appearance comes as he's riding a wave of newfound fame in the United States following global acclaim for Parasite.
The movie won four Oscars, with Bong taking home the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film awards.
Minneapolis photographer Andy Witchger bumped into the director at Tullibee in the North Loop, telling BMTN he was a "really nice" guy.
He certainly must seem nice, as Minnesota's own Har-Mar Superstar is pretty keen on being friends with the 50-year-old.
At the walker, Bong will talk about his work, which per the Walker ranges from "black comedy or social satire to suspenseful mystery or sci-fi action thrillers," but which have "deep sympathy for those who suffer" under layers of "nuanced absurdity and sharp social critique."
If you want more epic tales from Bong, you can read about how he lied to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in order to keep his 2013 U.S. debut movie, Snowpiercer, as a director's cut.
Weinstein allegedly retaliated in petty fashion by ensuring the movie only had a limited release, but it was nonetheless widely praised despite Weinstein's efforts to edit it.