The monochromatic version of the social comedy was created and planned for release by director Bong Joon-ho long before the movie made history at the Oscars by becoming the first Asian film to win Best Picture.

The Oscar win last week gave the South Korean thriller a box office surge over the weekend, reported The Straits Times.

The film, available in the original and new black-and-white version, collected $270,000 from Feb 13 to 16, giving it the No. 2 place in box office earnings over that period in Singapore.

Bong jokingly calls this a vanity project, inspired by the days he spent watching his family’s black-and-white television as a boy.

This is not a simple digital bleaching – he worked with a colourist and cinematographer to make sure each scene retained its texture.

In an interview with The Hollywood reporter, Bong said he hopes that with the colours gone, viewers can see more clearly the contrast in living conditions between the rich and poor families.

A scene from the movie Parasite, featuring Park So-dam (left) as Kim Ki-jeong and Choi Woo-shik as Kim Ki-woo.
Credit: Golden Village

WHERE: Golden Village Funan, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard and The Projector

DURATION: 131 minutes/Now showing

ADMISSION: Standard cinema ticket prices

Check out the trailer of the original version of Parasite.

This article was first publish in The Straits Times.