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The “Parasite” After-Party Featured A.C.E Performing "Under Cover" And K-Pop Covers, And OMG I Wish I Had Been There

"Stan talent, stan A.C.E."

This is A.C.E. They're a talented K-pop group that debuted in 2017 and have since released countless bops — like "Savage," "Under Cover," and "Take Me Higher."

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If you need to get up to speed, read our interview with them!

And this is the director (Bong Joon-ho) and cast of Parasite — you know, the movie that swept the 2020 Oscars with four history-making wins.

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*brushes outdated English-speaking biases off of shoulder*

OK, great. What exactly do they have in common? Well, I'm so glad you asked!

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Bong Joon-ho had A LOT to celebrate, so Neon (Parasite's US distributor) obviously had to throw an epic after-party for him, the cast, crew, and Hollywood guests.

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And how else to get a party turnt all the way up than to bring in a rising, genre-bending K-pop group like A.C.E?

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They performed their hit, "Under Cover":

Yes, #parasite party has kpop group A.CE. performing

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As well as BTS's "Fake Love":

You know Korea is gonna celebrate its historic first (four) #Oscars with K-pop. Here's rookie group A.C.E. covering @BTS_twt' "Fake Love"!

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And BTS's "DNA":

A.C.E. covering @BTS_twt' "DNA" at CJ/@neonrated's #Oscars2020 party for Best Picture winner #Parasite

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A.C.E also filmed ~professional~ covers of both "Fake Love" and "DNA", so they're def ARMY.

They even threw it back to the '90s with an iconic H.O.T. number, "Hope":

And a throwback for the real Koreans in the audience! H/t '90s K-pop aficionado @ForLaDolceVita for ID'ing this cover of H.O.T.'s "Hope." '90s hip hop at Soho House?! Only a world in which #Parasite is the #Oscars2020 Best Picture!

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According to Billboard, they also performed H.O.T's "We Are The Future."

In an interview with Ilgan Sports, A.C.E reflected on their appearance, saying, “It was really an honor to be able to participate in a culturally significant event and congratulate them on their awards."

And that's not the only connection! A.C.E's director and editor Kang Hyun-gyu was third assistant to Parasite's cinematographer, Hong Kyung-pyo.

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^That's Kang Hyun-gyu directing a promo video for A.C.E! He also creates/edits hilarious behind-the-scenes videos (he's directly credited onscreen, btw).

According to his CJ bio, he initially trained himself in underwater photography (which obviously came in handy for the submerged basement scenes) and then made the leap to film crew member.

We're truly blessed by his range of work!!! H/T SBS PopAsia.

Once A.C.E's fans (known as Choice) discovered what had happened, they were — and I cannot stress this enough — living for A.C.E's special performances:

Like, all-caps living:

IS STAN TWITTER REALLY STILL NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT A.C.E WHEN A MEMBER OF PARASITE’S (A 7 TIME OSCAR FILM) FOLM CREW IS PART OF THEIR PRODUCTION CREW? ARE WE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT HOW HE IS ALSO ONE OF THE FUNNIEST EDITORS AND MAKES FUN OF OUR BOYS LOVINGLY EVERY DAY??UNBELIEVABLE.

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Even moms got hooked by their talent:

i told my mom about a.c.e performing at the parasite oscar after party and meeting la reid and she said "oh i definitely see them reaching the top' (that's kind of an expression in my language about someone rising to fame) and i got emotional

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"It really doesn't get better than this":

so a.c.e performed at the after party of the first foreign language film to win best picture, a movie which one of their company’s editors worked on, did their own songs, covered a bts song, and yuchan and byeongkwan wore crop tops. like it really does not get better than this.

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*International Feature Film (Parasite was the first film to receive the award under its new and, quite frankly, improved name)

Also, very hard same:

@therebeccasun @BTS_twt @neonrated @official_ACE7 bless this crop top

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Fans pointed out their acting abilities, too. Can A.C.E snag a cameo for the upcoming Parasite HBO series, or can they?

the k-pop group that was invited by the parasite team to perform at the oscars after party? yeah their name is a.c.e and they can act too. stan talent, stan a.c.e #Oscars

@atzaces / Via Twitter: @atzaces

This is exactly what we need: more diversity and representation in film and music (which includes K-pop)!

can we just talk about how a.c.e didn’t only perform their own songs at parasite’s oscar afterparty, but also sprinkled in kpop’s diversity with an older iconic classic from h.o.t and today’s global hit, bts. now if that ain’t pure talent and versitality, idk what is. stan a.c.e

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Parasite is a good movie. K-pop is good music. PERIOD.

I'll leave you with this thought. Go Parasite and go A.C.E!

thinking how parasite broke barriers as the first foreign language film to win oscars best picture. and they chose a.c.e as a way of showcasing kpop, another huge korean export breaking barriers. that’s just crazy

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In fact, there are pleeeeenty more underrated K-pop groups and Korean movies to obsess over. Go wild!

In conclusion...

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