South Korea, 2019, 132 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Bong Joon-Ho, Rated R, Korean with English subtitles, Neon
“Imagine a high-wire act where the acrobat suddenly leaps to a higher wire, then to another that's higher still. It's the best way I can think of to describe the giddy thrill of watching Parasite, a masterpiece of serial surprises.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together in Parasite, Korean master Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or winner. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families that turns parasitic as the social and economic stratification in South Korea are sharply brought to bear. Director Bong channels his usual elements – dark comedy, social commentary, leading man Song Kang-ho – but ends up creating distinctly unique work that is a genre unto its own. Parasite when it became the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Parasite won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.This page is for the color version of Parasite; for the black and white version, please click here.
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