Parasite

2019 | Drama | 132 minutes | Korean with English subtitles

Info

Kim Ki-taek, his wife, Chung-sook, their son, Ki-woo, and their daughter, Ki-jeong, are an impoverished family living in a crowded semi-basement apartment in Korea.  They are working in low-paying temporary jobs struggling to make ends meet. Ki-jeong’s friend suggests that she represent herself as a university student and tutor the wealthy Park family’s daughter, Da-hye. With a foot in the door, Ki-woo manages to get her entire family jobs in the Park household. When the Parks leave on a camping trip, Ki-taek, Chung-sook, Ki-woo, and Ki-jeong live it up in the mansion, eating, partying, and doing some heavy drinking. That night, Moon-gwang, the ex-housekeeper who was fired, knocks on the door claiming she left something behind. She is allowed in the house and strange things begin to occur. Nothing is ever the same for both families.

Cast

Song Kang-ho (Ki-taek) / Chang Hyae-jin (Chung-sook) / Park So-dam (Ki-jeong) / Choi Woo-shik  (Ki-woo) / Lee Sun-kyun (Park Dong-ik) / Cho Yeo-jeong (Park Yeon-gyo) / Lee Jung-eun (Moon-gwang)

Why Stream This Film?
The film was included on nearly every 10-Best list; it was universally acclaimed by the film critics; it’s been called a masterpiece. Need I say more?   
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
  • Metacritic Score: 96
Accolades
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner (Unanimously), Palme d’Or
  • Academy Awards: South Korean entry, Best International Feature Film
  • Golden Globes Awards: Nominated, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho); Best Screenplay (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won); Best Foreign Language Film
  • Screen Actors Guild Award: Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Now streaming on:

Bong doesn’t set out to paint the wealthy—for all their hauteur—as monsters, or the impoverished as saints, and you don’t emerge from this film feeling bullied. You feel worried and seduced.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

PARASITE: Funny, insightful, social satire earns its twists and turns.  One of the best movies of 2019, Bong Joon-ho’s latest is a film of dramatic power, innovative comedy, romantic poetry, and melancholy beauty.
Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun Times

Director Bong Joon ho’s command of the medium is thrilling. He likes to move the camera, sometimes just to nudge your attention from where you think it should be, but always in concert with his restlessly inventive staging.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

PARASITE is unquestionably one of the best films of the year. Just trust me on this one.
Brian Tallerico

RogerEbert.com

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