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Parasite (2019)

Gisaengchung (original title)
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A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

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Bong Joon Ho

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Kim Ki-taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Park Dong-ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Park Yeon-kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Kim Ki-woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Kim Ki-jung (as Park So Dam)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon-gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
Hye-jin Jang ... Kim Chung-sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
Ji-hye Lee ... Singer
Ji-so Jung ... Park Da-hye (as Jung Ziso)
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun-se
Seo-joon Park ... Min
Keun-rok Park ... Yoon
Seong-Bong Ahn Seong-Bong Ahn ... Man Provoking Quarrel
Kang Echae Kang Echae ... Special Guest
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place
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Storyline

Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-taek, and his equally unambitious family--his supportive wife, Chung-sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo--occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an ingeniously insidious scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Misplaced familyhood (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parasite See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$50,047,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,542,972
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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever do so. See more »

Goofs

They get out with their phones in pocket and go to their home completely drenched in rain and then into almost neck deep water, yet their phones keep working the next morning just fine as they all receive call from the rich family. See more »

Quotes

Moon-gwang: Don't fucking call me sis, you filthy bitch!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a black-and-white version. Instead of opting for a simple digital bleaching, Bong Joon Ho worked with a colorist and cinematographer to make sure each scene retained its texture. See more »

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Featured in 2020 Golden Globe Awards (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

A Glass of Soju
Lyrics by Bong Joon Ho
Arranged by Jaeil Jung (as Jung Jae Il)
Performed by Woo-sik Choi (as Choi Woo Shik)
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Whose the parasite and whose the cow?!
17 August 2019 | by dougal79See all my reviews

What an amazing film! Clearly an essay on the class divide. Writing lovable but nasty people is tough, but perfectly executed here.

They quite clearly cross the line, and when I mean "they" I mean bother the working class and the upper class. You could easily argue that "parasite" refers to one family trying to suck another family dry. Or that the upper class is draining the labour of the lower class, and expecting them to be grateful about it too! There is also something about the American Indian theme, a metaphor for dying cultural traditions which are being replaced by modernity? Nature is dog eat dog? Or is it a homage to an "idyllic" past where Native American culture was relatively classless?

Either way a must watch if you can handle subtitles!


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