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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

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (story), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

How Bong Joon Ho Creates Films That He Wants

Through films like Okja, Snowpiercer, and Parasite, director Bong Joon Ho has dazzled audiences with his unique knack for blending genres to tell layered, one-of-a-kind stories.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Ki Taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Dong Ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Yeon Kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Ki Woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Ki Jung (as Park So Dam)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon Gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
Hye-jin Jang ... Chung Sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun Se (as Park Myeong Hoon)
Ji-so Jung ... Da Hye (as Jung Ziso)
Hyun-jun Jung ... Da Song (as Jung Hyeon Jun)
Keun-rok Park ... Driver Yoon (as Park Keun Rok)
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place (as Jeung Esuh)
Jo Jae-Myeong Jo Jae-Myeong ... CEO's Brother of Pizza Place
Ik-han Jung ... Neighbor (as Jung Ik Han)
Kim Gyu Baek Kim Gyu Baek ... Drunk Person 1
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Storyline

The Kims - mother and father Chung-sook and Ki-taek, and their young adult offspring, son Ki-woo and daughter Ki-jung - are a poor family living in a shabby and cramped half basement apartment in a busy lower working class commercial district of Seoul. Without even knowing it, they, especially Mr. and Mrs. Kim, literally smell of poverty. Often as a collective, they perpetrate minor scams to get by, and even when they have jobs, they do the minimum work required. Ki-woo is the one who has dreams of getting out of poverty by one day going to university. Despite not having that university education, Ki-woo is chosen by his university student friend Min, who is leaving to go to school, to take over his tutoring job to Park Da-hye, who Min plans to date once he returns to Seoul and she herself is in university. The Parks are a wealthy family who for four years have lived in their modernistic house designed by and the former residence of famed architect Namgoong. While Mr. and Mrs. Park ... Written by Huggo

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house | murder | wealth | driver | fraud | See All (276) »

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Uncontainable desire. (US teaser poster) 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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Details

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

Budget:

$11,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$53,369,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,138,371
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first film from South Korea to be nominated for, and win, an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

When the maid's mouth is bound with a cloth preventing her from yelling, when we cut back, the cloth has vanished. Their would be no way she could take it off since her hands were also bound. See more »

Quotes

Ki Taek: Acting is one thing. But this family is so gullible, right?
Chung Sook: Especially the Madame.
Ki Taek: You said it. She's so naive and nice. She's rich but she's still nice.
Chung Sook: Not "Rich but still nice." Nice because she's rich, you know? Hell, if I had all this money, I'd be nice too!
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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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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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You name a genre, this movie covers it
6 October 2019 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that contained as many genres as 'Parasite'. The movie starts out almost like an 'Ocean's Eleven' heist film and then expands into a comedy, mystery, thriller, drama, romance, crime and even horror film. It really did have everything and it was strikingly good at all of them too.

I love a film that respects its audience. There are so many details in this movie that are crucially important and yet the film trusts its audience to notice them and acknowledge them without ramming them down our throats. There are a lot of layers to this film and I suspect for this reason its rewatch-ability factor will be very high.

The film was incredibly entertaining too. I can't think of a boring scene in this movie and yet on the surface for large parts of the film you would say not a lot is happening, at least in terms of action. Fascinating characters and brilliant dialogue are what create this. I had a great time with 'Parasite' and I think most that give it a chance will too.


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