Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

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Bong Joon Ho

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Bong Joon Ho (story by), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Kang-ho Song ... Ki Taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Dong Ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Cho ... Yeon Kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Ki Woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Ki Jung (as Park So Dam)
Lee Jeong-eun ... 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)
Esuz Jeong Esuz Jeong ... CEO of Pizza Place (as Jeung Esuh)
Jae-myeong Jo Jae-myeong Jo ... CEO's Brother of Pizza Place
Ik-han Jung ... Neighbor (as Jung Ik Han)
Kyu-baek Kim Kyu-baek Kim ... Drunk Person 1
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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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Misplaced familyhood (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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

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

Goofs

(at around 1h 23 mins) The maid's mouth is shown to be bound with a cloth to prevent her from yelling, but when it cuts back, the cloth has vanished. There would be no way she could have taken it off since her hands were also bound. See more »

Quotes

Chung-sook: If I had all this I would be kinder.
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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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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Dang it, Katie! (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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One of the best films of this decade
5 July 2019 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

I am remarkably stingy with my 10/10 ratings. I'll be the first person to acknowledge this. Of the roughly 2600 titles I've rated on here, only 34 have a 10. Parasite is one of them. If this isn't a masterpiece, then I don't know what is.

I'm going to keep it vague on the plot-front, because I didn't know anything about it going in, and was really excited to see it progress and unfold in satisfying, unexpected ways.

What I will say is that this film, more than just about any other I've seen, put me through so many different emotional states during its 132-minute runtime, and did so without ever feeling muddled or tonally inconsistent. Parts of this movie were hilarious. Parts were heartbreaking. Other parts were insanely suspenseful (I'm honestly not sure if I've felt this close to the edge of my seat since the final season of Breaking Bad, way back in 2013).

And it does all this while being perfectly paced, beautifully directed, and amazingly acted from every single member of its cast. All the characters are understandable and sympathetic to some degree; the amount of conflict, drama and tension derived from a narrative with no clear heroes and villains is staggering. You come to care for just about all of them.

I'm stumped to come up with any flaws for this movie. And sure, I've seen many movies that are hard to fault, but it's rare that a movie appeals to me on a gut level and excites me to this degree while also being so close to technically perfect. It's extremely entertaining, thoroughly moving in so many different ways, and as icing on the cake there's a ton of social commentary and some heavy themes to chew on once the movie's over (and this one's not going to leave my head for a while, I can tell).

Catch this one when you can and believe the hype. Joon-Ho Bong has made many great films (and so far no bad one's), but this even manages to stand head and shoulders above all the others.

When it comes time to consider what the best film of the 2010s was, this one will surely be up there.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$258,854,666
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