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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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murder | fraud | house | tutor | wealth | See All (246) »

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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$48,832,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,032,209
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Bong Joon Ho said that for a scene that featured the mother and daughter, the mother's best performance was the third take and the daughter's the fifth, so editor Jinmo Yang split the shot in half to stitch together the best performance for each actor. See more »

Goofs

When the maids 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

Chung-sook, Ki-taek's wife: 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 »

Connections

Featured in FoundFlix: Parasite (2019) (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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Achieves what Jordan Peele set out to do with Us
2 July 2019 | by DJKwaSee all my reviews

As a film about a family imposing on another, and keeping dark secrets hidden beneath the surface, Parasite achieves what Jordan Peele set out to do with Us: tell a multi-layered story in a widely entertaining manner, but without sacrificing the believability of its central narrative.

That's not to say that Us is an ineffective film by any means, but when it comes to crafting weighty social commentaries under the guise of lighter fare, writer-director Bong Joon-ho is in a class of his own.

The film follows a lower-class South Korean family as they slowly integrate themselves in the lives of an upper-class family and their lavish household. As their entanglement is spun out of a web of deceit, the lowly family find themselves skating on thin ice when it comes to keeping up appearances.

It's a twisty satire on social-economic disparities in South Korean society that swings broadly in tone, and sometimes threatens to tip over the edge, but never feels less than meticulously calculated in its tonal shifts.

However, to reveal anything more about the story would be to take away from the overall experience, as each act is marked by a major plot twist or revelation that keeps the film one step ahead of the viewer at all times. Go in blind if you can and expect an unforgettable ride.


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