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Parasite (2019)

Gisaengchung (original title)
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Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (story), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #29 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 270 wins & 254 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Trivia

The architect of the Park mansion shares the same family name with Kang-ho Song's character in Snowpiercer (2013), i.e. Namgoong. Song is a regular cast member of Bong Joon Ho's films. 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 calls from the rich family. See more »

Quotes

Kim Ki-jung: [about Moon-gwang] She may look like a sheep, but inside, she's a fox. Sometimes she acts like she owns the house.
Kim Ki-woo: Right. Of all the people in that house, she's lived there the longest. She was housekeeper to the architect Namgoong, but then she went on to work for this family. When the architect moved out, he introduced this woman to Park's family, telling them, "This is a great housekeeper, you should hire her".
Chung-sook, Ki-taek's wife: So she survived a change of ownership.
Kim Ki-woo: She won't give up such a good job easily.
Kim Ki-jung: To ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Rodelinda: Act 2 - Spietati, io vi glurai
Written by George Frideric Handel
Universal Music
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4 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

The most original film of 2019 and it is wickedly funny and darkly disturbing all at the same time. The narrative and the actors were excellent. One of the better endings of a movie in quite a while. Class warfare at its best.


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Country:

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:

$257,592,991
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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