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

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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:

$44,334,442

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,310,262
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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Parks are in their own way parasites: each member of the family is in sore need of a companion, as they can't rely on each other properly. 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: Want to come down with me?
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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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Performed by Gianni Morandi
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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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