score 385736 Votes /
Kang-ho Song /
runtime 132 m /
Review 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? /
country South Korea
In the latest film of Bong Joon-Ho (Salinui chueok (2003)Snowpiercer (2013)
The income disparity is quickly made apparent to us and in a string of events I don’t want to spoil here, the poorer family finds themselves usurping one role at a time of the richer family until they all find themselves employed by the rich. And yet they have to act like total strangers with one another. How this is all written, directed and acted plays off incredibly well.
“Parasite” really surprised me in that it takes you on a whirlwind of emotions. It’s storytelling is ambitious and takes chances in veering off-tone and off-the-book, so to speak. I found myself dying of laughter at some parts, tense or sad at others and purely enchanted throughout. All of this while showcasing some of the most unique storytelling I’ve ever witnessed.
Certain to nab a Best Foreign Film nomination at the Academy Awards and perhaps even a Best Director & Best Picture nod, Parasite” is certainly one of the year’s best. Arguably even one the decade’s best. It’s all in the little details whether it’s using a keen sense of lighting, composition or blocking to reveal something. Give this one a watch and you’ll see what I mean. Masterpiece.