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Parasite (2019)

Gisaengchung (original title)
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All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho (as Joon-ho Bong)

Writers:

Jin Won Han (screenplay), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay) (as Bong Joon-ho)
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Bong Joon-Ho Describes the Origin of 'Parasite'

Bong Joon-Ho says the idea for Parasite had been in his brain for a while, and lead actor Song Kang-Ho shares how they have developed a friendship and trust over the last 20 years.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Kim Ki-taek
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Park Yeon-kyo
So-dam Park ... Kim Ki-jung
Woo-sik Choi ... Kim Ki-woo
Seo-joon Park ... Min
Sun-kyun Lee ... Park Dong-ik
Ji-so Jung ... Park Da-hye (as Jung Ziso)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon-gwang
Hye-jin Jang ... Kim Chung-sook (as Hyae Jin Chang)
Andreas Fronk ... German Father
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun-se
Ji-hye Lee ... Singer
Hyun-jun Jung ... Park Da-song
Joo-hyung Lee ... Party Guy 3
Keun-rok Park ... Yoon
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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 insidiously subtle 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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Act like you own the place (USA) 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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 May 2019 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Parasite See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$384,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$384,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,505,689
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The first song of the closing credits is written by director Joon-ho Bong himself and sung by lead actor Woo-sik Choi. See more »

Quotes

Ki-taek: [to his son] You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeeping together on the floor. So, there's no need for a plan. You can't go wrong with no plans. We don't need to make a plan for anything. It doesn't matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?
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In ginnochio da te
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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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