Widely regarded as one of Asia’s best directors, South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho has created a film masterpiece in his newest work, Parasite.
Parasite has been critically acclaimed since it was first shown at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Palme d’Or. Bong Joon-ho was also awarded best director for his work on the film. It also has three Golden Globe Nominations. growing Oscar buzz, the Los Angeles Film Critics association Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor. It also reviewed the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Foreign Language Film. The film grossed US$20.7 million in its opening weekend in South Korea.
The film follows a working-class family that survives by husting, doing odd jobs and figuring out ways to creatively figuring out ways to make money and stay alive. Kim Ki-taek, his son Ki-woo, his wife Chung-soo, and his daughter Ki-jeung soon find themselves infiltrating the life of the rich Park family, with all four of them working different jobs for the family. That is when the chaos and deception completely turn the film into one of the most psychologically thrilling works of the decade.
The movie is visually stunning, creating constant tension and suspense with almost every shot, coupled with an incredibly talented cast, Parasite has it all.
The Kim family could be seen as deceptive villains in any other film, but their relatability makes them extremely lovable and easy to cheer on in their efforts to survive off the Park family’s wealth. I find myself extremely attached to the character of Ki-taek, the Kim family’s patriarch, as he has a very intriguing and well-rounded story, along with providing the fuel for the final stretch at the end of the film.
In the middle of the film, a major plot twist occurs. It’s one like no other, and that’s all I’ll say about it.
During this movie, you are persuaded to really and truly assess your place in the world, consulting the realities of your status and class– your wealth and the possible effects on others. It’s honestly a scary thought process, and one that’s sure to have a major impact on the watcher.
Parasite defies the limits of genre, compiling drama, thriller, comedy, and suspense into 132 minutes. It’s well worth the watch.