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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:

Joon-ho Bong

Writers:

Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) (as Bong Joon-ho), Jin Won Han (screenplay)
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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
Sun-kyun Lee ... Park Dong-ik
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Park Yeon-kyo
Woo-sik Choi ... Kim Ki-woo
Hye-jin Jang ... Kim Chung-sook (as Hyae Jin Chang)
So-dam Park ... Kim Ki-jung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kang Echae Kang Echae ... Special Guest
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place
Andreas Fronk ... German Father
Hyun-jun Jung ... Park Da-song
Ik-han Jung ... Neighbor
Ji-so Jung ... Park Da-hye (as Jung Ziso)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon-gwang
Ji-hye Lee ... Singer
Joo-hyung Lee ... Party Guy 3
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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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Misplaced familyhood (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) 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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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 May 2019 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Parasite See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,240,680
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The first all korean production film of Bong since "Mother"(2009). See more »

Quotes

Ki-taek: [to his son] You know what kind of plan that 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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Il ginnochio da te
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Social satire on steroids
2 June 2019 | by mot-stephaneSee all my reviews

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite is perfectly written, filmed, and played - a bit too much at times (did we need this Ri Chun-hee's impersonation, or was that a bonus for Western audiences?).

No spoilers, but you're forced to understand the gimchi will somehow hit the fan, to want to know, among all possible worst case scenarios, which one will prevail, and to enjoy the ever darker humor first permeating, then overflowing this over the top gem.

If this brilliant epic echoes Im Sang-soo's 'The Housemaid' & Kim Ki-duk's '3 iron', Bong remains a league of his own.


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