8.6/10
512,606
2,847 user 558 critic

Parasite (2019)

Gisaengchung (original title)
Trailer
2:03 | Trailer
Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (story by), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Popularity
52 ( 15)
Top Rated Movies #30 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 278 wins & 254 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Song Kang-Ho ... Ki Taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Dong Ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Yeon Kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Ki Woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Ki Jung (as Park So Dam)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon Gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
Jang Hye-Jin ... Chung Sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun Se (as Park Myeong Hoon)
Ji-so Jung ... Da Hye (as Jung Ziso)
Jung Hyun-jun ... Da Song (as Jung Hyeon Jun)
Keun-rok Park ... Driver Yoon (as Park Keun Rok)
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place (as Jeung Esuh)
Jo Jae-Myeong Jo Jae-Myeong ... CEO's Brother of Pizza Place
Ik-han Jung ... Neighbor (as Jung Ik Han)
Kyu-Baek Kim Kyu-Baek Kim ... Drunk Person 1
Edit

Storyline

The Kims - mother and father Chung-sook and Ki-taek, and their young adult offspring, son Ki-woo and daughter Ki-jung - are a poor family living in a shabby and cramped half basement apartment in a busy lower working class commercial district of Seoul. Without even knowing it, they, especially Mr. and Mrs. Kim, literally smell of poverty. Often as a collective, they perpetrate minor scams to get by, and even when they have jobs, they do the minimum work required. Ki-woo is the one who has dreams of getting out of poverty by one day going to university. Despite not having that university education, Ki-woo is chosen by his university student friend Min, who is leaving to go to school, to take over his tutoring job to Park Da-hye, who Min plans to date once he returns to Seoul and she herself is in university. The Parks are a wealthy family who for four years have lived in their modernistic house designed by and the former residence of famed architect Namgoong. While Mr. and Mrs. Park ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Invading your cinemas. (UK poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Italian actor/singer Gianni Morandi commented in an interview that he was overjoyed that the movie featuring his performance of the song "In Ginocchio Da Te" ("On My Knees Before You") won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Morandi called the film "exceptional" and director Bong Joon Ho "a genius". He also praised legendary Ennio Morricone, who did not compose the piece (its authors were Migliacci and Zambrini) but was responsible for its musical arrangement. See more »

Goofs

The "servant family" gets out with their phones in their pocket and go to their home completely drenched in rain, then into almost neck-deep water. Yet, despite this, the next morning their phones keep working just fine as they all receive calls from the rich family. on those phones. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kim Ki-woo: Dad, today I made a plan - a fundamental plan. I'm going to earn money, a lot of it. University, a career, marriage, those are all fine, but first I'll earn money. When I have money, I'll buy the house. On the day we move in, Mom and I will be in the yard. Because the sunshine is so nice there. All you'll need to do is walk up the stairs. Take care until then. So long.
See more »

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 »


Soundtracks

A Glass of Soju
Lyrics by Bong Joon Ho
Arranged by Jaeil Jung (as Jung Jae Il)
Performed by Woo-sik Choi (as Choi Woo Shik)
See more »

User Reviews

 
A cordial invitation to welcome this Parasite gem in the 21st century full of remakes and reboots.
9 August 2019 | by tomholland2016See all my reviews

Following the step of Get Out, it is a powerful film that comprises of metaphors and allegories which need you to think beyond a certain level as they are manifested throughout. No worries, you will understand the film even if you fail to unlock the codes unlike Mother! & Us.

Parasite welcomes the audience into multi-genres and tonal shifts that mix and take its turn after every act. Pure comedy, dark comedy to heavy dramas, horror, thriller, mystery, you name it. The director, Bong Joon-Ho wonderfully converts them smoothly without letting the audience feels bizarre of the transformation.

With merely 10 characters into play, Parasite brilliantly executes layer after layer of interesting character developments which progresses the plot forward to ultimately produce a comprehensive film.

Parasite professionally handles cinematic tricks to synchronize every possible element for the greater good such as excellent use of cinematography techniques with superb artistic values, information-packed dialogues, lavish architecture production designs & vibrant colours.

Quite certain scenes feel a little too long and weary. If they can cut short and add new scenes instead, the pacing will be better and more entertaining.

Majestic musical set pieces is utilized in the background to help produce a richer tone to the distinct elements.

The suspenseful moments would have you at the edge of your seat without noticing until the point you recall your experience inside the hall.

Verdict: A strongly crafted masterpiece film on social themes and satire that finds its place in audience's heart.

In short, it is one of those episodes of Black Mirror.


192 of 346 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2,847 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parasite See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$53,369,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$258,537,127
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed