Parasite

Palme d'Or Winner!

Director: 
Bong Joon Ho
Year: 
2019
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
132 mins
Cast: 
Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park
In Korean with English Subtitles

Bong Joon Ho ("Snowpiercer") brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

‪“The best film of the year is also the funniest and most thrilling." - The Atlantic‬

"A flat out masterpiece." - Deadline Hollywood

#Parasite is "pure diabolical fun" - The A.V. Club

"Explosive filmmaking on every level." - Rolling Stone

#Parasite is "one of the most remarkable films to hit the big screen in years." - The Wall Street Journal

"The best film I've seen this year." - San Francisco Chronicle.

"'Parasite' becomes a social satire of almost breathless audacity, a three-dimensional chess game of Darwinian one-upmanship that is by turns hilarious, terrifying, and brutal." - Boston Globe

"Like Jordan Peele’s 'Get Out,' Bong’s Parasite expresses consequential ideas that matter to the filmmaker about the way we live today, and the prejudice and malice we create for ourselves and others. The best social satires, like this one, dwell in the underworld where the sinister, the sobering and the bitterly funny swirl in the same stream of consciousness." - Chicago Tribune

"'Parasite' won the top prize at Cannes, and it’s South Korea’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. There are good reasons why it’s poised to resonate worldwide. It tells a story you could probably follow without subtitles, or any dialogue at all: the faces of these actors show with piercing clarity how it feels to be outsiders in a world of wealth and privilege." - Time 

"The story begins as a social satire of rich and poor, as witty and sophisticated in its fashion as vintage Preston Sturges or Ernst Lubitsch. Remarkably, though, it gets funnier as it grows more serious, then savagely funny and finally…but we mustn’t get ahead of a movie that stays ahead of its audience every frame of the way." - Wall Street Journal

"'Parasite' is an unpredictable, thought-provoking masterpiece about inequality." - Vox

"An exhilarating and furious indictment of class struggle, 'Parasite' might be the masterpiece South Korea's Bong Joon-ho has been working toward his entire career." - The Globe and the Mail

"[A] furious and fiendishly well-crafted new film. ... Giddy one moment, unbearably tense the next, and always so entertaining and fine-tuned that you don’t even notice when it’s changing gears, 'Parasite' takes all of the beats you expect to find in a Bong film and shrinks them down with clockwork precision." - Indiewire