Parasite, dir. Bong Joon-ho, South Korea 2019, 132 min., Korean with English subtitles, 15
Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer, Okja) returns with a dark comedy about wealth, greed and class discrimination.
Kim Ki-teak’s family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the wealthy Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one, they gradually infiltrate the Park’s opulent home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle.
Tense and unsettling, Parasite offers an ingenious commentary on class division in modern Korea.
Parasite was the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and is the first South Korean movie to win Best Picture and Best International Film at the Academy Awards.