Parasite, dir. Bong Joon-ho, South Korea 2019, 132 min., Korean with English subtitles, 15
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer, Okja) returns with a black 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.