Parasite (2019)

(Last Updated On: November 18, 2020)



Title: Parasite

Year: 2019

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Thriller |

Runtime: 132 min

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo a

imdb 8,6/10


All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.




With subtle filmmaking, you can achieve more than those that push the story right in your face. Parasite, a thriller-drama-comedy, masterfully directed by Bong Joon Ho chronicles the story of a lower-middle-class family in South Korea and the conning towards a higher upper-class family. The entangling this family has started with their son gets an opportunity to tutor a rich family daughter at home. Then the family continues to get jobs posing unrelated, at this family. While working for this family, secrets are unveiled and complicate their lives unexpectedly.

With a cast of Kang-ho Song, Sun-Kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo who provides for the larger roles in the movie, gives a stellar performance and gives the family motives by the end a larger impact, mostly because they become the family, the Park family. The performance of Kang-ho Song, who plays the father of Park Family, is really good but the writing of Parasite a.k.a. Gisaengchung is the greater piece of this feature film.

They all have a motive for the behaviour depicted in the movie and the events that occur showcase how prolonged we’ve waited for a story like this. The overall plot is simple but there are dynamic and relationships that makes the this even more interesting. Unexpected events and familiar traits make this movie of black comedy worth watching. The directing as well from Bong Joon Ho is good enough where he uses visual tools to be enhancing his way of storytelling, where the imagery also speak through the film in a justified sense.  There is violence in the third act but there ain’t so much blood as it could’ve been. The violence is merely quick and soft compared to other films in horror released in 2019. It’s thrilling to follow family besides the beginning, where the story stomps a little bit.

The movie itself feels honest as it also questioning social issues and the difference between the social status in foreign countries and poor climate. As it’s entertaining and fresh with a South Korean film that speaks to the English-spoken audience, it delivers its message rightful through and gives the story a deeper meaning. Something that I really appreciate with a movie of this caliber. It knows what it can and how to deliver it.  Hopefully, it gets the Golden Globes awards it deserves on Sunday, January 6th, 2020.





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