Bong Joon-Ho’s PARASITE returns after making history at the 2020 Academy Awards by being the first foreign language film to earn the award for Best Picture (and additionally, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film).
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. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
“Imagine a high-wire act where the acrobat suddenly leaps to a higher wire, then to another that’s higher still. It’s the best way I can think of to describe the giddy thrill of watching Parasite, a masterpiece of serial surprises.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“Bong has some ideas in PARASITE but the movie’s greatness isn’t a matter of his apparent ethics or ethos… but of how he delivers truths, often perversely and without an iota of self-serving cant.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times