Bong Joon-Ho (MEMORIES OF MURDER, THE HOST, MOTHER, OKJA) brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale, the unanimous winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2019.
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.
“What started out as a comedy of manners has become a furious snarl of rage and Bong’s most arresting social satire yet.” – Bob Mondello, NPR
“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