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Parasite (2019)

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
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April 4, 2022
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Parasite: A Para-Sight for Sore Eyes.

Bong Joon-ho, one of South Korea’s most prolific filmmakers, decided to grace the world with one of the most bizarre and fascinating movies of 2019. Parasite movie is about a poor family steadily infiltrating the household of their upper-class employers through fraud, by pretending to be more qualified, educated, and prestigious than they are in order to swipe the job openings and be overpaid in doing so. Without giving away too much, hijinks ensue. Many critics are calling Parasite one of the best movies of the year. I concur. It’s very hard to review this movie without spoiling it, so if you wish to avoid that, just skip to the final paragraph. I went into Parasite completely blind. I only knew the director, Bong Joon-ho, the poster, and the title. I was expecting a horror movie. In fact, I was so convinced that it was a horror movie, that halfway through the film when a massive revelation involving the family’s housemaid is revealed, I fully expected it to turn into a horror film at that point. I was completely unable to predict what was happening in this movie, and that mystery is something that most movies and TV shows try to create, but few succeed in doing so. Subverting expectations and executing twists and turns effectively is certainly an art. I think Bong Joon-ho deserves credit for being consistent at keeping his audience on his toes in his films and for juggling atmospheric twists exceedingly well. And boy, does Parasite take you on a roller coaster of “That was funny!” to “What the hell did I just watch?” in the best way possible. If you’re a fan of heist films, dark comedies, or both, Parasite easily is in the upper tier of both genres. If you’re a fan of Bong Joon-ho, this might be his best-directed film thus far. If you’re a fan of Song Kang-ho, this is one of his best performances. If you’re a fan of good cinema, Parasite is certainly a good movie. How do I even begin to discuss this film without babbling incoherently? As I said,
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Parasite and Capitalism: What the Film Says About the Pursuit of Wealth

Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite (2019) became one of the few international films to break into the American mainstream. It received rave reviews from critics, earned 53 million dollars in the United States, and went on to win 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Film. It is also the first international film to ever win Best Picture. There are very few international films that transcend the niche groups of cinephiles who appreciate foreign cinema, and are embraced by the general American audience. With Parasite now on Hulu, I showed it to my sister: someone who is self-professed to not like movies. My sister came away saying she loved it and was completely invested in it. For someone who has never seen a foreign language film, she said it may as well have been in English, as she was so immersed in it that she forgot she was even reading subtitles. Why does Parasite resonate with American audiences? What is it about this film that captures people’s interests? It may be the twists and turns it takes, not only changing drastically in the narrative but also in tone. It may be the conflicting feelings you have for the family; recognizing their actions are horrible but secretly hoping they get away with it. It may be that it is simply a really good movie, and one that a lot of people simply enjoy. However, I think it’s more than that. There’s a special connection American audiences have with Parasite. While taking place in a foreign country, it is still very relatable. It speaks to our societal structure. It speaks to the gap between the lower and upper classes. It speaks to all of our inner desires for wealth and respect. Parasite speaks to the realities of a Capitalistic society, and Americans know full well what life is like under Capitalism. Capitalism pits different classes of people against each other. The work of the lower class feeds the profits of the upper class, and the profits of the upper class feed the lower class. It’s a system that requires co-dependency, not unlike a parasite and its host. What question
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All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

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Genre:Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Directed By:Bong Joon-ho
Written By:Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
In Theaters:11/1/2019
Box Office:$257,591,776
Runtime:133 minutes
Studio:Barunson E&A, CJ Entertainment

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