Bong Joon-ho (2019)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The gulf between rich and poor is taken imaginatively to task in this flawless and consistently surprising satire from South Korea's Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) that bagged the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. An air of mischief pervades the film, with trickery the name of the game for protagonists and director alike. When we're first introduced to the Kim family (with Chang Hyae Jin as mum and Song Kang-ho as dad) they're living out an impoverished but amiable existence in a squalid semi-basement flat. Their luck changes when their son (Woo-sik Choi) is recommended for a tutor post he's not actually qualified for, with a family who have more money than nous - sensing a golden opportunity, a breathtakingly audacious con is born. Explosions of righteous anger and further ignominy await in an eventful, enjoyably farcical narrative that alternates between nail-biting suspense and wicked wit. Parasite delights in its devious set-up, savage social commentary and offers sleek stylings and devilish details. It's a wonderfully sneaky film that, before you know it, will have worked its way right under your skin.

Cast & Crew

Ki-taek Song Kang-ho
Mr Park Lee Seon-gyun
Yeon-kyo, Mr Park's wife Jo Yeo-jeong
Ki-woo, Ki-taek's son Woo-sik Choi
Ki-jung, Ki-taek's daughter Park So-dam
Chung-sook, Ki-taek's wife Chang Hyae Jin
Director Bong Joon-ho
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Other Information

Language: KoreanColourTheatrical distributor: CurzonReleased on: 7 Feb 2020