Parasite (Gisaengchung)

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An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.



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Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. 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.


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  • Satire morphs into a savage underclass morality lesson that recalls the home invasion tales of Michael Haneke and Jordan Peele.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Parasite is unquestionably one of the best films of the year.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An exhilarating and furious indictment of class struggle, Parasite might be the masterpiece South Korea's Bong Joon-ho has been working toward his entire career.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The inspired Parasite can't precisely be labelled a comedy, a thriller, nor a socially conscious drama about the class divide in South Korea, although it contains elements of all three.

    Jun 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You expect the whole enterprise to come crashing down around his ears, but this is a film-maker in total control of his craft.

    May 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The social commentary is almost as powerful as the plot itself.

    May 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Emma Jones
    Top Critic

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