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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Critic Reviews for Parasite (Gisaengchung)

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  • If the movie is a Rorschach of who you identify as parasite and host, it's a test you're just as likely to fail; a filmgoing experience that refuses to fit into any box, and forces viewers to breathe the dangerous air outside of it too.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Let's just say that by "Parasite's" conclusion, what started out as a comedy of manners has become a furious snarl of rage and his most arresting social satire yet.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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  • It isn't an easy ride, and as with life in the non-metaphorical world, the destination is uncertain. You'll see strange and wonderful things along the way.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a fitting movie for our times, and Joon-ho delivers with uncompromising clarity and vision. See it before the inevitable American remake sands down all its razor sharp edges.

    Nov 3, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Just as many of the director's previous efforts have defied pigeonholing, Parasite delights in ping-ponging from one genre to another, defying expectations along the way.

    Nov 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a nearly perfect film, from Bong's masterful use of framing and visual language and control of a wildly shifting tone to the performances (all terrific) to the commentary on class division.

    Oct 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parasite (Gisaengchung)

  • Dec 24, 2019
    The most original film of 2019 and it is wickedly funny and darkly disturbing all at the same time. The narrative and the actors were excellent. One of the better endings of a movie in quite a while. Class warfare at its best. (12-21-19).
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2019
    Bong Joon-ho crafts an intricate look at modern-day social hierarchies with Parasite. Keeping the audience flipped on one mood then drastically changing to the other while delivering some brilliant thematic elements, this film is clever, humorous, dramatic and every other kind of emotions that's an outstanding way to close the year and decade in films. 4.53/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2019
    This movie is good from beginning to end, despite how out of hand it gets. The ridiculousness gets amped up with every act, but the humor and intrigue remain constant. The screenplay is very good, and the acting jobs are great, particularly by Song Kang Ho. A very enjoyable film from the first moment until the last.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2019
    Parasite is a twisty, energetic ride at the movies, balancing a light-heartedness with thriller-like tension. Aside from its enjoyability as a film - largely due to its superb cast and writing - Parasite makes a visually stunning statement on class and society in the modern age. It's not always perfect, and may stretch itself to wild extremes, but it's a cinematic experience you'll want to come back to again and again, and one of 2019's definite must-sees.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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