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Parasite (2019)

Gisaengchung (original title)
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All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

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Bong Joon Ho

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Bong Joon-Ho Describes the Origin of 'Parasite'

Bong Joon-Ho says the idea for Parasite had been in his brain for a while, and lead actor Song Kang-Ho shares how they have developed a friendship and trust over the last 20 years.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Kim Ki-taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Park Dong-ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Park Yeon-kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Kim Ki-woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Kim Ki-jung (as Park So Dam)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon-gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
Hye-jin Jang ... Kim Chung-sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
Ji-hye Lee ... Singer
Ji-so Jung ... Park Da-hye (as Jung Ziso)
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun-se
Seo-joon Park ... Min
Keun-rok Park ... Yoon
Seong-Bong Ahn Seong-Bong Ahn ... Man Provoking Quarrel
Kang Echae Kang Echae ... Special Guest
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place
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Storyline

Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-taek, and his equally unambitious family--his supportive wife, Chung-sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo--occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an insidiously subtle scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite? Written by Nick Riganas

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Misplaced familyhood (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parasite See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$28,489,865

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,350,316
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In order to keep the film's twists under wraps, not a single frame of footage was pulled from the film's second half in any of its marketing materials or trailers. See more »

Goofs

Crank in basement to open door. Man could have let himself out. See more »

Quotes

Ki-taek: [to his son] You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeeping together on the floor. So, there's no need for a plan. You can't go wrong with no plans. We don't need to make a plan for anything. It doesn't matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?
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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Gérard Depardieu/Dzhizus (2020) See more »

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Rodelinda: Act 2 - Spietati, io vi glurai
Written by George Frideric Handel
Universal Music
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Whose the parasite and whose the cow?!
17 August 2019 | by dougal79See all my reviews

What an amazing film! Clearly an essay on the class divide. Writing lovable but nasty people is tough, but perfectly executed here.

They quite clearly cross the line, and when I mean "they" I mean bother the working class and the upper class. You could easily argue that "parasite" refers to one family trying to suck another family dry. Or that the upper class is draining the labour of the lower class, and expecting them to be grateful about it too! There is also something about the American Indian theme, a metaphor for dying cultural traditions which are being replaced by modernity? Nature is dog eat dog? Or is it a homage to an "idyllic" past where Native American culture was relatively classless?

Either way a must watch if you can handle subtitles!


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