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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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      Han Jin Won (screenplay), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay) (as Bong Joon-ho)
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      Keun-rok Park ... Yoon
      Seong-Bong Ahn Seong-Bong Ahn ... Man provoking quarrel
      Kang Echae Kang Echae ... Special Guest
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      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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      Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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      Korean | English

      Release Date:

      27 June 2019 (Hong Kong) See more »

      Also Known As:

      Jishengchong See more »


      Box Office

      Opening Weekend USA:

      $393,216, 13 October 2019

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      Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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      Technical Specs


      Sound Mix:

      Dolby Atmos



      Aspect Ratio:

      2.39 : 1
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      Ki-woo's job, at-home tutor, was chosen because director Bong Joon Ho realized that sadly the job is the only way that families from two extreme ends of the class spectrum in modern-day South Korea can cross their paths convincingly in the story arc. See more »


      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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      A cordial invitation to welcome this Parasite gem in the 21st century full of remakes and reboots.
      9 August 2019 | by tomholland2016See all my reviews

      Following the step of Get Out, it is a powerful film that comprises of metaphors and allegories which need you to think beyond a certain level as they are manifested throughout. No worries, you will understand the film even if you fail to unlock the codes unlike Mother! & Us.

      Parasite welcomes the audience into multi-genres and tonal shifts that mix and take its turn after every act. Pure comedy, dark comedy to heavy dramas, horror, thriller, mystery, you name it. The director, Bong Joon-Ho wonderfully converts them smoothly without letting the audience feels bizarre of the transformation.

      With merely 10 characters into play, Parasite brilliantly executes layer after layer of interesting character developments which progresses the plot forward to ultimately produce a comprehensive film.

      Parasite professionally handles cinematic tricks to synchronize every possible element for the greater good such as excellent use of cinematography techniques with superb artistic values, information-packed dialogues, lavish architecture production designs & vibrant colours.

      Quite certain scenes feel a little too long and weary. If they can cut short and add new scenes instead, the pacing will be better and more entertaining.

      Majestic musical set pieces is utilized in the background to help produce a richer tone to the distinct elements.

      The suspenseful moments would have you at the edge of your seat without noticing until the point you recall your experience inside the hall.

      Verdict: A strongly crafted masterpiece film on social themes and satire that finds its place in audience's heart.

      In short, it is one of those episodes of Black Mirror.

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