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Parasite(기생충)

The Kim family -- father, mother, daughter and son -- live in a semi-basement apartment and have only temporary low-income jobs as they battle poverty until an opportunity to scheme their way into the employ of a wealthy family is presented to them, which they exploit.
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Lily Bradfield Profile picture for Lily Bradfield

This film is a piece of narrative art—the way the characters grow and turn is incredible. The pace is perfect, almost like a piece of classical music that builds and builds to the perfect crescendo.

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

I completely agree that the pace of this film is perfect, and it does have a distinct rhythm that feels as if it can only be achieved by a master of cinema such as Bong Joon-ho. I'm equally in awe of the tone if this film, which reminds me of the delicate balance of consequence and humor in "The Host". As always, the world of this story is rich with detail and the entire cast delivers pitch-perfect performances.

Asia Cureton Profile picture for Asia Cureton

This film is brilliant! The score, the performances, the cinematography -- all masterfully done!. Not only is it a cinematic masterpiece, but the symbolism and themes makes its a purely enjoyable movie-watching experience. It's an important look at classism and wealth inequality, and truly one of the most unforgettable films of 2019.

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TheWrap by Ben Croll

Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture, which takes bold leaps between tenors and tone, but holds together beautifully thanks to the director’s unparalleled visual/spatial sophistication, and his unsparing social indictment.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

[A] furious and fiendishly well-crafted new film. ... Giddy one moment, unbearably tense the next, and always so entertaining and fine-tuned that you don’t even notice when it’s changing gears, “Parasite” takes all of the beats you expect to find in a Bong film and shrinks them down with clockwork precision.
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Variety by Jessica Kiang

Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so 2019: Parasite is a tick fat with the bitter blood of class rage.
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Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Parasite is a malign delight from start to finish, with a Machiavellian sense of mischief and a cinematic brio that shows Bong revelling in his Hitchcockian control of somewhat Buñuelian material.
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Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

Parasite begins in exhilaration and ends in devastation, but the triumph of the movie is that it fully lives and breathes at every moment, even when you might find yourself struggling to exhale.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

Like much of Bong’s work, Parasite is cumbersomely plotted and heavy-handed in its social commentary. The largely naturalistic treatment here may also alienate some of his fantasy fanboy constituency. That said, this prickly contemporary drama still feels more coherent and tonally assured than Snowpiercer or Okja, and packs a timely punch that will resonate in our financially tough, politically polarized times.

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