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Parasite(기생충)

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Korea
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2019

Rated R · 2h 12m

Director Bong Joon-ho
Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller
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The Kim family lives together in a run-down semi-basement, surviving off a slew of temporary jobs. But when a job opportunity with the wealthy Park family presents itself, the Kims infiltrate the household with scheme after scheme in this black comedy thriller from Bong Joon-ho. The 2019 winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

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.

Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

PARASITE is admirable for so many things: its pace, its humor, its symbolism, even its rewatchability. This feels like a film that will always be relevant, one that has more to offer with each new viewing. Money changes everything, and this film makes that abundantly clear the second the first justified — and even playful — con turns sinister.

Minh Bui Profile picture for Minh Bui

Parasite really shows how brilliance can arise from the most minimal of approaches. The plot itself is straightforward and easy to follow-- the film acquires its sophistication from layer upon layer of metaphor and symbolism. I have watched Parasite many times, and still notice something new after every viewing. This film really never gets old.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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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.
90

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.
100

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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