After directing Snowpiercer and Okja, Bong Joon-ho could probably release an adult diaper commercial and we’d buy a ticket to watch it. Thankfully, Parasite is now Depends ad. It’s the newest film from one of the best directors of our time. Oh, and it’s also a Palm d’Or winner from Cannes.
With Snowpiercer, Joon-ho showed that he had an uncanny ability to tell the story of class struggle, and with Okja, he proved more than proficient when it comes to satirizing society. In a way, it looks like Parasite may be the love child of his previous works as it seeks to satirize the difference in the classes within a funny and engrossing mystery.
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery 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. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game