“I’m Deadly Serious,” You Must See “Parasite”

If Bong Joon-Ho doesn't win an Oscar for "Parasite", I'm not sure what will.

November 14, 2019

99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

English Promotional movie poster for Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite”.

4/4 by the Washington Post.

Bong Joon-Ho’s dark-comedy film, Parasite, hit American theaters nearly a month ago and has continued to gain traction.

When “Parasite” won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, being the first South Korean movie to do so, I was quite shocked and knew that I had to see the film.

The Korean film stars top Korean actors Lee Sun-Gyun, Choi Woo-Sik, Song Kang-Ho, Cho Yeo-Jeong, and Park So-Dam.

If you plan on watching the rated-R film, I highly suggest that you walk in without knowing what it’s about.

The story follows two completely opposite families – a rich and a poor family. The poor family works side jobs in order to survive the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Ki-Woo, played by Choi Woo-Sik, is a brilliant college-aged kid that picks up a tutoring job after his friend decides to study abroad. Learning that he can make a great amount of money tutoring a rich kid (played by Jung Ji-Ho), he meets her younger brother and discovers that he enjoys art. The story begins to take a dark turn when Ki-Woo’s sister, Ki-Jung (played by Park So-Dam), begins to tutor the younger brother.

Seeing as how both Ki-Woo and Ki-Jung were able to lie to the family about being nearly strangers, they begin to slowly take the family down. Their personal driver is soon replaced by their father, played by Song Kang-Ho, and the maid is replaced by his wife, Choong Sook, played by Jang Hye-Jin.

The family seems to be doing well and enjoys having a nice income. Having to play it off as not being related to any of each other proved to be difficult for them.

Although the film is in complete Korean with few English phrases, following along with subtitles was easy. When I entered the Ruth Sokolof theater in downtown, I was quite surprised to see a packed room when I entered with my ticket. The audience behind me seemed to enjoy all of the smart remarks and jokes that were made throughout the film.

The film is playing in select theaters.

Watch the official trailer for “Parasite” below!

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