Parasite (2019 movie)

Parasite movie 2019 trailer, cast Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun.

February 1, 2020 by Marsha Dizon

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“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.” – Neon

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also wrote the film’s story and co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. The film stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam. It follows the members of a poor household who scheme to become employed by a much wealthier family by infiltrating the household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.

The film has grossed $161 million worldwide so far, and is Bong’s highest-grossing release and the third highest-grossing film in South Korea.

  • Starring : Song Kang-ho / Lee Sun-kyun
  • Genre : Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller
  • Country : South Korea
  • Language : Korean / English
  • Director : Bong Joon Ho
  • Production : Barunson E&A / CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics / CJ Entertainment / TMS Comics / TMS Entertainment
  • Distributor : CJ Entertainment / Madman Entertainment / MK2 Mile End / Neon / Provzglyad / September Film / The Jokers / Viva International Pictures / Alambique Destilaria de Ideias / Beijing Herui FIlm Culture / Clover Films / Curzon Artificial Eye / Filmcoopi Zürich / Filmladen / Golden Village Pictures / GSC Movies / Gutek Film / Impacto Cine / Koch Films / Les Bookmakers / La Aventura / Academy 2 / Bitters End / Cinépolis / Cuvision / Pandora Filmes / Phars Film / Seven Films / StudioCanal / Mozinet / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)

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Parasite release date

  • May 21, 2019 : France (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)
  • June 5, 2019 : France
  • June 15, 2019 : Australia (Sydney Film Festival)
  • June 21, 2019 : Singapore (preview screening)
  • June 27, 2019 : Australia (limited)
  • June 27, 2019 : Singapore
  • June 30, 2019 : Germany (Munich International Film Festival)
  • July 25, 2019 : Israel (Jerusalem Film Festival)
  • August 11, 2019 : Switzerland (Locarno Film Festival)
  • August 14, 2019 : Philippines
  • August 15, 2019 : Israel
  • August 24, 2019 : Australia (Korean Film Festival in Australia)
  • August 30, 2019 : USA (Telluride Film Festival)
  • September 6, 2019 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • September 14, 2019 : Canada (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • September 21, 2019 : Canada (Calgary Film Festival)
  • September 22, 2019 : Spain (San Sebastián Film Festival)
  • September 24, 2019 : USA (Aspen Film Festival)
  • September 26, 2019 : USA (Fantastic Fest)
  • September 27, 2019 : USA (Beyond Fest)
  • September 28, 2019 : USA (Crested Butte Film Festival)
  • October 3, 2019 : Spain (Madrid) (subtitled version) (premiere)
  • October 5, 2019 : USA (New York Film Festival)
  • October 6, 2019 : USA (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • October 6, 2019 : USA (Woodstock Film Festival)
  • October 11, 2019 : USA (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • October 11, 2019 : USA (Orcas Island Film Festival)
  • October 11, 2019 : USA (limited)
  • October 12, 2019 : Germany (Film Festival Cologne)
  • October 17, 2019 : Germany
  • October 17, 2019 : USA (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • October 18, 2019 : Canada (Toronto)
  • October 18, 2019 : USA (Alexander Valley Film Festival)
  • October 18, 2019 : USA (Heartland International Film Festival)
  • October 19, 2019 : USA (San Diego International Film Festival)
  • October 19, 2019 : USA (Vermont International Film Festival)
  • October 25, 2019 : Spain
  • October 26, 2019 : USA (Virginia Film Festival)
  • November 1, 2019 : USA (SCAD Savannah Film Festival)
  • November 8, 2019 : USA
  • December 20, 2019 : Sweden
  • December 27, 2019 : Japan (limited)
  • January 10, 2020 : Japan
  • January 16, 2020 : Saudi Arabia
  • January 31, 2020 : India
  • February 7, 2020 : UK
  • February 7, 2020 : Ireland

Parasite cast

  • Kang-ho Song as Kim Ki-taek (as Song Kang Ho)
  • Sun-kyun Lee as Park Dong-ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
  • Yeo-jeong Jo as Park Yeon-kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
  • Woo-sik Choi as Kim Ki-woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
  • So-dam Park as Kim Ki-jung (as Park So Dam)
  • Jeong-eun Lee as Moon-gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
  • Hye-jin Jang as Kim Chung-sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
  • Ji-hye Lee as Singer
  • Ji-so Jung as Park Da-hye (as Jung Ziso)
  • Myeong-hoon Park as Geun-se
  • Seo-joon Park as Min
  • Keun-rok Park as Yoon
  • Seong-Bong Ahn as Man Provoking Quarrel
  • Kang Echae as Special Guest
  • Jeong Esuz as CEO of Pizza Place

Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 21 2019, and became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or and the first film to win with a unanimous vote since 2013’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour. It was then released in South Korea and received widespread acclaim from critics, with many praising it as one of the best films of the year and one of the best of the 2010s. The film grossed US$20.7 million in its opening weekend in South Korea.

Parasite received numerous accolades, getting recognition from major award giving bodies. It received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best International Feature Film. It is the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition. The film also received four nominations at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards.

At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, Parasite bagged the Best Foreign Language Film award. It also became the first non-English film to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It is now widely considered as one of the best movies of 2010’s despite coming out at the very end of the decade.

The idea for Parasite originated way back 2013. While working on Snowpiercer, Bong was encouraged by a theater actor friend to write a play. Having been a tutor for the son of a wealthy family in Seoul in his early 20s, he considered turning his experience into a stage production. After completing Snowpiercer, Bong wrote a 15-page film treatment for the first half of Parasite. His production assistant on Snowpiercer, Han Jin-won, turned this into three different drafts of the screenplay. After finishing Okja, Bong returned to the project and finished the script and Han received credit as a co-writer.

Principal photography for Parasite took place around Seoul and in Jeonju from May 2018 to September 2018.

As of 29 January 2020, Parasite has grossed $31.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $129.9 million in other territories (including $72 million from South Korea), for a worldwide total of $161.5 million.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of a high 99% based on 368 reviews, with an average rating of 9.38/10 while On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 96 out of 100 based on 48 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.

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