Parasite (Korean: 기생충; RR: Gisaengchung) is a 2019 South Korean black comedy social thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun and follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.
Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2019, where it became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. It was then released in South Korea by CJ Entertainment on 30 May 2019.
The film received nearly unanimous critical acclaim and is considered by many critics to be the best film of 2019 and one of the best of the 2010s. It grossed over $266 million worldwide on a production budget of about $11 million, becoming the highest-grossing South Korean film. Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first non-English film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.[note 1] It was also the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, and the first film since 1955’s Marty (and third film overall) to win both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Picture. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and became the first film not in English to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. At the 56th Grand Bell Awards, Parasite earned a leading 11 nominations with 5 awards (the most for the show) to its name.
- Song Kang-ho as Kim Ki-taek
- Lee Sun-kyun as Park Dong-ik
- Cho Yeo-jeong as Choi Yeon-gyo
- Choi Woo-shik as Kim Ki-woo
- Park So-dam as Kim Ki-jung
- Lee Jung-eun as Gook Moon-gwang
- Jang Hye-jin as Chung-sook
- Park Myung-hoon as Oh Geun-sae
- Jung Ji-so as Park Da-hye
- Jung Hyeon-jun as Park Da-song
- Park Geun-rok as Yoon
- Park Seo-joon as Min-hyuk
|Directed by||Bong Joon-ho|
|Produced by||Kwak Sin-aeMoon Yang-kwonBong Joon-hoJang Young-hwan|
|Screenplay by||Bong Joon-hoHan Jin-won|
|Story by||Bong Joon-ho|
|Starring||Song Kang-hoLee Sun-kyunCho Yeo-jeongChoi Woo-shikPark So-damLee Jung-eunJang Hye-jin|
|Music by||Jung Jae-il|
|Edited by||Yang Jin-mo|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Release date||21 May 2019 (Cannes)30 May 2019 (South Korea)|
|Running time||132 minutes|
|Box office||$266 million|
Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.
The Kim family—father Ki-taek, mother Chung-sook, daughter Ki-jung and son Ki-woo—live in a small semi-basement apartment (banjiha), have low-paying temporary jobs as pizza box folders, and struggle to make ends meet. University student Min-hyuk, a friend of Ki-woo’s, gives the family a scholar’s rock meant to promise wealth. Leaving to study abroad, he suggests that Ki-woo take over his job as an English tutor for the daughter of the wealthy Park family, Da-hye. Ki-woo poses as a university student and is hired by the Parks, who call him “Kevin”.