Director: BONG JOON HO
132 mins, South Korea, 2019, Digital, Subtitled
This film screened on the 3rd of February 2020.
This preview screening will be followed by a satellite Q&A with writer/director Bong Joon ho.
Inveterate grafter Kim Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) and his family are penniless and unemployed; cramped into a tiny, bug-infested semi-basement apartment in a dilapidated neighbourhood, they subsist on a meagre stipend earned by folding pizza boxes. Opportunity knocks when his teenage son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) is hired to be the private English tutor for Da-hye, the daughter of Mr Park, a wealthy corporate CEO who lives in a vast, gleaming modernist house with his somewhat distracted wife and spoiled son. The meeting of these two families will have unexpected and devastating consequences for all.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Parasite confounds expectations, beginning as a knockabout farce before delving into much darker territory. An excoriating, pitch-black comedy that lays bare the inequalities of Southern Korean society with a gleeful sense of mischief.
(Notes by David O’Mahony)