Irish Film Institute -PARASITE


Director: BONG JOON HO

132 mins, South Korea, 2019, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released on the 7th of February 2020, and is no longer screening.

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film; Winner of two BAFTAs; Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, Best Director (Bong Joon Ho), Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay (Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won).

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. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and four Oscars (including Best Picture), 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

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