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Parasite (2019)

Director:
Bong Joon-ho

ORIGINAL TITLE
기생충

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Parasitt
COUNTRY
South Korea
GENRE
Dark Comedy/Thriller
RUNNING TIME
132 minutes
Producer:
Kwak Sin-ae
Moon Yang-kwon
Bong Joon-ho
Jang Young-hwan
Screenwriter:
Bong Joon-ho
Han Jin-won


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Kim Ki-taek Song Kang-ho
Kim Ki-woo Choi Woo-shik
Kim Ki-jeong Park So-dam
Chung-sook Chang Hyae-Jin
Park Dong-ik Lee Sun-kyun
Yeon-gyo Cho Yeo-jeong
Park Da-hye Jeong Ji-so
Park Da-song Jung Hyeon-jun
Gook Moon-gwang Lee Jung-eun
Geun-sae Park Myung-hoon

 

Review

South Korea's leading filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) shows off his flair and skill with his latest entry Parasite. It's an enormously evocative film which creates (and leaves behind) various moods and atmospheres on its way through the inventive, but nevertheless fairly predictable plot which twists and turns in somewhat gimmickry ways. Watching Parasite for the first time is like watching a really clever movie for the second time: you know what will unfold, but you're still quite amazed by the audacity and skill of the presentation. Whether or not you enjoy Parasite on a meta-level, however, will arguably depend on to what degree you make any use of Bong Joon-ho's dab at East-Asian social classes anno 2019. These are not arguments that present themselves logically; they are offered through the absurd behaviour of the movie's two conflicting families non of whom are sympathetic, even though Mr. Bong ultimately asks us insistently to care for them.

Copyright 30.01.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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