PARASITE (K-movie 2019)

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Ki-Taek (Song Kang-Ho) is poor and unemployed. He lives with his wife Choong-Sook (Jang Hye-Jin), son Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-Sik) and daughter Ki-Jung (Park So-Dam) in a damp, insect-infested semi-basement apartment in a low-income area of Seoul. When Ki-Woo takes his friend (Park Seo-Joon) to a nearby convenience store for drinks, he learns that his friend (who is going to study abroad) is leaving behind a good-paying private tutoring job. His friend wants Ki-Woo to take over the tutoring job while he is abroad. Soon, Ki-Woo enters the life of the wealthy Park family, with Ki-Woo’s own family lurking in the periphery.

Parasite is a thought-provoking movie. It has an unpredictable plot and a brilliant twist that you could never guess.

We might be thinking it’s just a ride of social inequality, a portrayed contrasted between the poor and the rich, but there was more on the surface level, more than to fathom the struggle of life. This movie showcase dishonesty, greed, metaphors and different notions of messages.

I like the characters in this movie, the story is focused on each of their roles. The performances are amazing and truly plausible. The cinematography is extremely well done. I love the Park’s family house, Kim’s family apartment flooded with sewage water driven by the rain scene, and even the secret basement.

Parasite is truly a work of art because of the weird and unique way of defying us to judge who is the real parasite in this movie. The moral compass of the characters directly telling us how much blood of class rage we have to spread in the name of survival.

This must be on your list.

Verdict: 10/10

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