Parasite (R) Release Date: January 24th, 2020
Runtime: 2 hr. 13 min.
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Suspense/Thriller
Starring: Song Kang Ho, Chang Hyae Jin, Choi Woo Sik, Park So Dam
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide indispensable luxury services while the Parks give the Kims a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims' newfound comfort.Parasite


BEST Picture, Director, Foreign Film, Screenplay New York Times Critics Pick

"Bong Joon Ho’s darkly funny thriller “Parasite” made history at the Screen Actors Guild awards (taking the top prize for best cast in a motion picture. It’s the first time that award has gone to a film not in the English language, and an even more remarkable feat given that none of the movie’s individual actors were nominated. When cast members came out earlier in the show to present their movie, they were greeted with a standing ovation. “I will never forget this beautiful night,” the actor Song Kang Ho said." ) and for a history-making Oscar for Best Picture and Best International film. No foreign language movie has ever taken Best Picture before.

When AO Scott (NY Times) was asked why it won (given that 1917) was the favorite, AO Scott responded roughly, “The Academy voters obviously felt what many movie-goers felt, what he and other critics felt that the simple answer is that it is the Best Movie, period. It is a flawless piece of craft, great story-telling with a surprising and suspenseful story that tackles some important and painful social issues without preaching to make you feel bad.” The gleeful shock and cheer upon its announcement as best picture; a cheer that brought the audience to rise to their feet too was history making.