Parasite: the history-making Korean film having become the first film to win both the best feature film and best foreign language Oscars as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA. Such accolades added to the earlier-awarded Palme d’Or at Cannes 2019 (as well as, among many others, the best film at the Sydney Film Festival). Parasite is a splendidly anarchic dark comedy about social divides and love of money.

As dirt-poor Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song – Snowpiercer, The Age of Shadows) and his family struggle to survive, an opportunity for his son, Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi – Okja, Train to Busan), to teach English at the wealthy Parks’ home leads to a scam that goes tragically wrong.

Director Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) mixes humour, slapstick, drama, gore and suspense to masterful effect in his love of sociopolitical commentaries (Snowpiercer, anyone?) ably supported by a cast that excels.

Nominated for 5 Oscars, won 3 (best film, director, foreign language film) in 2020.

Rating: 89%


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