DVD | Comedy | 05 Feb 2020
DVD | Comedy | 05 Feb 2020
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Ki-taek's family of four is close, but all are unemployed and the future looks bleak. However, when the son, Ki-woo is recommended by a fellow university student friend for a well-paid tutoring job, hope spawns for a regular income. Carrying the expectations of the family, Ki-woo arrives at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, where he meets Yeon-kyo, the young lady of the house. The job interview is a success and soon Ki-woo begins work. But very soon, following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait Winner of the Palme dOr (Best Film award) at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sydney Film festival Official Competition the first ever for a Korean film this family tragicomedy is the latest masterpiece from Bong Joon-Ho, the director of The Host and Snowpiercer. PARASITE confirms his position as one of the worlds most inventive and captivating filmmakers.
Review of Parasite by Eddie @ The Movie Guys
Over the course of well-regarded and unique films such as The Host, the under-appreciated Snowpiercer and the crazy Netflix distributed Okja, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho has established himself as one of the most noteworthy foreign directors of the last few decades.
Following on with his ability to mix and match genres with an ever-present dark vein of humor seeping through his narratives veins, Ho has hit it big with the surprise 2019 hit Parasite, that now sits pretty in the IMDB Top 50 films of all-time and stands head and shoulders above other foreign films from 2019 in regards to box-office takings off a small scale budget of a couple of million dollars.
Incomparable to any other film you could think of, Parasite is a very original beast, that believe it or not combines drama, comedy, thriller and even moments of horror to ensure that its many twists and turns and social commentary co-inhabit to create an entirely unpredictable experience that is best watched with as little pre-understanding as possible.
Centered around the below the poverty line Kim family and their new employment in the household of the wealthy Park family, Parasite allows Ho to weave together a loaded plot-line that may seemingly be headed one way, only to surprise us all as it veers further and further away from the expected.
Wonderfully played out by its core cast, with highlights from Kang-ho Song as father Ki-taek and Hye-jin Jang as mother Chung-sook, Parasite is the type of unnerving film that keeps you mentally on edge throughout as you’re glued to the screen, unable to turn away from a disaster in the making that must surely be headed towards a finale as wild as we would expect from a director like Ho.
As you watch the expertly directed, edited and scored film, one that has you laughing one minute and gasping for air the next, you begin to appreciate that you’re watching a director operating at the top of their game, in what’s still likely a career only around its halfway mark, it’s exciting to think of where Ho and his inventive mind can go in the future as he continues to give us films that seem to be cut entirely from their own cloths.
In an age where many films are nothing but pale imitations, remakes or sequels, its exciting to see efforts such as Parasite that give us something new, fresh and exhilarating, no doubt a reason why the word of mouth from cinema-goers helped make Parasite a world-wide smash hit and a genuine Best Picture contender at the upcoming Oscars.
Final Say –
While not flawless, Parasite isn’t far off it, a darkly observed social commentary piece that is both heartbreaking and brilliantly humorous, Bong Joon Ho has further established himself as one of the in-form directors working today with what could well be his most important film yet.
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Review of Parasite by Peter Walkden
The Kims are a family of creative con artists. The Kims family always work well together, finding ways to get by in life. This includes talking their way through business deals, getting free fumigation, or even gaining free WIFI for the home. Soon one of the Kims family members finds his way into working as a servant for a rich and wealthy family, pretending to be a professional tutor. Soon he scams the way for other family members to work for the same household.
From the start of the film, the characters in the Kims family are a delight to watch. Not only is it somewhat humorous to see them scamming their way through life, but they are also characters with whom you can sympathise regarding their lifestyle etc. Even when the Kims do wrong things to get by, as audience members, you find yourself still supporting them due to very clever film making.
For the sake of spoilers, I will not speak any further into the plot of this film. Openly, I will admit that there is nothing predictable about Parasite in terms of its plot. It also didn’t take long for me to get heavily invested in this film. In a way, this film is about two families- the Kims and their rich employers. The film itself is enjoyable, and I loved all the surprises and twists along the way. It was a truly unexpected experience for me personally.
There is a unique tone within the film, at times creating comedy and other times tense and dramatic moments. The filming style and visuals play a large part in the film’s results (so be sure to pay attention to details from start to finish). The sets used in this film are amazing, particularly when it comes to the home of the wealthy. It’s evident that the cast and crew has paid a great deal of attention in all areas, and it is simply stunning to watch visually. It is also obvious that the director pays attention to detail. After my 1st viewing, I researched the “making of” Parasite, and it is impressive hearing about the great lengths the director went to in making sets look exactly the way he desired. I also cannot fault any performances from the cast- they are flawless and believable at every point during the film’s duration. Speaking of flawless, I felt the same way about the soundtrack, which also compliments everything shown on screen.
Overall, Parasite is a movie that gives movie lovers something new and fresh. It is truly unlike anything I have ever seen in film before, and the film kept my attention for the full duration. Set designs, performances, soundtrack, and filming style are consistent and flawless. Nothing in this film is predictable, and the end left me feeling very satisfied with what I had witnessed- it is still on my mind even as I write this review. If you’ve yet to see this Oscar-winning film, it is truly worth your time, and you will not regret it.
Peter has written this review for Sanity. You can see more from Peter here
Release Date: 05 Feb 2020
Actor(s): Kang-Ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, Hye-jin Jang, So-dam Park, Kang Echae, Jeong Esuz, Andreas Fronk, Hyun-jun Jung, Ik-han Jung, Ji-so Jung, Jeong-eun Lee, Ji-hye Lee, Joo-hyung Lee
Catalogue No: MMA6430
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 131
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: Korean, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Strong Violence
Director(s): Joon-Ho Bong
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller