Parasite (Gisaengchung, 2019)

Swedish Sony Pictures 2019 Blu-ray edition

Yes, finally the great Bong Joon-ho had a smash and was showered with prizes all around the world. You can read more about
his films on this my humble South Korean Film Page and i still do think Bong has escaped the most unscathed of the great
South Korean directors regarding the dangerous contacts with western film industries.

Kim Je-woon made the disastrous 2008 "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" a spaghetti Mongolian western inflenced by the
infantile fluff of Tarantino, and then the awfully bad Netflix sci-fi action "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" in 2018. How could this be
the once great director who once made films like "The Quiet Family", "The Foul King" or "A Tale of Two Sisters" ?

Park Chan-wook has fared better than Kim, as he made only the crappy Hollywood movie "Stoker" in 2012, but otherwise seems
be unscathed as he made The Handmaiden in 2016 and is working on his new South Korean produced film 2021-2022 "Decision
to Leave" or "The Decision to Breakup". My hopes for Park is still high. Just watch his IPhone experimental artmovie in b&w
the 2011 "Paramanjang" or "Nightfishing" - a work of Pure Genius.

Bong Joon Ho then ? Miraculously Bong seems to be quite unscathed after contact with the nasty western filmmaking virus.
"Snowpiercer" the dystopian sci fi thriller in 2013 was only so-so because of the poor CGI used but interesting, and the 2017
Netflix produced Okja, some sort of sci-fi fantasy drama thriller was great. So Bong Joon-ho has kept his integrity and his quirky
humour also in his western projects, and after "Parasite" i hope he will not try to satisfy the Western asshole critics and his
new audience in his coming filmmaking, but as a true auteur only make the films he himself wants to see and do.

My favourite Bong Joon-ho films are 2009 "Mother", 2003 "Memories of Murder" and the 2006 creature horror "The Host".


Just as with Bong's 2017 "Okja" this film is hard to define, drama, comedy, thriller and even horror, everything in the same film.
In the underbelly of society lives the poor Kim family in a crappy below ground apartment, almost a cellar. Kim Ki-taek (Song
Kang-ho) lives there with his smart kids, his son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik), his daughter Ki-jung (Park So-dam) and his wife
Chung-sook. When Ki-woo gets a job as an english teacher to the teenage daughter of the very rich Park family he concocts
a brilliant plan: He butters up Mrs. Park (Cho Yeo-jeong) and talks her into hiring his sister to handle the youngest kid in the
Park family. They also lures the Parks to hire papa Kim as the driver and mama Kim as the new house-maid.
Like leeches they will stick to the Park family and live on them.

The film at this stage plays out like a comedy where the rich and naively gullible Park family is fooled like idiots, and where
the underclass Kim family takes their revenge on the upper classes. But, the Kim's are NOT at all likeable, they are grifters
and plot, without any hesitation so the poor old driver loses his job, and they also plot so the poor old house-maid Moon
Gwang (Lee Jung-eun) loses her job. So, no socialist heroes here, the Kim family is scum.

After the first half of the film i actually got a bit bored as the film seemed to play out as a cliche, the family succeeded with
everything they've planned and i just waited for the Kim family to replace also the Park family ....
BUT NO, at this point the film took off in a completely and delightfully new direction, Enter Again: Moon Gwang ....

The film was presented in widescreen 2.35:1 with korean audio DTS-HD MA 5.1 and with swedish subtitles, region B


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