Updated: Aug 27, 2020
South Korean Director Bong Joon-Ho’s new social satire offered the world another chance for some introspection
The destitute Kim family is just another ordinary family abandoned by society, while the wealthy park family is also just another ordinary family enjoying the delight of wealth. Craving to climb up the social ladder, a meticulous while improvised plan by the Kim family is lurking in the dark, gradually floating out of the water.
Director Bong Joon-Ho is a social issue and dark humor specialist. His past works have reflected multiple current occurring social issues in Korea and Parasite is no exception. Leading actor Song Kang-Ho is also a global phenomenon, he worked closely with Bong for a lengthy period of time and in fact, Song agreed to take the leading role in the movie before the screenplay was written. With this level of trust, we can surely foresee the synergy in this performance.
‘Parasite’ evoked plenty of introspections into our society. Whether the consistently occurring issue of the wealth gap and class discrimination or to the collapsing preservation of valuable culture. The inadequate are jammed in a vicious cycle of craving, failing, ending up in despair. Who’s fault is that? Who is it to blame? What happens when one of the most valuable cultures of humankind becomes a trifle for the rich? What happens when you were beaten a vast number of times and the overwhelming detrimental feeling drives hope right in front of you to seem pessimistic? These themes were substantially explored with scrupulous attention on symbolism, unconventional approach to screenwriting, superb venture in editing and cinematography techniques and unprecedented commitment in set design.
After all, who, is the real parasite?