02/11/20

Parasite Comes Home to Korea With Four Historic Wins [2020]

On February 9, Parasite bagged 4 major awards at the 92nd Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, International Feature Film and Original Screenplay.

The film became the first ever non-english movie to win the Best Picture award in the Oscar history. Bong Joon-ho, the film producer and director, won all of the three categories he was nominated for. He is also the first ever Korean director to receive the highly acclaimed Oscar nomination.

The film now also holds the title of being the first ever Korean movie to win at the Oscars. “Parasite” is also the first movie to ever win Best Picture and International Film together.

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller movie produced, directed and co-written by Bong Joon-ho. Its main stars include Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Sun-Hyun and Park So-dam.

The movie talks about the members of a poor yet united family who schemed and bluff their way into the lives of a wealthy household, posing as highly qualified individuals.

Parasite CastFour Historic Wins

The Park Family is a picture of an aspirational wealth for many. They live in an architectural home in one of the high-end subdivisions in Seoul. The head of the family, Mr. Park (played by Lee Sun-Hyun) is an aloof businessman who always make himself busy at work.

His wife, Yeon-kyo (played by Cho Yeo-jeong) is an anxious and uptight wife and always tend for their daughter and hyperactive young son’s care.

Their lifestyle always rely upon hired help, be it tutors, chauffeurs and housekeepers. The Park family’s housekeeper, Moon-gwang (played by Lee Jung-eun) stayed with their house after its original architect moved out.

Then there is the Kim family, an unemployed family living together in a stinky basement flat. The head of the family, Ki-taek, is a laidback baker married to a former track-star athlete Chung-sook (played by Chang Hyae-jin). The couple has two children.

Their son is Ki-woo (played by Choi Woo-sik) who has a low-paying temporary job and flunked the university entrance exams. Their daughter Ki-jung (played by Park So-dam), is a talented smart girl who has an ability to fraud any web-based design. The Kim family struggles to make ends meet on their day-to-day living.

Parasite Korean Movie

One day, Ki-woo’s college friend, Min-hyuk, visited the Kim family and gave them a scholar’s rock. The rock, according to Min-hyuk, promises wealth to anyone who possesses it. Min-Hulk asks Ki-woo to take over his job as an English tutor to the Park family’s daughter, Da-hye. With the help of her gifted artist sister, Ki-woo managed to have a university certificate and eventually got hired by the Park family.

Ki-woo realizes that his own family could very easily fill different roles in the Parks household. The family begin infiltrating the Park family by posing as highly qualified individuals such as a chauffeur, a tutor and they also managed to become a qualified housekeeper.

Dubbed as “one of the best movies in 2019”, “Parasite” open up about class conflict and social inequality. The film also talks about the use of connections to get ahead of something, not only for rich families but for poor families as well. The director also talks about how the film reflects modern capitalism in South Korea.

Due to the film’s recent blockbuster hit worldwide, HBO also plans to adapt a limited series based on the film. The production also shares they eye Mark Ruffalo to star in the series.