PARASITE, Dir. Bong Joon-Ho, Neon, South Korea, 131 min. 2019
Bong Joon-Ho proves once again why hes an undisputed master of cinema with an instant classic that takes the audience on a journey so wonderfully bizarre, its impossible not to be blown away.
When Kim Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) agrees to take over the position of English tutor for the daughter of a wealthy family from his friend Min-hyuk (Seo-joon Park), the stage is set for an epic showdown between rich and poor in a comedy so dark even the night looks bright in comparison.
Working with some of the most outstanding actors in South Koreaincluding Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, and So-dam Parkwriter-director Bong crafts a brilliantly layered world filled with outstanding gasp-out-loud moments. An intricate blend of bravura sequences and stellar character work, PARASITE is one of those films where the less you know, the better the experience; suffice it to say that the films narrative twists are only one part of this magnificent equation where class warfare meets black comedy, with the stakes deadlier than you could ever imagine.
In part zeitgeist and societal mirror of late-stage capitalism, PARASITE is one of the must-see films of the year and will remain the talking point of Beyond Fest for years to come. - Evrim Ersoy
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