Today is the second friday of the Quarantine initiated to fight up against COVID 19. Stay Home and Stay safe guys. Together we can fight this. Now time for the better picture. For this week’s Friday reviews we have a 2019, South Korean black comedy “Bong Joon – Ho’s Parasite.”
Name – PARASITE
Director – BONG JOON – HO
Category – FILM
Genre – BLACK COMEDY THRILLER
Actors – SONG KANG-HO, LEE SUN-KYUN, CHO YEO-JEONG, CHOI WOO-SHIK, PARK SO-DUM, JANG HYE-JIN, LEE JUNG-EUN
Network – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Duration – 2 hours 12 Minutes
Described by its creator as “a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains”, Parasite is a story of two families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, The story has been spun around a poor south korean family who go by the name Kims. The movie brings to light the way the family is trying to make both ends meet. Their home that is the little basement in which the family of four lives is gridlocked.
Somehow as a favour from a friend, Ki Woo manages to get a tutors job. That is when the actual set up gets into frame.The whole family con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.
Through this South Korean Black comedy, the creators have have carefully presented both sides of the picture. You get a wonderful insight into a wealthy family’s world and on the contrary how the working class fight for scraps.
Secondly it highlights how the poor undermine themselves and keep working just for the smooth functioning of the upper strata of the society. Much like the Park’s, the life of upper class people keeps on going unaffected. The Kims scheme their way into employment by posing as highly skilled workers. But not everything goes according to plan.
The basement-dwellers, who have coned the family and are lurking around in the house in their absence can easily be referred to as parasites. How ever the rich class people who need them for their household chores are also leeching off to the working class as parasites.
The movie was nominated in the Best Achievement in Film Editing category at Oscars 2020. The storytelling style of Parasite is also unique. Bong Joon Ho goes from dark comedy to absurd comedy, to simply dark, and then darker. The long list of accolades says it all about the marvellous performances.
The film won both best Asian and best international film awards at the AACTA awards. It swept four major categories at the academy awards being the best picture, best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay. In total the film has a count of 308 nominations and has managed to win 193 awards out of them.