Parasite

Parasite

DVD - 2020 | Korean
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Kim Ki-teak's family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family's luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park's home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WORLD KOREAN PARASITE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Parasite - Incredible, and I can't do scary! -Mary

I saw this in B&W when it was re-released. It is probably the best movie I have seen a long time. -Margaret

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LPL_SarahM Feb 26, 2020

Absolutely deserving of best picture at the Oscars. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I watched it twice in one day!

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LPL_EricaS Jan 22, 2020

This groundbreaking film was the first non-English language film to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture. The penniless Kim family poses as tutors and domestic servants and slowly insinuates themselves into the lives of the wealthy Parks family. The result is a dark thriller with income inequalit... Read More »


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dstradling
Feb 20, 2021

Really great movie. Funny, cringe-worthy, shocking, thought-provoking. It's got a little bit of everything for me. And the acting was *chef's kiss*

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jniclang
Feb 12, 2021

I don't have the background to compare this to other Asian films, but I can review it on its own merit. We almost stopped watching this after the first 20 minutes, but I am SO glad we kept with it. It started out as a dark, (almost) documentary. Then it turned into a sort of dramedy, then a horror film. We are still thinking about-and recommending-this movie 10 days after we saw it. You seriously don't know what the heck is going to happen next!

Definitely hang in there for at least 40 minutes. You'll be glad you did.

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HuangPo
Jan 27, 2021

Predictable, banal, nothing new. The kind of movie you want to rhapsodize over because we never expect too much from Asian filmakers, post-Kurosawa

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atfrancis
Jan 16, 2021

An Oscar well deserved. A terrific story with engaging characters. Watch and listen for the moral of the story.

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skleonard
Jan 11, 2021

Deceit, manipulation, greed. We have lived through this in the Republican controlled government in the US. I don't want to watch this as a form of entertainment!

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carole45
Jan 11, 2021

HORRIBLE people. Depressing story only lasted 20 minutes myself. Times are hard enough without watching greed etc. as entertainment. Give it a pass!!

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movie20
Jan 07, 2021

Very bizarre, but I liked it. Amusing how the family got work.

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MichelleinBallard
Jan 03, 2021

**spoilers below**

*Parasite* won the Palme d'Or, several major Oscars, and is highly ranked on Metacritic. One reason for the film's popularity with the chattering classes and their allies and dupes became clear after about 30 minutes.

In *Parasite* the wealthy Park family are the aloof but likable victims of the vile and violent lower working-class Kim family. Writer-directer Bong joon-ho described Mrs. Park to a *GQ* interviewer as "the rich mom who's the really gullible character ..." The character of Mr. Kim is described by Bong as "a loser".

Bong says that his depiction "where the weak and have nots are fighting one another" is "sad, but it's also realistic." He continues: "And from those moments, you get this element of sadness, but also the comedy, as well."

The "weak and have nots" turning against each other is, indeed, realistic but *Parasite* is a not very humorous, over-the-top negatively idealistic depiction. Bong's fictional "vicious and malicious" Kims are a stand-in for the vast majority of humanity and serve to assure the real-life cultural and economic elites that such people are not only deserving of their status but are to be feared and controlled.

The socialist/communist reviews of the film (e.g. WSWS, *Jacobin*) I read were oblivious to or apologetic about the film's vilification of the working class. Tellingly, in my experience, most of the writers and editors of such publications do not come from working-class backgrounds or do not see themselves as part of that class.

There is at least one reviewer, however, who 'gets it' and is better situated than I to comment further on the film. Last February, *The Guardian* (UK) published "Why Parasite misses the mark as a commentary on South Korean society" by Hahna Yoon. Here are a few excerpts:

"Like the character Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) in Parasite and its director Bong Joon-ho, I too have entered the home of Seoul's elite as an English tutor. I live in one of those old Seoul villas and memories of rushing my own white envelope to the bank to pay outstanding phone bills allows me a small window into what's been called Bong's 'dystopia'. For many, the critically acclaimed film ... signals the beginning of an overdue appreciation for Asian cinema but it is precisely the issue of representation that makes the undoubtedly beautiful film troubling. Despite being hailed as a social commentary on contemporary South Korean society, Bong misses the mark in his portrayal of the country's economic crisis and plays on stereotypes of the working class in an attempt to critique capitalism.

"... the film being heralded as a critique of capitalism is more about the dangers of trusting the working class.

"All of Bong's poor are similarly disorderly and directionless – drunkenly urinating on the street or waiting for free meals like prisoners. Bong argues the film is 'a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains' but the vulgarity of the film's working class in bold starkly contrasts the bourgeois elitism in the fine print ... the Parks are generous in addition to being oblivious.

"Without examining the system that has created the Kims and the Parks, the film's message is reduced to this: commiserate with the working class – not because they are fully developed human beings with the same ethical dilemmas you have – but because they're a hopeless lot. Bong himself glides between describing the film as an allegory and insisting he does not have an agenda. 'I'm not making a documentary or propaganda here. It's not about telling you how to change the world or how you should act because something is bad, but rather showing you the terrible, explosive weight of reality,' he told Vulture. As for my dystopia? After four sessions of tutoring, my student decided to 'quit English'. When I told her mother I would have to return her upfront payment in instalments [sic] because I didn't have the money, she thought I was lying."

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johnnybookreader
Jan 02, 2021

This one struck me as any of several "Laurel & Hardy" films from 80 or so years ago which did this kind of lark so much better. Everything was going fine until the family party was interrupted at which point the movie lost all sense of direction. I can't believe this movie won all of the awards and acclaim it did. Oh well, go figure.

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taferlotti
Dec 27, 2020

Visually stunning, storyline was not what I expected, very engaging, entertaining, funny at times, serious and sober at times. It has subtitles, which allowed me to understand what the characters were saying. I don't think the subtitles took anything away from the movie. I highly recommend for a movie that will get you and whoever else watched it into deep discussions.

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"Respect!"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"If I had all this I would be kinder."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeping together on the floor. So, there's no need for a plan. You can't go wrong with no plans. We don't need to make a plan for anything. It doesn't matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?"

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reginator_22
Mar 02, 2020

Kim Ki-woo: Dad, today I made a plan - a fundamental plan. I'm going to earn money, a lot of it. University, a career, marriage, those are all fine, but first I'll earn money. When I have money, I'll buy the house. On the day we move in, Mom and I will be in the yard. Because the sunshine is so nice there. All you'll need to do is walk up the stairs. Take care until then. So long.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2020

Lady are you crazy? If they see that video, Mr. Park and his wife will be so shocked! What did those nice people ever do wrong? Why do this to them?
-Stop right there! Or I'll push the 'send' button.
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Honey, this 'send' button is like a missile launcher.
-What do you mean, honey?
If we threaten to push it. those people can't do anything. It's like a North Korean rocket.
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She's rich, but still nice.
-Not "rich, but still nice." She's nice because she's rich. Hell, if I had all this money. I'd be nice, too!
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Rich people are naive. No resentments. No creases on them.
-It all gets ironed out. Money is an iron. Those creases all get smoothed out.
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My wife has no talent for housework. She's bad at cleaning, and her cooking's awful.
-Still, you love her, right?
Of course. I love her. We'll call it love.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2020

A lot of planning (scheming,) P1 of 2:

Now our Wi-Fi is shut off. What's your plan?
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I don't think of this as forgery or crime. I'll go this university next year.
-So you've got a plan!
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To extract a woman like that, we need to prepare well.
-Right, we need a plan.
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What do we do? This isn't in the plan.
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Dad was going on about some plan...
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Dad, today I made a plan. A fundamental plan. I'm going to earn money.
A lot of it. University, a career, marriage.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2020

A lot of planning (scheming,) P2 of 2:

You don't have a plan?
-I just feel comfortable here.
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What do we do now, what's our plan?
-I've been wondering... What would Min do in this situation?
Min wouldn't be in this situation!
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So nothing happened. You understand? I've got my own plan.
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Ki-woo, you know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all.
-No plan.
You know why? If you make a plan, life never works out that way. Look around us. Did these people think, "Let's all spend the night in a gym?" But look now. Everyone's sleeping on the floor, us included. That's why people shouldn't make plans. With no plan, nothing can go wrong. And if something spins out of control, it doesn't matter. Whether you kill someone or betray your country. None of it fucking matters.
Got it?

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Halloweenlib
Aug 07, 2020

Sexual Content: R-RATING by library for: (SEXUAL CONTEXT, Lots of Casual Sex)

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Halloweenlib
Aug 07, 2020

Violence: R-RATING by library for: (VIOLENCE)

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Halloweenlib
Aug 07, 2020

Coarse Language: R-RATING by library for: (LANGUAGE)

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reginator_22
Mar 02, 2020

Violence: Disturbing violence

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