Parasite (2019)

General Info:

Also Known As : Gisaengchung
Release date:
Oct 11, 2019
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho
Language : Korean, English
Category : Drama
Runtime : 2hr 12m | 132 minutes
Rated For : R | 18+

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The Kim family—father Ki-taek, mother Chung-sook, daughter Ki-jung and son Ki-woo—live in a small semi-basement apartment (banjiha), have low-paying temporary jobs as pizza box folders, and struggle to make ends meet. University student Min-hyuk, a friend of Ki-woo’s, gives the family a scholar’s rock meant to promise wealth. Leaving to study abroad, he suggests that Ki-woo take over his job as an English tutor for the daughter of the wealthy Park family, Da-hye. Ki-woo acts like a university student and is hired by the Parks, who call him “Kevin”source


The Kims – mother and father Chung-sook and Ki-taek, and their young adult offspring, son Ki-woo and daughter Ki-jung – are a poor family living in a shabby and cramped half basement apartment in a busy lower working class commercial district of Seoul. Without even knowing it, they, especially Mr. and Mrs. Kim, literally smell of poverty. Often as a collective, they perpetrate minor scams to get by, and even when they have jobs, they do the minimum work required. Ki-woo is the one who has dreams of getting out of poverty by one day going to university. Despite not having that university education, Ki-woo is chosen by his university student friend Min, who is leaving to go to school, to take over his tutoring job to Park Da-hye, who Min plans to date once he returns to Seoul and she herself is in university. The Parks are a wealthy family who for four years have lived in their modernistic house designed by and the former residence of famed architect Namgoong. While Mr. and Mrs. Park are all about status, Mrs. Park has a flighty, simpleminded mentality and temperament, which Min tells Ki-woo to feel comfortable in lying to her about his education to get the job. In getting the job, Ki-woo further learns that Mrs. Park is looking for an art therapist for the Parks’ adolescent son, Da-song, Ki-woo quickly recommending his professional art therapist friend “Jessica”, really Ki-jung who he knows can pull off the scam in being the easiest liar of the four Kims. In Ki-woo also falling for Da-hye, he begins to envision himself in that house, and thus the Kims as a collective start a plan for all the Kims, like Ki-jung using assumed names, to replace existing servants in the Parks’ employ in orchestrating reasons for them to be fired. The most difficult to get rid of may be Moon-gwang, the Parks’ housekeeper who literally came with the house – she Namgoong’s housekeeper when he lived there – and thus knows all the little nooks and crannies of it better than the Parks themselves. The question then becomes how far the Kims can take this scam in their quest to become their version of the Parks.



Cast Info:

* Kang-ho Song … Ki Taek (as Song Kang Ho)
* Sun-kyun Lee Sun-kyun Lee … Dong Ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
* Yeo-jeong Jo Yeo-jeong Jo … Yeon Kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
* Woo-sik Choi Woo-sik Choi … Ki Woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
* So-dam Park So-dam Park … Ki Jung (as Park So Dam)
* Jeong-eun Lee Jeong-eun Lee … Moon Gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
* Hye-jin Jang Hye-jin Jang … Chung Sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
* Myeong-hoon Park Myeong-hoon Park … Geun Se (as Park Myeong Hoon)
* Ji-so Jung Ji-so Jung … Da Hye (as Jung Ziso)
* Hyun-jun Jung Hyun-jun Jung … Da Song (as Jung Hyeon Jun)
* Keun-rok Park Keun-rok Park … Driver Yoon (as Park Keun Rok)
* Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz … CEO of Pizza Place (as Jeung Esuh)
* Jo Jae-Myeong Jo Jae-Myeong … CEO’s Brother of Pizza Place
* Ik-han Jung Ik-han Jung … Neighbor (as Jung Ik Han)
* Kim Gyu Baek Kim Gyu Baek … Drunk Person 1


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