Korean entertainment has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last couple of years. But Parasite rocketed Korean vindication to new heights. Parasite is a movie that broke language and racial barriers.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean drama and comedy-thriller. The movie was directed by Bong Joon-Ho, who was also its co-writer. Parasite was filmed strictly in South Korea, with a Korean cast, speaking Korean. The movie is an entirely Korean production from CJ Entertainment.
Parasite was released at the Cannes Film Festival on May 27, 2019. Where it became the first Korean film ever to win the Palm d’Or. That was the first time Parasite broke the language and racial barrier. After that, Parasite was officially released in South Korea on May 30, 2019, by CJ Entertainment.
Parasite can be considered a tragicomedy thriller film. The movie’s plot shows off the crude reality of social divisions. Social Divisions exist around the world which is perhaps why a film dense in Korean culture catches so many audiences. In the movie’s case, it shows off how poor people in Korea don’t have the same opportunities as wealthy people.
Parasite’s plot follows the lives of two opposite families
- First, we meet the Kim Family: a poor Korean family with deficient living conditions, a family that (as many in Korea) lives in a low semi-basement apartment. The 4 members of the Kim Family have low-paying temporary jobs and not enough monetary resources. So when a friend of the family’s son suggests him to take his job as an English tutor for the daughter of a rich family, he starts a web of deceit and lies.
- Then, we meet the Park Family: a wealthy Korean family that gives jobs to the Kim family, based on the lies they told. The Park Family is also a family of 4, but its members live in wealth and glamor. They have employees for all aspects of home care, and also tutors to give their son and daughter the best educational resources. They are deceived by the Kim family, whom they give jobs based on their lies because otherwise, they wouldn’t have got the opportunity.
But when things start badly, they can easily collapse. Things between the Kim family and the Park family get tricky and end darkly.
What Makes Parasite a Barrier Braking Movie?
Well, let’s start with the fact that the movie has collected over $144 million USD since its release. But also, Parasite became the first Korean Movie to win a Palm d’Or in the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Also, in the 2020 Academy Awards, Parasite was the first Foreign Language Movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Movie. Plus, the movie also earned three other Academy Awards that night, including Best Original script (the first movie in a foreign language to do so).