Parasite

Parasite

Gisaengchung

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]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 12 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Gisaengchung
Parasite

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akirakato
Apr 02, 2021

A somewhat foolish entertaining flick with a ridiculously convoluted story.
You definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief.

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loggis
Mar 24, 2021

Some guy mentioned no good Asian directors since kurasawa?! Really? How about Kim ki-duk? The Eel, spring, summer, fall, winter and spring, and other great movies!

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Byond
Mar 19, 2021

One could consider all of nature as living off its environment; or as all things being mutually supportive.
During my lifetime, there has been growing awareness of the effects of the pyramidical economic structure, the widening gap.
Ruth Rendell's 'A Judgment in Stone' depicted a flashpoint, one possibly more typical. That was made into a film 'La Ceremonie' as well as 'The Housekeeper'.
In general, I expect people do not want to dwell on the dark aspects of their social order; feel uncomfortable considering victimization. Giving films like this an opening.
If I recall, some biblical passage gives an account that God fabricated garments with which disgraced Adam and Eve could wear in their future toiling.
Somewhere down the line people came up with their own Sunday best.

Found the first part of the movie interesting and engaging, if in a fairly dark way, but after the late night family party I was fairly disappointed with the remaining dark slapstick approach of the film.

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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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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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Mar 11, 2021

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Aug 07, 2020

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Feb 29, 2020

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Aug 07, 2020

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

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Aug 07, 2020

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

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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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