Parasite trailer: Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or winner is a damning indictment of the class divide

Parasite (2019)
Dir: Joon-ho Bong | Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Woo-sik Choi, Yeo-Jeong Cho | Writers: Dae-hwan Kim, Hitoshi Iwaaki (comic), Jin Won Han (screenplay), Joon-ho Bong

Bong Joon-ho is a master of shifting from one tone to another within his films, patching together drama, comedy, horror, thriller tropes and social commentary with effortless ease. His latest film, the Palme d'Or winning Parasite (Gisaengchung), offers up more of the same, although its teeth seem to have a sharper bite this time round. With the award season just around the corner, we should expect this to be firmly in contention in the foreign language categories.

It's a story about class divide and the polarisation created by the uncaring and merciless drive of capitalism in today's world. When Alistair Ryder reviewed the film at Cannes he commented: "For his first fully Korean language film in a decade, he’s (Joon-ho) still taking aim at societal structures that keep the poorest and most vulnerable people in their place - and despite a return to his native country, his interrogation of high unemployment and its effect on the working class feels universal." Watch the trailer for Parasite above.

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Joon-ho has also co-written the script, with the cast starring Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-sik, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Ziso, Jung Ziso, Jung Hyeon-jun and Jeong-eun Lee.

Parasite lands in US cinemas on October 11. Curzon will be distributing the film in the UK and we expect it to arrive early next year.

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