Simply twelve months after asian masterpieces “shoplifters” and “burning” premiered in competition at cannes, south korean director bong joon-ho (“the host”) confirmed up with this dynamite thriller, which so spookily subverts both movies that it nearly feels like a calculated reaction. In truth, “parasite” just goes to reveal how interesting auteur cinema has been in that corner of the sector lately, as administrators look for unique ways to comment on social prejudice and the stratified elegance battle.
In “shoplifters,” we met a family of law-breaking opportunists sure collectively by using necessity more than blood; here, a family of petty con artists pretend they’re not related in an effort to take gain of a wealthy own family, who hire every of them in exclusive assist roles across the house. Wherein “burning” dramatized a decrease-magnificence loser’s desperate tries to impose which means on occasions beyond his manipulate, “parasite” operates on the idea that its tricksters have “no plan,” improvising their way thru the scheme until matters spiral out in their manage. Bong has claimed the movie can’t be completely understood outside its native korea, although it’s lots unsettling even for outsiders.