Parasite – Black and White Edition

Bong Joon-ho
Running Time
132 mins

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s universally acclaimed follow-up to the likes of The Host and Snowpiercer arrived laden down with awards, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes. It also topped many critics’ 2019 films of the year lists and subsequently became the surprise big winner at the Oscars.

Essentially a tightly plotted Hitchcockian home invasion flick with lashings of stinging social satire, it’s the story of an impecunious Seoul family who infiltrate a super-rich one. The Parks are absolutely loaded, being the epitome of aspirational wealth. The Kims don’t have a pot to piss in, but are blessed with plenty of cunning and set about making themselves indispensable to the Parks. As Variety‘s critic observed: “Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so 2019: Parasite is a tick fat with the bitter blood of class rage.” Go¬†here for our review.

Following in the tradition of George Miller’s ‘black and chrome edition’ of his Mad Max: Fury Road, this reissue of the film is in glorious monochrome. So does it allow the performances to come across more strongly, as Bong asserts, or is it a cynical marketing ploy aimed at relieving gullible arthouse snobs of even more cash? You decide. But, er, you’ll obviously have to buy another ticket to form an opinion.


By robin askew, Monday, Jan 6 2020

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