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The Quick Explanation
Parasite is a perfect example of showing-over-telling. It shows us the juxtaposition between two families. One with little resources. Another with an abundance of resources. The way in which the two families become entangled becomes a euphemism for the economic dynamics within populations. How wealth distribution leads to inequality that creates classism that leads to conflict.
There’s specific commentary about opportunities in 21st century South Korea but the ideas extend to most countries across the world. There are the haves and the have nots. Bong uses changes in elevation, often via stairs, to reinforce the idea of sinking into poverty or rising up into wealth. It’s a very dark comedy that ends quite bitterly. Ki-woo’s motivation to save his father and family is, it’s implied, prove hopeless. In that way, Ki-woo becomes Bong’s commentary on the modern youth of South Korea and the seeming dead end they face despite dreams and ambition.
Parasite also has a geo-political aspect that can take the conversation into the relationship South Korea has with North Korea, Japan, America, and Europe. Theft of land and war get reduced to children’s toys and an example of how to arrange tables for a birthday party.
- Mr. Kim – Song Kang-ho
- Chung-sook – Jang Hye-jin
- Kim Ki-woo (Kevin) – Choi Woo-shik
- Kim Ki-jung (Jessica) – Park So-dam
- Mrs. Park – Choi Yeon-gyo
- Mr. Park – Lee Sun-kyun
- Park Da-hye – Jung Ji-so
- Park Da-song – Jung Hyeon-jun
- Gook Moon-gwang – Lee Jung-eun
- Oh Geun-sae – Park Myung-hoon
- Min-hyuk – Park Seo-joon
- Written by – Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
- Directed by – Bong Joon-ho
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