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Parasite [RSC Film Club 29]


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This month we are celebrating the upcoming Academy Awards by watching a past winner.  The category we were picking from was Best Director, after having previously done Best Picture and Best Actor with The French Connection and Judgment at Nuremburg respectively, with the winning film being the most recent recipient of the award, B0ng Joon-ho's Parasite.  

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As well as winning the Oscar for Best Director Parasite also won Oscars for Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay (by B0ng and Han Jin-won) and was the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.  It was also nominated for Production Design and Editing.  

Part black comedy, part thriller, part horror but all social commentary, Parasite is a tale of two families; the poor Kim clan and the wealthy Park family.  The film starts with the son of the Kim family, Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) getting a job as an English tutor for the young teenage daughter of the Park family, Park Da-hye (Jung Ji-so).  Through a series of deceitful and cleverly planned events, one by one, every member of the Kim family gets a job working for the Parks, who remain ignorant of the fact that their new employees are relatives and have been playing them for fools.  

The first hour of the film plays out like a comedy, with each new plan becoming more involved and devious, culminating in an hysterically melodramatic montage involving the housekeeper and peaches.  But at pretty much the halfway point of the movie the tone shifts entirely and a whole new film starts, and it is incredible.  I'll say no more for fear of spoilers, but you'll have no idea of what's coming.

This, in my opinion, is a masterpiece of filmmaking.  Every aspect of the production is perfect.  The performances are incredible all round, with Song Kang-ho, one of the most respected South Korean actors and long time collaborator of B0ng's, being one of the best I've ever seen as the head of the Kim family.  The directions is, obviously, fantastic, as is the set design.  The Park's house will go down in film history as one of the most iconic and recognisable film locations of all time.  The script is near perfect with each character being distinct and every twist and reveal expertly set up and revealed.  The score, a mostly melodic piano based affair is beautifully melancholic.  

You can probably already guess what I'll be giving this, but I still can't wait to watch it again.  There's even a black and white version on Amazon Prime that I haven't watched yet.  I can't wait to read what you guys think of this one!

Academy Awards Oscars GIF by Madman Films

it's so metaphorical

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