Parasite (2019)
aka Gisaengchung
First screened in October 2019 / Most recently screened in November 2019
Director: Bong Joon-ho. Cast: Choi Woo-sik, Park So-dam, Song Kang-ho, Chang Hyae-jin, Jo Yeo-jeong, Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Ji-so, Jung Hyun-jun, Lee Jeong-eun, Park Myeong-hoon, Park Seo-joon, Park Keun-rok, Ahn Seong-bong. Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won.

Twitter Capsule: Limns central class conflict with subtle interrogations of each side. Tight script, until coda. Snazzy design. Ace cast.

VOR:   Fingers so tight on the pulse of modern class conflicts they're practically a fist. Sharp, too, on gender. Virtuoso staging, with risky escalation.



Photo © 2019 Neon/CJ Entertainment/Barunson E&A

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in October 2019: B)


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Bong Joon-ho
Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won
Best International Film
Best Production Design: Lee Ha-jun and Cho Won-woo
Best Film Editing: Yang Jinmo

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Bong Joon-ho
Best Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'or (Best Film); Vulcain Prize Special Mention (Lee Ha-jun, production designer)
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Cast
Writers Guild of America Awards: Best Original Screenplay
Independent Spirit Awards: Best International Film
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Song)
National Society of Film Critics: Best Film; Best Screenplay
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Director; Best Foreign Language Film
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Original Screenplay; Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Original Screenplay; Best Film Not in the English Language

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