In Bong Joon Ho’s exhilarating new film, a threadbare family of four struggling to make ends meet gradually hatches a scheme to work for, and as a result infiltrate, the wealthy household of an entrepreneur, his seemingly frivolous wife, and their troubled kids. How they go about doing this—and how their best-laid plans spiral out to destruction and madness—constitutes one of the wildest, scariest, and most unexpectedly affecting movies in years, a portrayal of contemporary class resentment that deservedly won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. As with all of this South Korean filmmaker’s best works, Parasite is both rollicking and ruminative in its depiction of the extremes to which human beings push themselves in a world of unending, unbridgeable economic inequality. A NEON release. An NYFF57 selection.


Bong Joon Ho’s Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs Never Bite, and more New Korean Cinema essentials play November 22-December. Get tickets here.


Read features on Parasite by Amy Taubin and Ari Aster in the September-October 2019 issue of Film Comment magazine.


Watch Bong Joon Ho discuss Parasite and his career in a spoiler-free, one-hour Directors Dialogue at the 57th NYFF. Also available on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast.