Misplaced familyhood.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by their college-aged son, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. In Korean with English subtitles.

130 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence, Drug abuse).
Comedy, Drama, Thriller, On the art circuit
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Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, Hye-jin Jang, So-dam Park
Joon-ho Bong
ScreenplayJoon-ho Bong, Jin Won Han
MusicJaeil Jung
CinematographyKyung-pyo Hong
EditingJinmo Yang
Sound formatsDolby Atmos
Made in2019
Produced byBarunson E&A, CJ Entertainment, TMS Comics, TMS Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFrequent strong impact language presented in a context of frustration.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceStrong impact realistic violence.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe material contains strong impact complex and mature themes which are presented in a context of a crime drama. Themes explore the life of a low income family living in poverty engaging in an illegal activity to survive. The family is involved in forgery, working as a syndicate infiltrating the house of an affluent family, being con artists, kidnapping, foul play, trespassing, undisclosed identity, sabotage, betrayal, manipulation, lies, greed, guilt, regret, murder, deceit, revenge and teamwork. Themes of murder, fraud, manipulation, deceit and revenge are negative, laced with dark undertones likely to be psychologically disturbing, distressing, upsetting, misleading and morally harmful to the cognitive development of children under 16 years. The film does not communicate clear positive resolutions because the perpetrators never get arrested and some are left dead but the overall positive message is that crime does not pay.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language, some violence and sexual content.
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British Board of Film Classification rating

15: Suitable for 15 years and olderViolence, Language, Sex, Sex references.
British version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Alex Isaacs quote iconDirector Bong Joon-ho captures the infinite melancholy, sickening violence and soul-crushing brutality of modern life in his masterpiece, Parasite. It's an extended allegory about capitalism, humanity and existence all wrapped up in a cinematically rich package. It uses a twisted and absorbing story about two families, one rich and one poor, to hold up a mirror up to the ugly face of inequality.
Leon van Nierop quote iconDit word sterk aanbeveel as jy die krag van oorspronklike rolprente met ‘n baldadige unieke storie waardeer.
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Tomatometer quote iconn urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.

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