Parasite: How this South Korean dark comedy made history on the international stage

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Parasite: How this South Korean dark comedy made history on the international stage

Parasite cast and crew photo obtained from Forbes Website

In the whole 92-year-span of the Academy Awards only 11 international films have been nominated for the coveted award for Best Picture and of those 11 films, only one has actually won.

‘Parasite’ not only made history by winning the Oscar for Best Picture in 2019, but also won the award for Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay and director Bong Joon-ho took home the Oscar for Best Director.

Joon-ho in his acceptance speech for Best Director, says:

After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.

The film follows the money-poor Kim family as they deceive and climb their way up the socioeconomic ladder and into the household of the wealthy Park family, posing as tutors, a driver and a housemaid. 

Awards aside, ’Parasite’ is praised by critics worldwide, scoring a 99% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes and being called a ‘gasp-inducing masterpiece’ by The Guardian.

But what exactly makes this South Korean thriller/ dark comedy a masterpiece?

Is it the shocking plot twists? The street smarts of the Kim family? The quality of the script and camera angles?

Joon-ho combines all of these things in order to breathe new life into the Korean film industry, with ‘Parasite’ being entertaining as well as acting as a critical eye on the social class system of Korea.

The first half will have you laughing along with the Kim’s at the expense of the Park family, while the second half will stay with you, making you question who the real ‘Parasites’ are.

‘Parasite’ is best watched with no prior knowledge of plot or characters, so that every twist and turn that Joon-ho masterly orchestrates is experienced fully. 

Watch the trailer below:


Alesia Bilotta

Alesia is studying a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney. She is passionate about experiencing other cultures through food, travel and the interwoven stories in each. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au