Parasite movie review: a sight to see


Martin Vu, Editor, Writer

Foreign films do not often catch the attention of everyday Americans. They are hardly played in American theatres, so when a Korean movie wins a Golden Globe and is shown in American theaters, it becomes a must-see.

To add to the success, Parasite is the first foreign film to win an Oscar in the category of “Best Picture.” I did not hear much about the movie when it was released. Honestly, I was just pleased to hear more Asian representation in the media. Nevertheless, as an Asian-American, I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I rented the six-dollar movie on Amazon and jumped right in. No trailers, no research, and very high expectations. The only thing I heard about the movie was that it was a thriller and a masterpiece.

Parasite started off as a comedic heist. The story follows the Kims, a poor but close-knit family. Ki-woo, the son, is fortunate enough to land a tutoring job with an extremely rich family, the Parks. However, he takes advantage of this and swindles the Park family. Ki-woo and his family infiltrate the rich and leech off their wealth.

As their lives begin to refresh and rejuvenate, a severe twist affects the family. Immediately, the comedic aspects disappear and the movie transforms into a thriller. The smiles vanish and the laughs twist into screams.

Wealth and equality are two major themes that are portrayed in Parasite. Although the movie takes place in South Korea, it can effortlessly be told in any scenery. A simple story where the poor meets the rich becomes an elaborate tale about poverty and destitution. Maybe that’s why many Americans related to this foreign movie. The aspects of wealth and equality are intriguing and relatable, and the movie offers many powerful lessons that constantly leaves the audience wondering what will bug them next. It’s because of this that I would agree Parasite is a masterpiece.

Parasite kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the film. I watched this movie without prior information on it, yet now I am left wanting to know more. I highly recommend everyone see Parasite. Yes, it’s only in Korean. It is not dubbed into English. However, reading subtitles is not the end of the world.

The director of Parasite and the Oscar winner for “Best Director,” Bong Joon-ho, agrees with this. After receiving his Golden Globe, Bong Joon-ho states, “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” I agree, so I  encourage you to broaden the films you see by starting with Parasite.