The symbolism of this film has a truthful meaning accordingly to their social status. For a wealthy family, the rain represents a natural way of cleansing and abundance. For the poor, it is a catastrophic chain of events that can wipe them off the face of the earth – it is almost like fumigating “parasites.”
|Parasite still courtesy of Neon|
Ki-woo also sees the chance to have his sister Kim Ki-Jung (So-dam Park) tutoring art to a disobedient preschooler interested in surreal self-portrait painting and American Indian wildness.
|Parasite French poster. Cannes 2019.|
The patriarch of the Kims, Ki-taek, is played exceptionally well by the renowned actor Kang-ho Song (“A Taxi Driver,” “Thirst,” “The Host”). He enters the house as the chauffeur. Aware of not crossing the line, his body odor of poor people causes wealthy families’ aversion.
Like many wealthy South Korean families, the Park’s house has a bunker in its basement in case of an atomic attack by the North Korean leader “Little Rocket Man,” Kim Jong-un. By the way, the jokes about the North Commander are part of the hilarious political satire.
The performances in “Parasite” are exquisite and natural. The entire cast shines on the screen for long-lasting delight.
Funny but true, Kim’s mother quotes: “It’s such a luxury to be kind. If I were rich, I would be kind.” The director says it’s not morally correct, but it’s straightforward.
|Bong Joon-ho, director of Parasite. Photo José A. Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
Some people may see “Parasite” as socialist propaganda, but I see it as a masterwork reproducing reality in a divided society.
|José A. Hermosillo, a film critic. Festival in LA ©2019|
|Renowned actor Kang-ho Song (“A Taxi Driver,” “Thirst,” “The Host”). |
Film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo.
Festival in LA ©2019
|Woo-sik Choi & Sun-kyun Lee, and film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo moments before #ParasiteMadeHistory 🥂CONGRATULATIONS 🇰🇷🍾 Festival in LA ©2019|
|#Parasite cast and crew at the #Oscars2020 red carpet. Photo José A. Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
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