While internationally Bong Joon-ho is one of the most celebrated creative forces, the South Korean director has only recently begun to make a mark in the US with his last two features being English-language productions. His 2013 effort Snowpiercer arrived to critical acclaim and it’s own cult following despite the infamously poor promotion the film received by it’s distributor, The Weinstein Company. Then, his 2017 film Okja, which was part of the first series of Netflix-produced features that were accepted into major film festivals, developed it’s own loving audience with it’s particular charm.
What separates Joon-ho from most directors is his ability to produce creative surface stories and merge them with prevalent themes. His first internationally popular film, 2006’s The Host, took the idea of a sewer monster and used it as a metaphor for both the troubled political history of his own home nation as well as political commentary on the United States. Snowpiercer took a dystopian future where unfortunate peasants try to lead a revolution against those at the front of a luxury train and used it as a commentary on social classes. Okja, more directly than his other films, commented on consumerism of nature. His newest film, Parasite (Which he co-wrote the script for with Han Jin-won), not only returns to the social class commentary of Snowpiercer but also sees Joon-ho return to a Korean-language feature, set back in his home nation and featuring an all-South Korean cast. The synopsis is as follows:
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
The film has already received widespread critical acclaim and won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Korean film to receive the award. Hopefully, it will leave the same international charm that Joon-ho has consistently had with audiences. The film has been teased to audiences for some time and now the official trailer has arrived to give them a taste of what to expect. Check it out below:
Parasite stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam. It is set to be released in the US on October 11th.