The first film in over 50 years to win the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Academy Awards (along with Best Foreign Language Film, Screenplay and Director awards), Bong Joon Ho’s seventh feature is a riveting portrait of two families living in contemporary Seoul. One is rich, the other poor. A chance encounter and a little manipulation finds the lives of both families gradually intersecting, with shocking results.
Those familiar with director Bong’s films will recognise signature elements, from his fascination with corridors and basements to his ability to shift with speed between suspense and comedy. And he is a master of the killer twist. Put simply, there’s nothing quite like ‘Parasite’.
★★★★★ "The kind of remarkable experience that makes modern movie-going such a joy." - Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★★ "A miracle of a film." - John Nugent, Empire
★★★★★ "It is almost a supernatural or sci-fi story; an invasion of the lifestyle snatchers. Parasite gets its tendrils into you." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★★ "As playful as it is sincere and revelatory." -Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent
★★★★★ "A spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer." - Danny Leigh, Financial Times