Bong Joon-ho 봉준호 : Expect the Unexpected | PARASITE | TIFF 2019

  • Published on Oct 23, 2019
  • A glorious success and smashing box-office hit for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho - who returns home after his foreign adventures in Snowpiercer and Okja - the Palme d'Or-winning Parasite is a politically charged cinematic wonder.
    Described by Bong himself as "a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains," the film moves quickly from one tone to another, mixing pathos and satire with thrills and drama, in a perfectly controlled blend of many different genres.
    A vertical story of class struggle - punctuated by staircase scenes going from mouldy basements to top floors, from darkness to breezy spaces designed by star architects - Parasite observes and dissects with surgical precision the life of two families of different social backgrounds.
    Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) is a good-for-nothing, unemployed family man, patriarch of a family of derelicts - his wife Chung-sook (Chang Hyae-jin), his clever twenty-something daughter Ki-jung (Park So-dam), and his son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) - who live in an overcrowded, sordid basement. The Parks, on the other hand, live in a fabulous house with their teenage daughter Da-hye and terribly spoiled son Da-song, who has suffered a childhood trauma that occasionally causes him seizures and strange behaviour. When, due to an unexpected stroke of luck, Ki-woo is hired by the Parks to be the private English tutor of Da-hye, the destinies of the two families cross. Their explosive meeting exposes the merciless evils of class inequalities, culminating in a powerful and utterly original outcome.
    Thumbnail image captured with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in the TIFF x Samsung Studio through a paid partnership with Samsung Canada.
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Comments • 128

  • iam wvz
    iam wvz 13 days ago +1

    what's the music in the background... violins...?

  • Deepak NR
    Deepak NR 14 days ago +3

    Did anyone notice? She's actually cleaning the stone at 3:17! :D

  • niacal4nia
    niacal4nia 14 days ago

    And that's why I buy LG products.

  • Aaron Menzo
    Aaron Menzo 15 days ago +1

    Fucking genius

  • Candra Asashin
    Candra Asashin 16 days ago +1

    When he say he just wrote the script naturally, just let it flow, I know he is a genius

  • Jawaria
    Jawaria 17 days ago +1

    Parasite truly a masterpiece 🤟💗💗💗 great movie ,Also watched Bong joon other Master piece ( Mother & memories of murder ) both movies was simply Outclass🙏

  • VeRdAdEs TaNgIbLeS
    VeRdAdEs TaNgIbLeS 23 days ago +3

    A masterpiece.

  • Luis Dalius A.F.I
    Luis Dalius A.F.I 24 days ago +2


  • Aurora Hassan
    Aurora Hassan 24 days ago +7

    I went to watch with my friend and the two of us could not help but react aloud at the climax ; absolutely gripping and fantastically made.

  • Masu56 Ma90
    Masu56 Ma90 24 days ago +367

    “A comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains” YES I am gonna use this phrase as a summary for people when telling them to watch this movie!

  • HoopleHeadUSA
    HoopleHeadUSA 25 days ago +5

    Been to the theater 36 times this year. Parasite is my favorite!

  • dashwood09
    dashwood09 25 days ago +1

    Great movie! Parasite is the perfect name for it.

  • Pigeon
    Pigeon 26 days ago +18

    2:22 Jessica only child Illinois......

  • sichengs
    sichengs 26 days ago +3

    Okay but is that the guy from Day6’s music videos? he looks extremely familiar

    • dbbgh
      dbbgh 11 days ago

      Yes, he was the boyfriend starting from Congratulations. He was also acting in the movie Train To Busan as the high school baseball student that Sohee's character was interested in.

    • boho reader
      boho reader 25 days ago

      yes choi woo sik hehe

  • the great sky
    the great sky 26 days ago +2

    Hi i'm from Turkey
    I watched a review about n then went to movie. Film impressed me so much(I watch after Joker thats why impressed me more ^^). Thank you Bong Joon ho

  • Nicolai Marquez
    Nicolai Marquez 26 days ago +33

    "Bong Joon-ho is a genre"
    I honestly love when the genre conventions are broken, and I loved what he had to say about that. People have an idea of what a film should be, but honestly, a film should surprise you, and no films surprises me more than the ones of this director.
    Btw, if anyone is looking for something similar to the "Bong Joon-ho genre", I'd HIGHLY recommend Netfli'xs Maniac. Is honestly the only american thing I've ever seen that plays with genre as much as Bong does. Gotta hand it to Cary Fukunga. He made the most genre bending series I've ever seen, and he also knows how to make good use of symbolism. Honestly, if you enjoy Bong's cinema, I highly suggest you watch Maniac

  • Mico Orda
    Mico Orda 27 days ago +1

    If Killing goes on another season, I wanna see Bong direct all episodes, that would be epic.

  • YX Lau
    YX Lau Month ago +8

    One of the greatest movies I've seen in my entire life.

  • Rakesh Mohanty
    Rakesh Mohanty Month ago

    Is this streaming anywhere ?

  • 윤설
    윤설 Month ago

    믿고 보는 봉준호+송강호 조합

    • Humbleman
      Humbleman 20 days ago

      윤설 뽕뽀로 뽕뽕 뽕봉! 쏭쏘로쏭송 송송!

  • 크리스
    크리스 Month ago +1

    his movies NEVER disappoint!

  • vvs 0315
    vvs 0315 Month ago

    He is like life is about using what you have now and that is you

  • Zack X89
    Zack X89 Month ago +2

    i never forget the scene on the couch... 😜

  • koyukiny
    koyukiny Month ago +6

    I watched this movie last week and this was an amazing movie. I felt very sad after the movie was over and had lots of comicated feeling in my head. There are alot of metaphors and symbolism and it is a universal story so regardless of ethnic, cultural, or national background, everyone can relate to the story. It is a briliant movie. I think Director Bong is a genius

  • ND
    ND Month ago

    Bong is my favorite filmmaker after Park.... Sorry Park but Kim Ki duke is King of South Korean cinema. I ❤️ all of you

  • Hemal Kantawala
    Hemal Kantawala Month ago +1

    Parasite ending was 🤷🏽‍♀

    • Carol
      Carol 17 days ago +3

      Watch it again and watch his interviews. It might take you sometime to understand fully but you will.

    • amy
      amy Month ago +11

      Hemal Kantawala well it’s a movie that gets better the more you think about and really dig into the details 🤷‍♀️

  • Choi Young-Rock
    Choi Young-Rock Month ago +6

    Respect!!!!!! 리스페에엑트!!!

  • mhm데나
    mhm데나 Month ago +23

    I love his films and I'm so pleased with his choice of actors/actresses. Choi woosik is a phenomenal actor. So is Park So Dam.

  • 나줌마쌤NajummaT
    나줌마쌤NajummaT Month ago +3

    Great!!!! I really respect him!!!!!

  • garcia Robert
    garcia Robert Month ago +3

    i love Bong joon ho movies

  • Aryak Chatterjee
    Aryak Chatterjee Month ago +9

    That is why Bong in my favourite.

  • Project862006
    Project862006 Month ago +218

    more people need to see memories of murder his masterpiece imo one of the best crime thrillers i have ever seen

    • Carol
      Carol 17 days ago +1

      @Đông Phong that fucker was already in prison for raping his mentally challenged sister in law. What a story!!!

    • June 06
      June 06 21 day ago +2

      BeThomsen Lmao you outed yourself as having pleb taste congrats

    • Đông Phong
      Đông Phong 26 days ago +3

      @Gourmet God Midora this is true. police has final matched the dna and even got a confession of the crime

    • Gourmet God Midora
      Gourmet God Midora 28 days ago +2

      LoVerS wait are you fkn serious?

  • Aldo Valderrama
    Aldo Valderrama Month ago +6

    Proper subversion of expectations.

  • tirami SOOK
    tirami SOOK Month ago +1


  • Sing Sang Sung
    Sing Sang Sung Month ago +18

    The movie was very unpredictable and I love it. It’s very funny but there’s much deeper meaning within the movie and Please come see the movie. You will never regret it. I love this kinds of movie and Bong really is a genius. He’s crazy genius

  • sapna
    sapna Month ago +5

    He's awesome.

  • Therese Marie B. Rico
    Therese Marie B. Rico Month ago +21

    I love this movie. Was able to see only two of his videos - Snowpiercer and Parasite. Parasite hits home closely. Made me think of my own poverty. Made me rethink of the insensitive remarks I have uttered before.

    • Therese Marie B. Rico
      Therese Marie B. Rico 26 days ago

      @Ilija Hornjak got to watch Mother :) it's a nice movie but i still strongly feel towards something Parasite

    • Ilija Hornjak
      Ilija Hornjak 28 days ago

      Mother and Memories of Murderer is must watch by him

    • Therese Marie B. Rico
      Therese Marie B. Rico Month ago +2

      @Felipe Andrade I will search for it. I have watched Okja recently. :)

    • Felipe Andrade
      Felipe Andrade Month ago +4

      The Host and Mother are awesome too. I love that movies.

  • Su Kim
    Su Kim Month ago +3


  • zunaira ehsan
    zunaira ehsan Month ago +206

    this film deserves to win an academy award

    • MostlyLikelyToGetKilledByAFriendFirst Philip
      MostlyLikelyToGetKilledByAFriendFirst Philip Month ago +6

      chrisp1961 very much agree that the Cannes’ Palme D’or holds a higher significance when it comes to towards.

    • YX Lau
      YX Lau Month ago +5

      zunaira ehsan If the academy doesn't give this film an award they're missing out.

    • Aiden kim
      Aiden kim Month ago +7

      But academy is LOCAL

    • chrisp1961
      chrisp1961 Month ago +20

      I agree. But the film has already won the world's most prestigious award; Cannes' Palme d"or!

  • JohnnyBoy7267
    JohnnyBoy7267 Month ago

    1:19 You hear that Disney and Rian Johnson !!!! you fucks

  • Adrienne N. Hester
    Adrienne N. Hester Month ago +104

    I saw this move last night and I LOVED it! My friend and I were anxious and uncomfortable the entire time. The way it was shot was stunning, from the magnificent home to the stairs leading down to poverty. I have never heard of Bong Joon-ho or Parasite until the Korean Chamber invited me to a viewing, and now I am obsessed with watching all of his movies.

    • sarad matthew tigga
      sarad matthew tigga Month ago +3

      @Adrienne N. Hester The man from nowhere
      A bittersweet life
      My sassy girl
      The wailing
      The yellow sea
      Miracle in cell no 7
      a moment to remember
      The admiral:roaring currents
      A taxi driver
      Ode to my father
      Welcome to Dongmakol
      A dirty carnival
      Castaway on the moon
      Cold eyes
      The classic
      War of the arrows
      The king and the clown
      The age of shadows
      The tiger: An old hunters tale
      Children... (bases on a true story)
      The way home
      take care of my cat
      Han Gong ju
      The piper.

    • Stairwave
      Stairwave Month ago +1

      Adrienne N. Hester Bong’s films are a great start. From Okja, The Host, through Snowpiercer and Memories of Murder, they’re all great.
      Haven’t seen mother yet but looking forward to it.

    • Hs Donn
      Hs Donn Month ago +2

      @Ah Chong Yim Agree. Mother is my favorite among Bong's work. It's a masterpiece. And personally it has the best ending scene I have ever seen.

    • Adrienne N. Hester
      Adrienne N. Hester Month ago

      @Don't get me wrong but you are an asshole thank you

    • Don't get me wrong but you are an asshole
      Don't get me wrong but you are an asshole Month ago +1

      @Adrienne N. Hester well here goes my recommendation then :
      A hard day
      I saw the devil
      Inside Men
      The Handmaiden
      The Good The Bad The Weird
      Joint security area
      The Chaser
      Memories of Murder
      A violent prosecutor
      This much for now 😂

  • Sincerely Defiant
    Sincerely Defiant Month ago +82

    He truly is a genre in himself

  • magnetar 511
    magnetar 511 Month ago +9

    He's the best, always keeps the audience captivated🙏 Parasite was the most unpredictable and strong movie i have ever seen

  • blind foldme
    blind foldme Month ago +313

    The theater audience gave it a standing ovation here in Los Angeles when I saw it opening weekend

    • Carol
      Carol 17 days ago

      Wow.... that says a lot about those audiences in LA & NY. 👍👍👍👍

    • Jenna Akemi
      Jenna Akemi 27 days ago +6

      I saw it a few days ago in ny and it still got a standing ovation. Insane

    • P Omni
      P Omni Month ago +13

      Respect those mature audiences either. You guys know how to fully enjoy things

  • A J
    A J Month ago +166

    I watched Parasite this past week and the seats were almost sold out I think, judging by the number of seats filled. I barely knew anything about the film so I went in with only the slightest idea of what to expect.
    It truly defies genres. There's comedy, drama, and an unexpected genre that might spoil it so I can't write it here lol. I don't think I've ever seen any film like it.
    The social commentary was presented in a way that was equal parts entertaining and profound. A really unique way of depicting social problems, I gotta say.
    The climax was....certainly not what I expected. But it was good (even if it was hard for me to watch).
    Let's just I went out of the theatre feeling deeply unsettled by that to the point where I had some trouble sleeping.
    I loved one of the director's previous movies, Snowpiercer, but I didn't know it was by the same director. But now that I've been made aware I'm not surprised Parasite was so good.

    • HoneyHo
      HoneyHo 22 days ago

      A J You captured how I feel so well except the reason I had trouble sleeping was because I was I’m simple disbelief Bong Joon was able to produce such a film that capture every aspect of cinema that makes it so glorious.

    • rome8180
      rome8180 23 days ago +3

      Snowpiercer was good, but it wasn't even in the same stratosphere as Parasite. Snowpiercer actually might be the weakest movie of his I've seen (and the most popular, go figure).

    • Ilija Hornjak
      Ilija Hornjak 28 days ago +2

      You must watch Memories of Murders and Mother

    • Kayly Hernandez
      Kayly Hernandez 29 days ago +2

      A J I just watched a Parasite yesterday and feel entirely the same. I thought I would be able to tell what would go on, but it totally subverted my expectations. He is such a genius.

    • P Omni
      P Omni Month ago +3

      @Bunny Hop It's quite minimised based on other reviews, because the large thematic representation covers many differences easily

  • Jiwon Kim
    Jiwon Kim Month ago +169

    He's one of the most creative directors of our generation. Genius!!

  • Cato
    Cato Month ago +41

    This channel is great, but nobody knows it.

  • RAD Lab
    RAD Lab Month ago +6

    I still don't understand what Parasite is about

    • Carol
      Carol 17 days ago

      Perhaps watching it might help!?

    • amy
      amy Month ago +4

      it’s about the different human levels, and the unexpected similarities that exist between the rich and poor. it digs into the social levels of people and how cruel humans can be. you’re blind to not understand what this movie was about, there was so much symbolism and details.

    • Kate C
      Kate C Month ago

      Go in blind if you will watch this.

    • Alex
      Alex Month ago

      Have you watched it?

    • bpcgos
      bpcgos Month ago +4

      Its about human, and how human and sometimes how 'unhuman' towards other human we are as a human ourselves.

  • cozy
    cozy Month ago +670

    Ill never forget my screening of Parasite. I sat for 2 hours on the stairs of a packed theatre and had one of the most enjoyable film experiences of my life. Go in blind, and dont miss it for the world

    • BeThomsen
      BeThomsen 19 days ago

      @cozy i dont see how its cohesive

    • cozy
      cozy 19 days ago

      @BeThomsen I dont think Parasite ends up al over the place, I think its actually extremely cohesive. That being said, I dont agree with June about the idea that this is objectively a masterpiece. I think it is, but thats just as subjective as any other judgement on a film

    • BeThomsen
      BeThomsen 21 day ago

      @June 06 something that doesnt end somehwat all over the place.

    • June 06
      June 06 21 day ago

      BeThomsen And your qualification for materpiece would be? Because you might claim Vertigo i not a materpiece because you don't like it, but that doesn't mean it's not a masterpiece.

    • BeThomsen
      BeThomsen 21 day ago

      @June 06 they are mediocre movies with maybe some good parts.
      those 2 tho, are good movies, that is correct, yet i dont see their masterpiece qualification

  • White Black
    White Black Month ago +515

    Bong Joon Ho is a genius and one of the best filmmakers

    • Zulmi Suli
      Zulmi Suli 19 days ago +2

      @Rob Y. for me mother, memories of murder, okja, the host and parasite has define the term genius for bong jon hoo.

    • 아뇨뚱이에요
      아뇨뚱이에요 21 day ago +1

      @Rob.Y Go watch Memories of Murder

    • Rob Y.
      Rob Y. 27 days ago +2

      Insanity! I really like Bong, but I've seen zero evidence of the "genius" that so many phony critics spew whenever his name comes up. "The Host" was a quite silly, moderately enjoyable B-movie monster flick. It was a cross between Ultraman and a Roger Corman movie. "Snowpiercer" had some amazingly composed scenes but the beginning was just paint-by-numbers Hollywood schlock and the ending was indecipherable convoluted garbage. Perhaps "Parasite" is some evidence of his "genius" but so far I've seen nothing as complex or finished as Park Chan- Wook's "Old Boy", out of Bong.

    • napperforlife
      napperforlife 28 days ago +3

      He is and Korean cinematography is just amazing. So many talented directors

    • BeThomsen
      BeThomsen Month ago