A worldwide hit at the box office, the big surprise winner at the Oscars: “Parasite” was immediately lifted into the Olympus of the best films of all time in many places. Arte shows the highlight on May 15, 2022, from 10:30 p.m.
Rarely has a non-American film experienced such huge hype, stretching from Asia to America to Europe – and rarely has it been so justified. “Parasite” was not only a huge success at the box office in 2020, but was showered with praise from both critics and its general audience. In the end, director Bong Joon-ho even made history: Because his bitter social satire not only won four Oscars in 2020 but was also the first non-English language film ever to win the trophy for the best film of the year!
So if you haven’t seen the thriller highlight by now, we can only advise you to catch up on this gem – preferably today: “Parasite” will be shown on arte on May 15, 2022, from 10:30 p.m.
That’s what “Parasite” is about
The Kim family of four has their hands full trying to survive with temporary jobs – until one day a unique opportunity arises that changes the lives of father Ki-Taek (Song Kang-ho), his wife Chung-sook ( Hyae Jin Chang), and their two children Ki-woo (Choi Woo-Sik) and Ki-Jung (Park So-dam) a new meaning.
Ki-woo tutors the daughter of a wealthy family under false pretenses, and Ki-woo’s family sees this as a chance to gradually settle into the well-off household – and use insidious tricks to ensure that the old cooking-, cleaners, and chauffeurs are thrown out on the street. The intruders soon begin to enjoy the perks of living in the world of the rich and famous – little knowing where their left-hand act will take them…
+++ Opinion +++
Whether it’s “Oldboy” or “Die Taschendiebin”, “Burning” or “Mother”, “I Saw The Devil” or “Two Sisters” – the unique contrast of captivating and disturbing stories that sometimes keep you awake all night and images that are just as magically elegant as they are mercilessly brutal and invite you to (night)dreams, Korean cinema has enchanted me for a long time. And I owe this fascination for Far Eastern suspense cinema not least to the “Parasite” mastermind Bong Joon-ho.
“Parasite”: Korean cinema in perfection
With his monster highlight “The Host”, which you can now easily watch with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Bong Joon-ho once alienated me like few films in my life. Because what is nothing more than an entertaining creature feature in the first film is simply so much more in the end. Whether sci-fi thriller or oppressive horror, family drama or comedy:
Rarely have I seen a film or a filmmaker reconcile so many genres so coherently without cannibalizing or even canceling each other out. “The Host” is not only one of the best monster films of all time for DashFUN critic Björn Becher.
With “Parasite”, however, director genius Bong Joon-ho reaches a new high point in his prime discipline. With incredible attention to detail, he not only tells an oppressive drama that makes you think about yourself long after the credits have rolled, but above all a gripping, incredibly sophisticated, and, above all, an incredibly entertaining thriller from the first to the last second. Not to mention his twists and turns. The four stars in the official DashFUN review for “Parasite” are still very decent, but I can easily unpack the top rating myself.
Because the biting satire is not only exciting but also full of small details that fit together like a puzzle when you watch it repeatedly – and turn what was just damn strong suspense cinema into a complex, multi-layered masterpiece. “Parasite” is therefore worth not only tonight in the first but over and over again.
Incidentally, “Parasite” is one of those special films that has been praised by audiences and the trade press alike. In the IMDB list of the 250 best films of all time, the Oscar winner of 2020 is the second best film of the past decade (behind Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar“) in the excellent 30th place. In addition to top values such as 98 percent of positive votes on Rotten Tomatoes and 96 out of 100 points MetaCritic also co-wrote the Korean thriller highlight…