By Ian Crow

The much talked about foreign language movie ‘Parasite’ is taking people by storm. Its social media presence is massive and people are falling in love with director Bong Joon Ho, not only for his huge rise from independent film maker but to one of the best directors right now. But people love him for his honesty and brilliant humour. This is all translated into his latest film ‘Parasite’ which is due for release in early 2020 for the UK. The film follows an unemployed family who becomes particularly interested in a wealthy family in their neighbourhood and decide to infiltrate and manipulate the rich family. As their mission seems to become successful, the family is then thrown multiple curve balls as their fake identities and manipulative mission seems to head towards disaster.

The South Korean director shot to fame with his famous indie horror ‘The Host’. The film explores a monster that emerges from a river and starts attacking the locals. The film maker went on to make the cult following indie ‘Snowpiercer’ which we were fortunate to see at Edinburgh Film Festival back in 2014 and then made the Netflix backed ‘Okja’. The trend with Joon Ho’s work is that he’s clearly original, inventive and highly unpredictable in his storytelling. A varied background for the director goes to show his rise in working within different genres and this continues for ‘Parasite’. This is his best work as of yet, and will be his go to film for anyone to watch in years to come. ‘Parasite’ embodies different genres from comedy, drama and horror. His ability to use the camera and instil a new genre from one shot to another is marvellous. Doing that to the best effect is extremely difficult, but it all seems to second nature for Bong Joon Ho. There is one scene in particular which comes at around the middle of the movie where the story swings unexpectedly. The tone of the scene where the unemployed family are wining and dining in the rich families home whilst they are away for a camping weekend quickly escalates from a comedy scene to an intensely scary and creepy scene that follows.

Every single cast member in this film is excellent, but the exemplary actor of the whole film is the Father of the manipulative family who is a regular in Boon Jong Ho movies, Kang-ho Song. The famed South Korean superstar gets his chance to showcase his acting talent towards a wider audience with his performance in ‘Parasite’. This film is probably the widest release worldwide for the actor and it is probably one of his best performances and we wouldn’t if he was to be a dark horse in the Best Actor race for the Awards Season.

‘Parasite’ grabbed me from minute one. I couldn’t take my eyes off it and was completely captivated by the ensemble cast and the unknown of where the story was going to go. The fantastic use of multiple genres kept the film fresh throughout. We found ourselves laughing a lot but then having to readjust our seats as an extremely creepy and disturbing scene seems to creep up on us out of nowhere. This is helped along by the superb score by composer Jaeil Jung. It’s beautifully composed and fits in perfectly with the flow of the film. As Western cinemagoers, we are not fortunate enough to be able to see many Asian movies be shown in cinemas here. We are extremely fortunate to have had ‘The Farewell’ earlier in the year which was also fantastic, but to be treated to this film also is rare. Go and see this movie, we promise, you won’t regret it.

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