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Parasite

Parasite: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam

parasite movie cast and synopsis
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General Information

  • International Title: Parasite
  • Original Title: 기생충 (romanization: Gisaengchung)
  • Genre: Black Comedy, Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime: 131 mins
  • Released Date: 2019.05.30
  • Streaming: Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu
  • International Distributor: CJ Entertainment
  • Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam
  • Director: Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won
  • Writer: Bong Joon Ho
  • Rating: IMDb (8.6/10) & Rotten Tomatoes (98%)
  • Awards: Palme d’Or at 2019 Cannes Film Festival, 92nd Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best International Film)

Synopsis

Parasite movie follows the social stratification in Korean society depicted by two different families. The Kims are used to living in a poverty spending their lives in a small semi-basement apartment. One day, the eldest son, Ki Woo, gets a job as a private tutor for daughter of Park family. Park family comes from wealthy family background with high social status. The conflict rises when Ki Woo tries to make his family members working for Park family. First, Ki Jung enters the house as an art therapist for the youngest son of Park family. Following it, he manipulates some facts in order to get his parents in. His father, Ki Taek, becomes private chauffeur while his mother, Chung Sook, is hired as a housekeeper.

Main Cast

song kang ho parasite movie
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Character name: Kim Ki Taek
Actor name: Song Kang Ho
Song Kang Hos notable works: A Taxi Driver, The Age of Shadows, The Attorney, The Face Reader, Secret Sunshine, Memories of Murder, etc

lee sun kyun gisaengchung

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Character name: Park Dong Ik
Actor name: Lee Sun Kyun
Lee Sun Kyun’s notable works: Land of Happiness, Silence, Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP, A Hard Day, Dr. Brain (drama), My Mister (drama), Pasta (drama), Coffee Prince (drama), etc

choi woo shik parasite movie
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Character name: Kim Ki Woo
Actor name: Choi Woo Shik
Choi Woo Shik’s notable works: Time to Hunt, The Divine Fury, Okja, Train To Busan, Our Beloved Summer (drama), Fight for My Way (drama), etc

gisaengchung park so dam
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Character name: Kim Ki Jung
Actress name: Park So Dam
Park So Dam’s notable works: Phantom, Fukuoka, The Priests, Record of Youth (drama), Cinderella and the Four Knights (drama), Beautiful Mind (drama), etc

Extended Cast

Cho Yeo Jeong as Yeon Kyo
Jang Hye Jin as Chung Sook
Jung Ji So as Park Da Hye
Jeong Hyun Ju as Park Da Song
Lee Jung Eun as Moon Gwang
Park Myung Hoon as Oh Geun Sae
Park Keun Rok as Yoon

Cameo & Special Appearance

Park Seo Joon as Min Hyuk
Jung Yi Seo as pizza manager
Park Jae Wan as man at party
Lee Joo Hyung as man at party
Kim Ha Eon as boy at party
Je Seung Hyun as woman at party
Ha Yun Hui as woman at party
Lee Sang Kyung as woman at party
Lee Ji Hye as vocalist
Kim Bo Ryung as cellist
Yoon Hye Ri as reporter
Go Gwan Jae as doctor
Lee Si Hoon as detective
Kim Kyu Baek as drunk man
Lee Dong Yong as drunk man
Ahn Seong Bong as provocator on street

Character Relationship Chart

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Original Soundtrack

“Soju One Glass” by Choi Woo Shik

Teaser & Trailer Videos

Awards & Nominations

92nd Academy Awards – February 10, 2020

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Director (“Bong Joon Ho”)
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best International Feature Film

2020 BAFTA Awards

  • Best Screenplay (Original)
  • Best Film Not in the English Language

56th BaekSang Arts Awards – June 5, 2020

  • Grand Prize / Daesang (“Bong Joon-Ho”)
  • Best Film
  • Best New Actor (“Park Myoung Hoon”)

2020 Golden Globes

  • Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

40th Blue Dragon Film Awards – November 21, 2019

  • Best Film
  • Best Director (“Bong Joon Ho”)
  • Best Actress (“Cho Yeo Jeong”)
  • Best Supporting Actress (“Lee Jung Eun”)
  • Best Art Design (“Lee Ha Joon”)

2019 Cannes Film Festival (Palme d’Or)

Trivia

  • Parasite is the first Korean movie which receives Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival
  • It premiered at 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2019
  • It becomes Song Kang Ho‘s fourth project with director Bong Joon Ho after Memories of Murder, The Host, and Snowpiercer
  • Bong Joon Ho sketched the Park family’s house basic structure and he even consulted it to architect
  • Parasite becomes Choi Woo Shik’s second movie collaborated with director Bong Joon Ho after Okja (2017)
  • Parasite is the first foreign language film that wins Best Picture at Academy Awards

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