Parasite - In Black & White!
Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Violence) ~ Runs 132 minutes
Dir.: Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2019
Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
In Korean with English subtitles
Special Black & White edition of 2019's Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, Screenplay, Director, and International Feature.
"Parasite is for many already an undeniable cinematic masterpiece. But for director Bong Joon Ho, it was his desire to create such a work of art that drove him to cut a black-and-white version of film. ‘I think it may be vanity on my part, but when I think of the classics, they’re all in black and white,’ he said. ‘So I had this idea that if I turned my films into black and white then they’d become classics.’ Bong explained that, as a child growing up in South Korea, his mother wouldn’t allow him to visit the cinema for fear of ‘bacteria’, so he watched all the masterpieces at home on a black-and-white tv. The new version of Parasite was actually made before the original colour edition had its premiere in Cannes... Bong, with his director of photographer and colourist, worked on the new grading shot by shot.” – Alex Ritman, Hollywood Reporter"
“It’s best to go into Parasite not knowing too much about what you’re about to see; the better to let its sly power sneak up on you. A dark satire of the class divide in contemporary South Korea, it’s the story of two families of four. One of them lives in a squalid basement apartment, dank and cluttered; all four members, including the grown son and daughter, are out of work, causing them to take desperation jobs like folding pizza boxes. The other family, the Parks, are wealthy, living in a vast, elegant home with green lawns and gleaming floors and a basement stocked with every imaginable need. These two families seem to be living in different worlds, and indeed they are... But those two worlds connect, in the movie’s early scenes: Ki-woo, the oldest son of the unemployed family, forges some university documents to get a job tutoring the Parks’ teenage daughter. Dazzled by the easy money, he encourages his sister Ki-jung to likewise fake her credentials and get hired as an art therapist for the Parks’ young son. And then … well, you’ll just have to get pulled in, as I was, watching as a deception gets spun tighter and tighter until you’re certain that something will snap, like a rubber band stretched beyond endurance. You’ll watch knowing you’re in the hands of a master filmmaker” - Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times. “Another wickedly clever tale from the director about class and survival, Parasite is a brilliant tonal juggling act that defies easy genre categorization. It fuses dark satire, suspense, and tragedy with incisive social commentary. It’s an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that keeps you guessing at every sharp turn, and by the end, leaves you a bit paralyzed by its magnificence.” - Oliver Whitney, GQ