There have been so many adaptations of Korean movies in Bollywood. Most of them have flopped. Every director’s perception is different. That’s why only few of the adaptations turn out to be hits.
I was clueless that, one day, after so many years of film reviewing, I’d be writing about a Korean movie. Upon a friend’s recommendation and reading about the numerous nominations earned by this stupendous film, I am really honored to be writing about it. It has thrill, drama, romance and is topped with dark comedy. It also gives you some fantastic and satirical dialogue to look forward to.
After witnessing so many films and presenting my views for over 200 films, there have been only a few which have honestly impressed me. Parasite is one of them. Direction (by Bong Joon-ho) and cinematography (by Hong Kyung–po) are world class. The story, initially, would make you feel like this is going to be a waste of time. Wait for it. Trust me.
At the end of the film, I was literally sitting with a hand over my forehead, wondering, what have I just watched. Moreover, I was a little worried as to how I would understand a Korean film with only the subtitles and it would be really difficult for me to read the lines and watch the film simultaneously. Thankfully my friend solaced me to not worry and the fact that the tale would turn out to be gripping and vivid enough for me to not depend on the subtitles.
This is the first film of the decade, which has blown me away. I am surprised it came so soon. The fact that these kind of films hit the theater boost me and embolden me to critique movies. Screenplay (by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won), takes a tad bit to start blowing your mind. But when it does, it elevates from 12 feet to 12000 feet within a matter of seconds.
Actors & actresses, Song Kang-ho (as Kim Ki–taek) – worthy of being the director’s favorite, Chang Hyae–jin (as Chung-sook), Choi Woo-shik (as Kim Ki-woo), Park So-dam (as Kim Ki–jeong) – pretty and wicked, Lee Sung-kyun (as Park Dong-ik) – handsome acting, Cho Yeo–jeong (as Yeon–jyo) – queen of drama, Jeong ji-so (as Park Da–hye) – her character reminded me of the Hentai cartoon, Jung Hyeon-jun (as Park Da-song), Lee Jung-eun (as Gook Moon-gwang) – beautiful expressions and performance, and Park Myung–hoon (as Geun–sae) – exquisite and detailed, along with the apt background score (by Jung Jae–il) make Parasite reach to the next level.
Bong’s portrayal of every character’s emotions and the consequence post those emotions is adroitly shown. Motion pictures like these keep my belief in cinema alive. This is my 2020’s first recommend. Catch it before it leaves the theaters.