NEON has released a second trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s latest film, the Palme d’Or winning Parasite, and it’s loaded with a wealth of accolades and critical raves that it continues picking up along its run through the film festival circuit.
Bong’s previous films have focused on diverse subject matters, pulling inspiration from comic books to true crime to politics, with everything constructed to showcase cinematic and narrative control so precise that he’s been catapulted to the top tier of masterclass filmmakers in a short period of time. From the true details of South Korea’s first serial killer in Memories of Murder (2003), to the destructive horror of environmental contamination in The Host (2006), and satirical indictments of the meat industry in Okja (2017), Bong has explored a variety of subjects to crowd-pleasing success, often through a genre lens. And now with Parasite, he’s tackling class conflict.
NEON has an official synopsis of the film:
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, Parasite showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
Bong’s latest film features frequent collaborator Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer), Park So-dam (The Priests), Choi Woo-shik (Train to Busan), and Jo Yeo-jeong (Obsessed).
Parasite opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 11th. 2019.
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