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Parasite Black-And-White Edition

Bong Joon-ho

After its extraordinary success in Cannes and at this year's Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Independent Spirit Awards, Bong Joon Ho’s brilliant Palme d’Or-winner Parasite returns in this special black-and-white version. The transfer was done by director Bong and offers the lustrous contrasts of monochrome.

“Parasite returns in this special black-and-white version”

Kim Ki-taek (the wonderful Song Kang-ho) is an unemployed family man, patriarch of a family of schemers who live in an overcrowded, sordid basement flat. The Parks, on the other hand, live in a pristine, architecturally designed house with their teenage daughter Da-hye and spoiled young son Da-song. When Kim's son Ki-woo is hired by the Parks as Da-Hye's private English tutor, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide ‘indispensable’ luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. Life is sweet for a while, until a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort and a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

Politically charged, Parasite moves quickly from one tone to another, mixing pathos and satire with thrills and drama, in a perfectly controlled blend of many different genres. Gripping from beginning to end, this is without a doubt one of the mustsee films of the year.