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‘Parasite’ succeeds in mixing laughs with thrills

Teddy Hans

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, June 28, 2019  /  02:31 pm
‘Parasite’ succeeds in mixing laughs with thrills

Survival: The poor Kim family does anything to get by. (CJ Entertainment/-)

Bong Joon-Ho’s dark comedy-thriller Parasite takes a sharp look at how societal differences can tear people apart. The thriller, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, is the first Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and one of the most prestigious awards in the entire industry. Parasite tells the story of the poor Kim family, who live in a tiny apartment folding pizza boxes to get by. The patriarch of the family, Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song) is an unemployed former driver, who, along with his wife and two children in their early 20s, does whatever he can to cut costs. Their thrifty ways include heading to one corner of the bathroom that allows them to access their neighbor’s Wi-Fi and letting fumigation from the street into their apartment to save on bug repellent. Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi), the son of the family, has a fr...