O@tM: Parasite (Gisaengchung)


All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-taek, and his equally unambitious family–his supportive wife, Chung-sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo–occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an insidiously subtle scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite?

IMDb: 8.6

Myeong-hoon Park and Jeong-eun Lee in Gisaengchung (2019)
Not all Asians always do look super duper clever

To write a review about Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is a task I’m pushing along of me since quite some weeks/months now. And never did I find an angle in which to tackle this review. For plenty reasons:

Yeo-jeong Jo in Gisaengchung (2019)

It’s a near-perfect movie! And as you know it’s not easy to write lengthy essays about shit that just works and does what it’s supposed to do. We rather spend our time and creativity on nagging and cursing some really shitty bad stuff, don’t we?

Woo-sik Choi in Gisaengchung (2019)

I didn’t like it! Not a bit. Not that I wasn’t at the edge of my seat the whole time, my eyes glued on the screen … I just didn’t like what I was shown there. And admitting to my no likey would out me as a primitive brute, a savage, a Trumpist. 😮 Particularly since the whole internet, at least the movie critics on YouTube, is madly in love with Parasite, who the fuk am I, how dare I not loving it madly?

Woo-sik Choi and So-dam Park in Gisaengchung (2019)

Many of you may have noticed in the last 13 years, since I was born into Second Life, that Orca is a weirdo, awkward and unsocial, plagued by OCD (Obnoxious Cunt Disease) and a severe lack of warmth and lovable character. And there is my problem with Parasite and Bong Joon Ho’s oeuvre at large: Bong’s primary interest is family and social constructs around human people. And that is a topic super duper far removed from my personal interest zone.

Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in people, how they react in different situations was at the core of my own – badly failed – novel trilogy. But that was a situation pushed onto my characters from the outside. An intergalactic war. Always a good background for people to show their most noblest and their scumbag sides. All of Bong’s movies have families at their center. Even his screenplay for The Host forced our attention on the family, and turned the real monster in a kinda sideshow. In fact it was again more about what people do to people instead of what the evil monster does to them. Not my sort of film. :/

And when I thought about this, my problem with Parasite I found out, I really didn’t like any of Ho’s movies. Okja was totally Meh for me, the famed Memories of Murder too slow and anticlimactic.

Yeo-jeong Jo in Gisaengchung (2019)

And Snowpiercer? The fabled, the legendary, the famous Snowfuknpiercer? Totally overrated piece of social criticism, packed into lame-o action cinema. And yet another Bong Joon Ho flick I never dared reviewing. 😮

Gisaengchung (2019)
Awwww… 😉

So, now that I wrote a lot about Bong Joon Ho, his movies and screenplays and that I don’t like them and have degraded myself to a uncivilized troglodyte, unable to see greatness when it slaps her in the face. Let’s have a quick peek at the fukn movie, ya?

Kang-ho Song and Hye-jin Jang in Gisaengchung (2019)


See, now I’m stalling again, unable to find a segue into Parasite. Okay, no, yes, okay, we start with the camera and lighting: Perfect. Production design: Excellent. Acting: Great from the whole ensemble. Screenplay: Perfectly gripping and entertaining. But I wasn’t entertained, I was awkwardly raped by the movie and felt ashamed for most of the characters. Didn’t wanna have nothing to do with any of the lot and was angry at the director for forcing me to watch all those assholes for two hours.

Kang-ho Song in Gisaengchung (2019)

This obviously was a really great film for most normal people. Even hubby loved it to bits. Alas, it wasn’t mine. And our most beloved Korean actor, the always formidable Kang-ho Song is getting old. 😦

Yeo-jeong Jo in Gisaengchung (2019)

But what bugged me about the screenplay, like really bothered me, were the two families. The victims are perfectly naiive, bordering on gullible, and just blasé enough for us not to like them.

But what our protagonist family does is really atrocious. They are bad people. Fact. And we are supposed to root for them? No worries, we did root for them. But should we?

Yeo-jeong Jo and Jeong-eun Lee in Gisaengchung (2019)

Hmmm, just getting an idea, a maybe cathartic solution for my problem: Since hubby and me have watched most of Bong Joon Ho’s and other Korean director’s movies, maybe I should make a Korea special for this blog. And since we’ve watched a lot of Japanese movies, too, that I never reviewed for my blog … maybe a Asia Special?

Okay, now I let the better reviewers, the ones without personality problems, talk about the Parasite movie:

Gisaengchung (2019)

Gisaengchung (2019)


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