What are the top things you need to know about the 2020 Best Picture winner Parasite?

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Parasite is a South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam as the Kim family. Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jung Ji-so, and Jung Hyeon-jun comprise the Park family. The film follows the story of the members of the Kim family as they scheme to become employed by the wealthy Park family. They infiltrate their household posing as highly qualified individuals. The film chronicles how they all get hired and the lengths they took to secure their new-found employment. The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on the 21st of May 2019. It was the first Korean film to win the Palme d'Or by unanimous votes, a feat that has not been achieved since 2013's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

The film's accolades and achievements don't stop there. It received universal acclaim when it premiered in South Korea on May 30, 2019. It's hailed as one of the best South Korean films ever made and one of the best films of that decade and became the highest-grossing South Korean film ever. Internationally, it received accolades from the 92nd Academy Awards and 77th Golden Globe Awards. As well as the 73rd British Academy Film Awards and from the Screen Actors Guild. With so much hype and buzz around the film, also comes some quite interesting facts about it that we try to tackle in our list below. Check out some of the top things that you need to know about the 2020 Best Picture winner Parasite.

  1. 1The Film Was Inspired By Bong Joon-ho's Own Experiences


    Some of the best stories ever told on film are the ones that are based on real-life events and experiences. This was exactly the case with the film, Parasite, which was inspired by the experiences of none other than its director himself, Bong Joon-ho. In his early 20s, Bong was a math tutor to a son of an affluent family in Seoul. He was introduced to the family through his girlfriend, now wife, who was already working for the family as an English tutor. 

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  1. 2Bong Joon-ho Started Writing The Film While Working On Snowpiercer and Okja


    They say good things take time and Bong Joon-ho took his time writing Parasite, starting as early as 2013. In fact, the timeframe that it took for him to write the film puts it directly between the two other projects that he worked on, Snowpiecer and Okja. As he was just about to wrap up Snowpiecer, he wrote a 15-page treatment for the first half of Parasite. He was not alone though as he asked the help of that then production assistant, Han Jin-won, to conduct research for him for the second part, which he ended up co-writing with Bong.

  2. 3This Is The 4th Project That Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho Has Worked Together


    Over the course of years working together, an inevitable strong bond and friendship are bound to develop. For those who don't know, director Bong Joon-ho and acclaimed actor Song Kang-ho have already worked together 4 times, including Parasite. The two started their careers at about the same time and both knew how hard their early years in the industry were. In an interview, Bong said that the film's script had a lot of bold, unexpected, or somewhat controversial moments in its latter part. Having Song Kang-ho in mind resolved the fears and concerns he had while writing it.

  1. 4The Two Houses Featured In The Movie Were Both Built From Scratch


    If you've seen the film, you'll notice that the majority of the film takes place in two locations, the Kim family's old, rundown home, and the Park family's prestigious, labyrinthian mansion home. The Park family's home was built on a vacant lot in Jeonju. While the Kims' basement-level apartment and surrounding neighborhood were built inside a large water tank. This stark contrast between these two homes was deliberately highlighted in the film with the use of parallel front-facing windows for each house. Bong believed that even though both families look out the same window, they see different things. 

  2. 5A Possible Parasite Limited Series Is Being Developed For HBO


    The project is still very much in early development and not much is known about it yet but a Parasite limited series might come from HBO. We do know that Bong Joon-ho will work alongside director and producer, Adam McKay. He worked on the critically acclaimed satirical drama-comedy TV series, Succession. In an interview, he said "With cinema, you're limited to a two-hour running time. But there were so many stories that I thought of that could happen in between the sequences you see in the film, and some background stories for each character," said the director. "So, with the TV series for Parasite, I think we'll be able to create a high-quality, expanded film."


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