Gisaengchung [Parasite] (2019)

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writer: Bong Joon Ho, Jin-won Han
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Cho, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Lee Jeong-eun, Jang Hye-jin, Park Myeong-hoon, Ji-so Jung, Hyun-jun Jung
Seen on: 22.10.2019

Content Note: (critical treatment of) classism

The Kim family – father Ki Taek (Kang-ho Song), mother Chung Sook (Jang Hye-jin) and their adult children Ki Woo (Woo-sik Choi) and Ki Jung (So-dam Park) – are barely scraping by on odd jobs, and the occasional grift. When Ki Woo hears of a position as an English teacher for the wealthy Park family, or rather their daughter, it’s a foot in the door for the entire Kim family. And they have no qualms seizing every opportunity, no matter what it may mean for other people.

Parasite is a fascinating film that develops in unexpected directions more than once. It alls packs quite the social commentary. I really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing the Kim family lounging in the Park family home. Their eyes are covered as if to anonymize them. A pair of naked legs can be seen at the front of the image.
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Geomeun sajedeul [The Priests] (2015)

Geomeun sajedeul
Director: Jae-hyun Jang
Writer: Jae-hyun Jang
Cast: Yun-seok Kim, Dong-won Gang, Byeong-ok Kim, Eui-sung Kim, Ho-jae Lee, So-dam Park, Jo Soo-Hyang
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Young-shin (So-dam Park) was hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident. But maybe that’s not the only thing that’s wrong with her – she seems to be possessed by a demon. So Father Kim (Yun-seok Kim) and Deacon Choi (Dong-won Gang) start to investigate her case to see if its a human or a supernatural issue. But Choi is also supposed to keep an eye on Kim who has drawn suspicion in the church. And Choi does have his own demons to battle as well.

While I liked the idea of a Korean catholic exorcism film, I can’t say that The Priests managed to convince me. There was simply too much that didn’t work for me (and the program that showed it at around 3am didn’t do it any favors, either).

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