10th Feb 2020 update: By shattering the 92 years of Oscar History, the South Korean thriller ‘Parasite’, becomes the first Non-English Movie to win the top Academy Award. Hollywood clearly knows where there is money. The present and the future in the 21st century is clearly Asia (read as China first).
It was a Japanese film “Shoplifters (2018)” that was the star in the last year’s Chennai International Film Festival. This year it was the Korean film “Parasite (2019)” screened today that got honours. In their unique ways, both the films shine a light on the growing gap between the super-rich and the poor in the developed world of Japan and South Korea.
Parasite (Gisaengchung) is about how a poor family of a father, mother, son and a daughter, all jobless con their way into a wealthy household on false pretences. First, the son enters as an English teacher, he then ropes in his sister as his cousin’s friend who is a great arts coach, following them the father arrives as the driver and the mother as the housekeeper pushing out the existing staff. Being naïve, the wife of the wealthy businessman believes their stories and trusts them a lot. What happens after that, did their identity get revealed is the story.
The first half of the film was hilarious. The second half was more of action. The climax was unexpected and was hard to watch.
Don’t miss this film.