Parasite Black and White Edition at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 3 October 2020, from £5.50 - Book now
Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite broke all kinds of records when it was released into UK cinemas at the start of the year. This September, HOME are bringing it back as part of their reopening film programme — this time in a special black and white edition, overseen by the director.
Billed as offering the “lustrous contrasts of monochrome”, the spiky, socially-conscious Korean thriller follows two families, the Kims and the Parks. We meet the Kim family — father Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho), mother Chung-sook (Chang Hyae-jin), son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik), and daughter Ki-jeong (Park So-dam) – living in their semi-basement apartment. As with many around them, they struggle for work, existing on odd jobs such as folding pizza boxes.
slick technique and compelling characters have earned its director comparisons to Spielberg and even Hitchcock
The Kims’ fortunes take a turn when Ki-woo is offered the chance to tutor Da-hye (Jeong Ji-so), the high school aged daughter of the wealthy Park family. Armed with forged documents, Ki-woo pretends to be a college student and ingratiates himself with the family, particularly gullible mother Yeon-gyo (Cho Yeo-jeong.) He recommends his sister who impersonates an art therapist to teach the Parks’ youngest son — and budding Basquiat — Da-song (Jung Hyeon-jun.) Before long the pair have tricked and schemed their parents into jobs within the household too.
Parasite is a film built on suspense and sleight of hand. Its slick technique and compelling characters have earned its director comparisons to Spielberg and even Hitchcock. Director Bong deftly orientates us in the Parks’ modernist house, as its pristine staircases, huge windows and sheltered garden prove a playground for deception and, eventually, violence. Bong’s previous two films, Snowpiercer and Okja were also concerned with social inequality, but in their use of metaphor and sci-fi elements they felt overly straightforward. Parasite is greyer, knottier – and all the better for it.
Parasite Black and White Edition at HOME Manchester, Manchester