Parasite in black and white

Showed at Images 2/28/2020–3/3/2020

Starring: Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Song Kang-ho

In Korean with English subtitles

Parasite, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and the new film from universally celebrated director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer and The Host), is thrillingly twisty while providing thought-provoking social commentary.

Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth, and the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together, and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When an unexpected interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, Comedy

“I’m extremely happy to present Parasite in black and white and have it play on the big screen. It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black-and-white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters.”

– Director Bong Joon-ho