Parasite movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Parasite is a brilliant Korean dark-comedy that’s funny, entertaining and unsettling. Bong Joon-ho directs this intelligent masterpiece satire containing violence and profanity.


A struggling family sees an opportunity when the son starts working for a wealthy family. Greed and class discrimination threaten the new relationship between the families as they all begin working under the same household and start living a parasitic life.

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Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin
Writer: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
Release Date (Australia): 15 June 2019
Runtime: 132 minutes/2h 12m
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean


Themes (M)

Themes in the film include several lengthy intense scenes and disturbing scenes. A young boy has a traumatic experience, implicitly seizure-inducing, where he sees a man who he believes is a ghost.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains brief strong violence in which there are depictions of multiple people being hit with rocks, stabbed and cut, accompanied by large amounts of bloody detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes uses of the words “f**k” and “s**t”, in addition to use of the words “hell”, “bitch” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains very mild verbal drug references, including references to cocaine and buying drugs.

Nudity (G)

A woman’s upper breasts are briefly viewed as her husband rubs his hands on her body.

Sex (M)

The film contains moderate verbal sexual references and a lengthy scene in which a couple engage in sexual activity as they masturbate each other.

mpaa rating

R (for language, some violence and sexual content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Director Bong Joon-ho has created an unforgettable masterpiece. Not only has he portrayed this Korean dark comedy in a way that’ll haunt us, but he’s involved such entertaining and shocking intensity that’ll we’ll never ever let go of. Parasite without a doubt lives up to the hype of being one of the best films of 2019 and pretty much the whole decade!

It’s just impossible not to enjoy this creepily hysterical gem! That’s right. “Creepily hysterical”. One thing every audience will remember is the fact that it’s darkly funny and disturbing, but they’ll mainly remember how creepy and unsettling this social satire was. Parasite includes scenes and elements that manage to make us admit that some short moments in this movie are scarier and more creepier than 95% of horror movies. The majority of horror films today aren’t scary, and a dark comedy succeeds to terrify? True.

But of course the performances are great and the storyline grabs our attention. Don’t focus on the fact that this movie is a foreign language, because it’s almost perfect if it weren’t for being a little extended. If you’re planning to watch this chilling thriller, you’ll truly need to avoid all spoilers and prepare to be amazed, shaken and shocked.

Both halves of the movie are great. “Halves” means the comical and chucklesome first hour being connected to the shocking, thrilling and disturbing second hour. You’ll surely enjoy this excellent award-winner with intelligent ideas. Make Parasite a must-watch.

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