Directed by Bong Joon-ho
“An escalating freak show of tension, surprise, and class rage.”—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja, The Host) brings his singular skillset home to Korea in this pitch-black modern parable of a searing class divide that premiered and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film focuses on the stark differences between two families brought together by mutual need. The Park family is the picture of aspirational wealth, while the Kim family is rich in street smarts, but not much else.
Sensing a golden opportunity, the Kim children, masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, 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 give the Kims a way out of their humble circumstances. This new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims’ newfound comfort. 2019, South Korea, DCP, in Korean with English subtitles, 132 minutes. Recommended for 16+.