For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
5,028 Ratings


기생충 | Gisaengchoong

Directed by Bong Joon-ho
South Korea, 2019
Drama, Comedy, Crime


All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Parasite Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2019 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2020 | 4 wins including: Best Picture

2020 | 2 nominations including: Best Film Editing

Independent Spirit Awards

2020 | Winner: Best International Film

Its refusal to see out the contract of the blockbuster and deliver the world-saving (and audience-saving) plan offers a curious, welcome release for the audience, rich and poor alike: Parasite takes you into an abyss that is also your abyss but tells you that it will not deliver you.
February 13, 2020
Read full article
This year’s big [Oscar] winner, Parasite, confirms that the Academy’s basic history of film-industry acclamation has always been a matter of celebrityhood, mitigated by the memory of real glamour, and combined with airhead simple-mindedness.
February 10, 2020
Read full article
Denying that Bong’s work was leading to this galvanizing movie which has really shocked people into further questioning the wealth gap and understanding the precariousness of the urban underclass in an era of climate change was reactionary in some kind of new pop culture way.
February 07, 2020
Read full article

What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Parasite

    In the vicinity of Lanthimos-like zoological diminution of the human being, Joon-Ho's finely scripted and intelligently delivered caustic satire of stratified Korea (internally and in relation to N.Korea) turns the obvious analogies of parasitical existence into a multi-layered (though at points contrived) analysis of sub-proletariat resentment and the false-consciousness that sustains it. Reactionary, but well-made.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Parasite

    [UCI] Pretty hard to pin down. I do love me a huis clos tho. And this one is one of the best of that genre. I'd say part Funny Games, part Shoplifters, part Tokyo Godfathers. It has American, European and Asian influences and that is quite rare: a film That stretchy and broad. Not just from where it drinks but also for what it provides to the audience: mixing art-house, thriller, dramedy and high-brow horror. (...)▽

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Parasite

    If Bong seems to exist between genres, it's because he pairs the absurdity of comedy with action where laughter is an unlikely fit. Like the Coens, he tells stories that could go in any direction—and creates worlds where those directions feel plausible. This thriller is less warm than The Host, less abrasive than Mother, and less balanced than Memories. But for 2019, its mix of empathy and bitter dismay is haunting.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Parasite

    The People Under the Stairs. "Parasite" cleverly re-invents the home invasion thriller as a con man lark. Bong Joon-ho spends the first hour lulling the viewer with sharp comedy and social satire before revealing the movie's subterranean depths with a Hitchcockian flair. If I'm underselling the film's many delights, it may be because the director makes his delicate balancing act of humor and terror seem effortless.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Parasite

    Cinema. "Memories of Murder" and "The Host" have set Joon-ho apart in contemporary cinema, and if his subsequent films have not always confirmed these heights, they have not denied it either, and this formal genre-matching exercise only confirms it again, with a sense of suspension belief and pop liberation that, for example, surpasses the recent Tarantino films. It's also, as usual, a far-reaching political act.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Parasite

    we are all strangers until we are not. we are all invisible until we are not

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Parasite

    Many has already said it and I am just gonna be a broken record about it: PARASITE is Bong Joon-ho magnum opus. His best film to date. Insanely unpredictable, oftentimes hilarious. In a David Ehrlich two movies combination palette manner, it’s Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s DOGTOOTH.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Parasite

    An incredible film that denies any straight-up classification. While elements of the story, dialogues, and some situations are comic - most of the time laugh is the last thing you'd think of. The film juggles different genres so seamlessly... A beautifully shot and acted portrayal of "modern" class struggle, where social and economic injustice seems to be represented in the form of a "basement", a trap. Top cinema!

Related films