brian-mcgee - August 15, 2019
Asian cinema has had a pretty good track record at the Cannes Film Festival the last two years with the incredibly moving Japanese drama Shoplifters taking home the Palme d'Or at the 2018 festival, and the South Korean film Parasite winning the award at this year's festival. The latter film is gearing up for a North American release later this year and the film's debut trailer promises yet another wholly unpredictable film from director Bong Joon-ho.
Bong Joon-ho's track record has been pretty spotless to date with his second feature film, 2003's Memories of Murder, being tied with Park Chan-wook's Oldboy for the best Korean film of the new millennium. His work since then has been pretty unimpeachable as well with such outstanding genre exercises as The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer, and Okja.
The interesting thing to note about his latest, Parasite, is that it seems to invoke one of the director's own personal favorite films, Akira Kurosawa's High and Low. A taut mystery set in the world of warring class factions, this looks to be another extremely interesting film from an extremely interesting director. Though the trailer doesn't reveal much beyond a rather morbid sense of humor, I'm hopeful that this means he's got something special in store with this one.
Parasite opens in limited release in North America beginning October 11.
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