Critics have referred to as Parasite a “flat-out masterpiece,” “the most important film of the year,” and “a must-see thriller.” Exterior of movie festivals and some theaters in New York and Los Angeles, comparatively few individuals have had the possibility to see Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed movie. However the 1% who has can’t cease raving about it.

So that you is perhaps questioning what all of the fuss is about, although if you already know something concerning the movie, you’ve in all probability heard that audiences aren’t presupposed to reveal an excessive amount of after seeing it.

Beneath we break down the whole lot you should know (with out spoilers!) concerning the cinematic South Korean sensation that’s breaking field workplace information in its preliminary restricted launch and producing early Oscar buzz.

What’s the large deal about ‘Parasite’?

There’s all the time a scorching new movie that movie critics and journalists dub a “must-see.” However the pleasure surrounding Parasite far surpasses the standard hype. The movie’s mystique has taken on legendary proportions.

The thrill surrounding Parasite started again in Could when it received the distinguished Palme d’Or on the Cannes Movie Competition, changing into the primary South Korean movie to take action. It then blazed by means of the worldwide pageant circuit, promoting out screenings at Telluride and the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, and flooring audiences at Unbelievable Fest and the New York Movie Competition.

It’s such a sensation that even different movie administrators are urging individuals to go see the film. Josh and Benny Safdie, administrators of one other attainable awards contender Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler, tweeted about Parasite, writing “Don’t ask questions, don’t read about it, just see it. Director Bong and his incredible cast will use your mind as a host as they show you how absurd our invisible rules are.”

Director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) tweeted, “This film is astounding. Bong Joon-Ho is peerless right now in genre storytelling. Dizzyingly efficient, funnier than anything, totally bananas, and deeply deeply sad.”

Who’s Bong Joon-ho?

Though he is probably not a family identify within the U.S. (although that would simply change), Bong is a global auteur and style grasp whose movies embody the crime drama Reminiscences of Homicide (2003), the monster film The Host (2006), and his first English-language movie, the dystopian thriller Snowpiercer (2013).

With a $40 million funds, and a global forged together with Chris Evans, Tune Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer, Snowpiercer stays the costliest Korean manufacturing ever. Bong adopted that up with Okja (2017) a family-friendly journey movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton that premiered (to controversy) in Cannes earlier than streaming on Netflix (Cannes not permits Netflix’s movies in competitors).

Bong enjoys considerably of a cult following amongst cineastes and on Twitter, the place the hashtag #BongHive unites his followers.

What’s ‘Parasite’ about?

Parasite is a biting social satire about financial inequality seen by means of the symbiotic relationship between a destitute South Korean household, the Kims, and a rich household, the Parks. When the Kim kids infiltrate the Park Household family, the facility stability shifts is surprising methods. (Once more, no spoilers!)

Writing for Fortune not too long ago, Isaac Feldberg calls Parasite “a home-invasion story tailor-made for our times” that “toggles between giddy farce, Hitchcockian suspense, and mordant slapstick.”

Why is there a
spoiler alert?

Earlier than Parasite premiered on the Cannes Movie Competition in Could, Bong wrote an open letter to the press wherein he pleaded with them to not reveal something concerning the movie that wasn’t within the movie’s trailer.

“When you write a review for this film, please refrain as much as possible from revealing how the story unfolds after the brother and sister start working as private tutors, an event which is disclosed in the film’s trailers,” Bong wrote.

As with previous movies reminiscent of The Crying Recreation, Get Out, The Sixth Sense, and others, there’s a giant twist that’s higher skilled firsthand. The intrigue over the movie’s cryptic—and secret—ending is fueling demand to see it.

What field workplace information has ‘Parasite’ set?

Throughout its Oct. 11 opening weekend in New York and Los Angeles theaters, Parasite raked in an estimated $376,264 from simply three theaters, posting a per-location common of $125,421—the best of the 12 months and the biggest ever for a global movie within the U.S. the perfect per-screen haul since La La Land.

Each weekend screening of the movie on the IFC Heart in New York, some that includes Q&As with Bong and forged members Tune Kang-Ho and Park So-dam, bought out on opening day.

When can audiences exterior N.Y. and L.A. see ‘Parasite’?

Parasite will slowly make its approach across the nation, hitting seven markets—together with San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C. this week and 15 markets the next week. Examine right here to see the place and when Parasite shall be screening close to you.

Elissa Federoff, head of theatrical distribution for Neon, the movie distributor behind Parasite, informed Deadline that she expects the movie to be screening in 85 to 100 screens within the high 25 markets by the top of October.

“From there, it’s going to be a bit more of a ‘watch and see’ strategy,” says Federoff. “I would like it to be on as many screens as we can possibly be. We hope to be on a robust number of screens by mid-November.”

Neon can have a busy awards season, given it is usually distributing different awards contenders, together with pageant favourite Portrait of a Woman on Fireplace and acclaimed documentaries Apollo 11, Honeyland, and The Largest Little Farm.

The corporate introduced I, Tonya to the Oscars in 2018, the place it was nominated for a number of awards and earned Allison Janney an Oscar for Finest Supporting Actress. However the indie distributor has but to land a Finest Image nomination.

Can this critics’ darling proceed its field workplace growth because it
expands past coastal tradition capitals?

“The true check shall be seeing if these rabid Los Angeles and New
York field workplace numbers translate to equally sturdy ones as soon as it expands,” says
Erik Anderson, founding father of Awardswatch, an internet site dedicated to leisure
awards predictions.

Does ‘Parasite’ have a shot at a Finest Image Academy Award?

In a phrase, sure. However there’s much more to it.

Parasite is extensively thought of the frontrunner to win greatest worldwide characteristic movie (previously “greatest foreign-language movie) and can doubtless be within the working for Finest Cinematography, Finest Director, and different Oscar classes.

Given the essential acclaim surrounding it (at press time, it’s 99% on Rotten Tomatoes), awards consultants are saying it has a shot at a Finest Image nomination, which might be a primary for South Korea. Final 12 months, Lee Chang-dong’s psychological drama Burning turned the primary Korean movie to make it to the ultimate nine-film shortlist for Finest Overseas Language Movie, however it fell wanting a nomination.

Greater than half of the awards consultants on Gold Derby embody it on their record of Finest Image predictions. Anderson bumped it as much as the quantity two spot in his newest Frontrunner Friday report.

Primarily based on historic precedent, the percentages of Parasite being nominated for a Finest Image aren’t in its favor. Solely 11 overseas language movies have ever been nominated for Finest Image, together with final 12 months’s Roma, the crowd-pleasing Life is Lovely, and classics reminiscent of Jean Renoir’s La Grande Phantasm and Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers.

If Parasite defies standard knowledge and manages to take house Finest Image, it could be the primary non-English language movie to nab an Oscar in that class. The movie’s well timed examination of revenue inequality and sophistication rage, delivered in a crowd-pleasing style, may make it the underdog to observe come awards time.

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