So, it’s no secret to longtime readers of the Vanyaland film section that we’re huge fans of Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho, whose last picture, the incredibly beautiful and moving Okja, wound up on our list of our favorite movies of 2017. Ever since we heard that the master filmmaker would be debuting a new film, Parasite, at Cannes this year, we’ve waited patiently and excitedly for our first taste of it.
Admittedly, it got harder and harder as we heard all of our colleagues freak out about it, and almost unbearably so once Bong beat out filmmakers like Terrence Malick and Quentin Tarantino on his way to winning Cannes’ highest honor, the Palme D’Or, at the festival back in May. But, thankfully, the wait for a trailer is over, as Neon, the film’s U.S. distributor, dropped one for our viewing pleasure earlier on Wednesday. In short, it rules.
Here’s a synopsis:
“Meet the Park Family: The picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children 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 obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.”
Parasite will screen at this year’s TIFF (which is where we’ll hopefully see it), but it’ll hit theaters in the US soon after on October 11. Did you know that this movie is already out in Australia? Weird, huh?