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Gisaengchung (original title)
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Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (story), Bong Joon Ho (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Ki Taek (as Song Kang Ho)
Sun-kyun Lee ... Dong Ik (as Lee Sun Kyun)
Yeo-jeong Jo ... Yeon Kyo (as Cho Yeo Jeong)
Woo-sik Choi ... Ki Woo (as Choi Woo Shik)
So-dam Park ... Ki Jung (as Park So Dam)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Moon Gwang (as Lee Jung Eun)
Hye-jin Jang ... Chung Sook (as Chang Hyae Jin)
Myeong-hoon Park ... Geun Se (as Park Myeong Hoon)
Ji-so Jung ... Da Hye (as Jung Ziso)
Hyun-jun Jung ... Da Song (as Jung Hyeon Jun)
Keun-rok Park ... Driver Yoon (as Park Keun Rok)
Jeong Esuz Jeong Esuz ... CEO of Pizza Place (as Jeung Esuh)
Jo Jae-Myeong Jo Jae-Myeong ... CEO's Brother of Pizza Place
Ik-han Jung ... Neighbor (as Jung Ik Han)
Kim Gyu Baek Kim Gyu Baek ... Drunk Person 1
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Storyline

The Kims - mother and father Chung-sook and Ki-taek, and their young adult offspring, son Ki-woo and daughter Ki-jung - are a poor family living in a shabby and cramped half basement apartment in a busy lower working class commercial district of Seoul. Without even knowing it, they, especially Mr. and Mrs. Kim, literally smell of poverty. Often as a collective, they perpetrate minor scams to get by, and even when they have jobs, they do the minimum work required. Ki-woo is the one who has dreams of getting out of poverty by one day going to university. Despite not having that university education, Ki-woo is chosen by his university student friend Min, who is leaving to go to school, to take over his tutoring job to Park Da-hye, who Min plans to date once he returns to Seoul and she herself is in university. The Parks are a wealthy family who for four years have lived in their modernistic house designed by and the former residence of famed architect Namgoong. While Mr. and Mrs. Park ... Written by Huggo

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Misplaced familyhood (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(at around 19 mins) The peculiar self-portrait, made by her young son, that Mrs. Park (Yeo-jeong Jo) proudly shows off to Ki-Woo (Woo-sik Choi) on his first visit to the Parks, bears a very strong resemblance (altered, of course, to resemble a child's work) to the wild-eyed painting by the eccentric Mrs. Antony (Marion Lorne) of St. Francis, which her mad son Bruno (Robert Walker) finds amusing, in the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Strangers on a Train (1951). (A clip from the Hitchcock scene is viewable on YouTube.) That this resemblance is probably not coincidental is attested to by the numerous Hitchcockian themes and tropes scattered throughout this film, as well as the very prominent placement of a Hitchcock video in one shot. See more »

Goofs

They get out with their phones in pocket and go to their home completely drenched in rain and then into almost neck deep water, yet their phones keep working the next morning just fine as they all receive calls from the rich family. See more »

Quotes

Ki-taek: They are rich but still nice.
Chung-sook, Ki-taek's wife: They are nice because they are rich.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a black-and-white version. Instead of opting for a simple digital bleaching, Bong Joon Ho worked with a colorist and cinematographer to make sure each scene retained its texture. See more »


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In Ginocchio Da Te
Performed by Gianni Morandi
Sony Music
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An original dark comedy about class struggles
12 January 2020 | by impeyrules-54634See all my reviews

This is a well written and well perfomed original film. With a lot of repetitive cinema these day i felt this was something new. I felt connected and engaged with the character throughout the film. There are several well directed tense moments throughout the film. A popular topic of class struggled well portrayed. Its always nice to see foreign language films having worldwide success.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

寄生蟲 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$393,216, 13 October 2019

Gross USA:

$53,369,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,620,147
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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