Parasite Movie Poster


May 30, 2019
2hr 12min
Status: released

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  • Principal photography for Parasite began on 18 May 2018 and ended 124 days later on 19 September 2018. Filming took place around Seoul and in Jeonju.
  • The Parks’ house, said in the film to be designed by a fictional architect named Namgoong Hyeonja, was a set completely built from scratch.
  • This is the fourth film on which director Bong Joon Ho and actor Song Kang-ho collaborated.
  • At the Munich Film Festival, Bong Joon Ho said that he does not like screenwriting, and that it makes him nervous and insufferable to his family. The idea for Parasite has existed since 2015, and the final script was written in three and a half months.
  • The third film to win both the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture, after The Lost Weekend (1945) and Marty (1955). Of the three films, only this and the latter won unanimously at Cannes.
  • Both families’ homes were built from scratch as Bong Joon-ho wanted “full control” of their living spaces. The street outside the opening window is all a facade constructed inside a large water tank.
  • The soundtrack was published and released in Korea, in digital and physical formats, by Genie Music and Stone Music Entertainment on 30 May 2019. Internationally, it was released on 11 October 2019 by Milan Records.
  • Nominated for six Academy Awards (2020). It won four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best international Feature. It was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Production Design, but did not win in those categories.
  • First South Korean film to be nominated and to win the Oscar for “Best International Film” (2020) which was also the first year the category was renamed from “Best Foreign Film”.
  • This film is in the Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films on Letterboxd.
  • Parasite was rated as the best film of 2019 and was ranked 7th among the films with the highest scores of the decade. As of 20 November 2021, it is the 48th highest-rated film of all time on the website. The film ranked first in a survey by IndieWire of over 300 critics, in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film categories.
  • Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2019. The film was released in South Korea by CJ Entertainment on May 30, 2019, and received highly positive reviews from critics. It grossed over $263 million worldwide on a $15.5 million budget.
  • Neon acquired the US and Canadian rights to the film at the 2018 American Film Market. The film’s rights were also pre-sold to German-speaking territories (Koch Films), French-speaking territories (The Jokers) and Japan (Bitters End).