Parasite (Korean: 기생충; RRGisaengchung) is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. The story follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.

  • Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2019, where it became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or.
  • The film received nearly unanimous critical acclaim and is considered by many critics to be the best film of 2019 and one of the best of the 2010s.
  • It grossed over $266 million worldwide on a production budget of about $11 million, becoming the highest-grossing South Korean film.
  • Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best PictureBest DirectorBest Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first non-English film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • It was also the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, and the first film since 1955’s Marty (and third film overall) to win both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and became the first film not in English to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
  • At the 56th Grand Bell Awards, Parasite earned a leading 11 nominations with 5 awards (the most for the show) to its name.

What’s so special in it?

The major amazing factor of the movie “Parasite” is the crossover writer-director’s original script, which has scored kudos from more than 20 critics organizations (it also won Best Picture from the L.A. Film Critics), and has picked up Critics’ Choice and Golden Globes norms.

Bong, who has called his movie a “tragicomedy,” said his inspiration came from an early job he held working for a wealthy family in South Korea — even though he got fired after two months, the foundation was set.

This is the story about infiltration. One family infiltrates to other family. This is in the middle of that process. —that kind of moment.” “Simply speaking, it’s just something like ‘Mission: Impossible,’ the TV series when I was a little kid. I was a huge fan. And this some kind of nerdy family version of ‘Mission: Impossible.’” 

Bong Joon Ho (with NY Times)

After watching the movie, we can understand the specialty of this movie its original screenplay and the way the director shows it on the screen. Here, “no film school” mentioned “5 lessons” that we can learn from Parasite.

5 Screenplay Lessons we can learn from ‘Parasite’:

Mixing of genres in a Screenplay:

Bong Joon Ho said the resulting movie’s genre feel wasn’t necessarily the plan for it going in.

“I never really defined the genre that I wanted the story to be in,” he said, “or what metaphors or symbols I should place within the story. I just wanted to depict very interesting and entertaining situations. I move through impulses… I tend to not like symbols, [and] I wanted this film to feel more physical.”

Bong Joon Ho

Outstanding Screenplays” mentioned about mixing of Genres in their latest video (mentioned below) explaining the concept of mixing of genres in the screenplay of Parasite movie and in their instagram page, they also mentioned the tips for mixing genres in a screenplay based on the Bong Joon Ho movie.

How I Wrote Parasite — Writing Advice from Bong Joon-Ho:

Parasite Screenplay:

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