Directed by Bong Joon-ho
South Korea
131 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Winner of the Palme d'Or, renowned Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up to Okja (SFF 2017) is a thrilling, satirical take on income inequality as told through two families.

Bong regular Song Kang-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) plays Ki-taek, whose family of four is close, but hopelessly unemployed. Without prospects, they hustle as best they can to scrape up the money to survive in their subterranean apartment. Hope comes in the form of an unusual offer. The son, Ki-woo, is recommended for a very well-paid tutoring job. Though Ki-woo lacks a university degree, it turns out his sister Ki-jung is a master forger and soon, bearing a fake degree, he is being interviewed at the luxurious home of the very wealthy Park family. Ki-woo gets the job as tutor, and quickly realises that the Park family could well prove to be the solution to his family’s money problems. With every frame beautifully composed, Parasite vividly contrasts the two families using humour, mystery and a creeping sense of tension. Bong once again skillfully fuses genre elements with social critique in a wildly entertaining, visually extraordinary and intoxicating manner.

Meet the Filmmaker: Bong Joon-ho - Sunday 16 June, 2.15pm

Special Guest

Bong Joon-ho
Director, Screenwriter
Bong Joon-ho was born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969. He gained significant international attention in 2003 with the crime drama Memories of Murder (SFF 2004). His monster movie The Host (2006) and murder mystery Mother (2009) followed. He then made two English language films Snowpiercer (SFF 2014) and Okja (SFF 2017). Parasite (2019) was presented in the Cannes Competition.


Sat 15 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition, Selling Fast, Festival Guests
Unclassified 18+
South Korea
In Korean with English subtitles
Bong Joon-ho
Kwak Sin Ae, Moon Yang Kwon
Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong
Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
Hong Kyung Pyo
Yang Jinmo
Australian Premiere
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Asia, Cannes Selected, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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