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Trivia for Parasite

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  • Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever do so.
  • This is the fourth film director Bong Joon Ho and actor Kang-ho Song collaborated.
  • Bong Joon Ho's first all-Korean production since Mother (2009).
  • In an interview with Korean magazine Cine21, Director Bong Joon Ho spoke of his experience in filming in a hyper-rich Korean home. He said his hand literally shook from anxiety when he was returning a trash can that was used as a prop: the trash can was of high-tech variety that stayed silent even when the lid was being closed and cost as much as US $2,500.
  • The third collaboration of director Bong Joon Ho and cinematographer Kyung-pyo Hong. Hong was also the cinematographer of the last year's Korean cinema at Cannes, Burning (2018).
  • Director Bong Joon Ho chose his long time collaborator Kang-ho Song and Woo-sik Choi, who was in Bong's last film Okja (2017), before picking any other actors of the movie while writing the script.
  • Ki-woo's job, at-home tutor, was chosen because director Bong Joon Ho realized that sadly the job is the only way that families from two extreme ends of the class spectrum in modern-day South Korea can cross their paths convincingly in the story arc.
  • Wide aspect ratio of 2.35 was chosen to accommodate the capture of large family group in a single frame, says director Bong Joon Ho.
  • Total number of principal photography sessions: 77. Reported production budget: KRW 13-15 billion (US $11-13 million as of May 2019).
  • 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; the final script was written in three and a half months.
  • The first song of the closing credits is written by director Bong Joon Ho himself and sung by lead actor Woo-sik Choi.
  • Winner of 2019 Official Competition Prize at Sydney Film Festival.
  • French visa # 150985.
  • The biggest Korean box office hit of all time in Indonesia, with approx. 500,000 audiences (as of July 28, 2019).
  • Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.
  • For Joon-ho Bong, Parasite is a tragicomedy that depicts the humor, horror and sadness that arise when you want to live a prosperous life together, but then you run up against the reality of just how difficult that can be.
  • Shot in 77 days.
  • The Parks' house, said in the film to be designed by a fictional architect named Namgoong Hyeonja, was a set completely built from scratch.
  • Asking them to refrain from spoilers, Joon-ho Bong released "A word of pleading" for international press before the Cannes premiere of the film.
  • When Ki-Woo asks about the tutoring job near the beginning of the film , a bus passes behind him. This bus was timed by the director to pass as he asks the question.
  • The film makes several nods to Alfred Hitchcock throughout. Stairs are used as a motif, voyeurism is used as characters watch scenes through windows 14 times, and (most obviously) there is a brief glimpse of an out of place Alfred Hitchcock collection in the Park's home.

Spoilers

  • In the movie, Ki-woo's forged certificate of enrollment shows it's supposedly from Yeonsei University, director Bong Joon Ho's alma mater.
  • Kang-ho Song is the favorite actor of Director Bong Joon Ho. Song starred in Bong's The Host (2006). At the end of The Host, Song kills a creature of ill Korean socio-economic problem after the creature killed his character's daughter by stabbing. At the end of Parasite, Song also stabs a knife through a creature of socio-economic enormity after his character's daughter was killed.
  • For the flood scene of the "poor" house, face mud mask was used to give the sewage water its brownish look.
  • The architect of the Park mansion shares the same family name with Kang-ho Song's character in Snowpiercer (2013), i.e. Namgoong. Song is a regular cast member of Bong Joon Ho's films.
  • The song playing in the background when the Kims get possession of Park's house is "In ginocchio da te" by Gianni Morandi. In the 1960s, Morandi was a star in Italian "musicarello" movies: it was usually a comedy genre, focused on the differences between poor and rich classes, just like Parasite is.
  • Joon-ho Bong's statement for the film: "For people of different circumstances to live together in the same space is not easy. It is increasingly the case in this sad world that humane relationships based on co-existence or symbiosis cannot hold, and one group is pushed into a parasitic relationship with another. In the midst of such a world, who can point their finger at a struggling family, locked in a fight for survival, and call them parasites? It's not that they were parasites from the start. They are our neighbors, friends and colleagues, who have merely been pushed to the edge of a precipice. As a depiction of ordinary people who fall into an unavoidable commotion, this film is: a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains, all leading to a violent tangle and a headlong plunge down the stairs. You are all invited to this unstoppably fierce tragicomedy."
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