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What does 'Parasite' tell us?

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By Chang Se-moon

The word parasite usually refers to an animal that lives in or on another type of animal. Parasite may also mean a person who makes a living by stealing money or food from other people.

Who exactly the parasites are in the movie "Parasite" is subject to opinion. Before discussing further, let us first give credit to those who deserve praise for making the international, award-winning movie.

"Parasite" was directed by Bong Joon-ho and produced by Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, Bong Yok-cho, and Jang Young-hwan. The movie was first shown on May 21, 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival, and was released in Korea on May 30 that year.

The film's plot revolves around members of a poor family making elaborate plans to become employed by a wealthy family. The poor family pretend not to be related and pose as two highly-qualified tutors, a driver, and a housekeeper. The movie has been applauded as one of the greatest films to come from Korea, and its numerous awards certainly seem to support this claim.

"Parasite" won the Palme d'Or award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and, at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, it won the award for best foreign language film.

It went on to win the best film not in the English language and best original screenplay awards at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, and........

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