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    Bong Joon-Ho's Parasite

    This is getting a pretty fancy Blu-ray release from Plain Archive.

    http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/product/d...=9791196076061

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    More pictures at the link. It comes with a copy of the screenplay, which is cool, though I wouldn't be able to read it.

    I can't confirm English subs on that page though. Hmmm....
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    PA will put a big "warning disclaimer" if the Blu Ray doesn't include English subs. I don't see one here and also the fact that PA is noting the booklet is Korean only leads me to believe it will have subs.
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    Thanks, I didn't realize that they did that with the disclaimer, that's genuinely handy to know.
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    New trailer.

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    PARASITE (2019). In Limited Release.
    There are many wealthy people who have taken short cuts -- legal or not -- to get their place in society. The Kim family in Seoul is of the underclass, but, they see no issue adopting the 'ethics' of some of the very wealthy to claim a piece for themselves. The Kims are living in a below street level hovel barely scraping by, but they aren't without certain wits and skills.

    An opportunity falls in their lap when their son Ki-Woo (Woo-sik Choi) finds himself tutoring a sweet teen daughter (Jung Ziso) or a successful tech entrepreneur Park Dong-Ik (Sun-kyun Lee) and his lovely if simple wife Yeon-Kyo (Yeo-jeong Jo). Before long the Kims all but move into the Parks' spacious architectural marvel of a home (each couple has a male and a female child).

    Director Bong Joon-Ho who also co-wrote the screenplay (with Jin Won Han) takes his time to set up the story. As seen in his previous work such as OKJA, SNOWPIERCER, THE HOST and MOTHER, Bong isn't the most formal filmmaker working today. His movies often seem wildly inconsistent in style and tone. Seeming leaps in logic and form abound. But, what makes his work so consistently invigorating and exciting is that if one looks past the seeming chaotic structure, Bong plays fair with the viewer. The extended set-ups are a means to an end. There is a 'Bong Playbook' that he is setting up and he abides by those rules.

    PARASITE is an exemplary case of the Bong Playbook. Once the dominoes fall the scabrous satire can cut deeply. Class warfare isn't an original concept in and of itself, but Bong continually upends expectations and circumstances here. Making it all the more interesting is that he doesn't set up the rich Park family as cartoon villains. Heck, they are so banal that one feels more sympathy for them. You shouldn't want them to get their lives disrupted -- but, you also can't help but cheer on the disruptors (the Kims).

    Bong takes PARASITE to some dark places and quite visceral places. There's some razor sharp allusions to the works of the great Luis Bunuel (DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID, VIRIDIANA), Chabrol's (CEREMONIE) as well as, most pointedly, Gorky's The Lower Depths, but, it still remains firmly the work of Bong Joon-Ho. Without a doubt, there are some allusions to provincial matters in South Korean society that will escape domestic viewers, but, Bong's scalpel cuts broadly and deeply enough for most international audiences (it won the Palme D'or at Cannes and is South Korea's official International Film entry). It's a wild tasty ride.

    Take it.
    Last edited by JoeS; 10-22-2019 at 10:28 PM.

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    In my previous post about PARASITE, I named it Bong Joon-ho's best film but I think that might've been prematurely jumped the gun. I recently had the opportunity to re-watch MEMORIES OF MURDER on the big screen and it still stands as my favorite film from Bong Joon-ho. It's one of the best murder mysteries/police procedurals that I've ever seen and definitely deserves its status as one of the best films to ever come out of Korea. This was my third of fourth time seeing it altogether and the ending still haunts me every time.

    Recently, news broke that the 'real' killer behind the infamous Hwaseong serial murders and the inspiration for the film, has finally been identified after having eluded the authorities for 30 years.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...ries-of-murder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    This is getting a pretty fancy Blu-ray release from Plain Archive.

    http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/product/d...=9791196076061

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    More pictures at the link. It comes with a copy of the screenplay, which is cool, though I wouldn't be able to read it.

    I can't confirm English subs on that page though. Hmmm....
    Ian, I believe this is for the storybook + Screenplay only. There is no blu ray included with this. The first one sold out and now PA is offering a second edition for pre-order. So currently, there is no Korean blu ray release.
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    Went to see it again over the weekend. My third viewing on the big screen. Really hoping for a 4K UHD release next year. Related article about CJ Entertainment having global aspirations after the success of SNOWPIERCER and PARASITE. Telling quote here, “In the past, we went to Hollywood asking for scripts for us to shoot in Korea, or to attach Korean talent to. We did not find a single one that was meaningful. They were usually scripts passed by other companies." Rather than asking for handouts and cast-offs from Haolewood, CJ Ent is better off developing in house from start to finish.
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