What will people in Britain think about the film “Parasite”? *WARNING: THERE ARE MANY SPOILERS Finally, the film “Parasite” is released in the UK
I’ve been waiting for so long However, I saw not many people have booked tickets yet… So I invited my friends to the cinema Are you looking forwards to it? Very much! I’m gonna cry Cry? I watched the trailer… I don’t think it’s something that you cry about…
Angry about, probably Seems like it’s gonna take my heart Here we go Is it just us? I think it might be… It’s a great film! It is, it is It’s just… not everybody is open minded Probably Actually this was my second time to watch it. The first time I found it very funny, this time, I found it very sad It’s unusual for me to stay awake after nine o’clock, but I watched all of it.
It’s so gripping At first, I thought he bought the house But then his father came out and I thought he would’ve had a bigger beard He would’ve looked a lot older Ah yeah, that’s right. Exactly. He still looks young Yeah, he still looks young But his father went out of the basement, no? No I think it was like a fantasy… like a dream… But that’s the point, you can’t buy that house by earning money, you know… Yes… It’s not possible Was it a famous architect who built that house in Korea? I don’t know – I don’t know whether it’s a fact or..
I don’t think it would be It’s very nice though Yeah, it is a nice house, isn’t it?
Everyone wants to live there There’s one region all sort of rich people live together It’s a very secure… like a secret place for them I think it’s like that in Cape Town as well Where? Cape Town, really Yeah, it’s a quite common story, isn’t it?
It’s just not a Korean thing Hello, you alright? Yes Survived? Cried? It was really good, I liked it Couldn’t speak… Can’t speak… Right, shall we go for a drink? After the cinema,
we went to a local pub to discuss the film
with a pint I was so enraged By the discrepancy, by the gap between… between one type of life style and the other type of life style which is completely oblivious to the previous Which.. which part are you from? haha Which part am I from? Well, in the middle I thought that there is a middle everywhere but there isn’t everywhere Well, there is. but I think the film didn’t focus on the middle There is a guy called “Min” in the middle Min is a kind of middle, but he just appears in.. for.. about 5 minutes or something Yeah, so it’s not important for the director. I think He brought the stone! What’s the meaning of the stone? Like a Pandora’s box Released all the bad motives inside people You can tell he (the son) had a lot of burden for carrying his family Even when he printed the fake certificate, he was like, “this is only a copy, I’ll have the real one next year.” I feel like he felt a lot of burden
to carry his family So the stone represented that burden
it’s like this stone represented what he felt was his family which is quite heavy for him So when he said it keeps falling, you know when they were sleeping in the thing after they lost their house He was like, oh, it keeps falling somehow I felt like it was kind of like him saying that… Even when they lost their house, he asks his dad,
“so what’s the plan now? what’s the plan now?” Because he was always worried about what he had to do for their family So I felt like… in the end, you could tell he was gonna use the stone to kill the guy downstairs It was his way of helping their family to overcome another burden? Interesting, because I thought it means a kind of desire everyone has You know, like.. want to be in a high position, want to have a good job, want to live somewhere nice but I guess that can be a burden as well.
If you don’t have desires, you wouldn’t struggle… I guess that’s… in the film, He keeps saying “Do you have a plan?” “The plan” is like a desire and the burden, and all sorts of things, I guess Yes, the father says “there is no plan. The best plan is no plan” You’re making me think you know like the
fact that he carries all this burden but in the end, almost at the end, he was carried by a teenager So how light was he – you know
I don’t know it just make me think about it At the end of the movie, he puts it in the river
The stone.. and he realises that I think it’s to do with the fact that
his dad killed, I don’t know the name, the rich father Park, yeah I think that made him realised that
what he was trying to achieve was his family reach the same social level, status as the other family But I think he realised that doesn’t equate to happiness? So he got rid of the stone and in a way he also got rid of his burden Because what they were trying to achieve
by being more wealthy by being more upper class his sister got killed in a way
and all the drama happened I think he realised that doesn’t matter they are happy where they are He still wanted the house He didn’t want to be rich, but he just wanted to get his father back I study a lot of urban planning and making cities and stuff I know Korea because we had a case study in Seoul so what is doing is, there’s a whole
theory on it
like in every major city Basically, the rich people come in and
those who have less and less money they get squeezed out to the sides And that’s how they end up living in those… uhm.. you know Shitholes? Yeah, the right word! haha Yeah, so we studied about Seoul
Because it’s very small but there are so many millions of people living That’s why there are more and more high-rise buildings But then those who can’t afford to live in Seoul They live so far away and they need to commute to work It kind of links to that as well I felt Because you know… there were living very shitty life And then even struggle to get the jobs,
there’s no money… It’s like everyone is living far away,
spending their life commuting Living away, just so that the central bubble of the richer people can live well and function as well It’s a bit disgusting. Is it just me?
This movie makes me so angry Did any of you feel sympathy for the rich family as well though? At the end, they lose their husband, and the house as well I think they were quite nice. Nothing wrong with them They are smooth. They are ironed Nothing was wrong with them.
They weren’t evil and they were not unkind They just happened to be what they are The rich people were not that bad I know far worse than that They were quite nice to the people they employed They were polite, they were nice Yeah, they were polite to the servants as well Yeah, I think that was one of the points the film made, wasn’t it? The rich people are actually quite nice Because they didn’t have to struggle as much as the poor family That’s what the mother said, yeah It was so funny, “they are nice because they are rich.” “I would be even nicer if I was rich!” She was naive, the lady was naive Did you say “naive”? Naive, yeah, yeah, yeah If you’re sheltered you are naive
If you don’t live in a basement house Being able to pay the rent,
it doesn’t mean you become naive necessarily You got more chances to (…) naive You can be rich and very unpleasant Then I wouldn’t feel sorry for them The poor people looked er… the young people looked quite educated Yeah, educated He knew to falsify the degree from the same university… I don’t think that is easy to do it if you aren’t an expert That’s interesting point, actually What was that thing that he tried to enter the university four times? What was it? Which guy? The son? Yeah I think he wanted to go to the good uni? He wanted to go to the university which was decently prepared, I suppose That was what the friend said …that’s been qualified somehow… Even though he didn’t get to go to the university, it’s very difficult to get… Maybe he didn’t have money or something Maybe he didn’t have enough tuition fees Yeah, it’s possible, isn’t it Maybe he didn’t pass because he was working and doing all sort of things at the same time as study He invented the name of the Illinois state university Illinois? Illinois state university, I’ve never heard It may be existed but I’ve never heard I’ll have to research, I don’t know about that… She liked the sound of “Illinois” She is less qualified than… There are two moments Two completely different parts of me The part that… just wanted some entertainment and light heartedness The part where they were coming, the family to get the whole family in it was so surreal that they didn’t think about the consequences on themselves and on the rich family especially on the people that they were just
pushing out that ruthlessness was completely covered by the irony and the humour of it I thought that was really smart You actually enjoyed it without thinking how horrifying that was on people who lost their jobs So that was very clever and the other one is when the guy is
kissing but that’s a completely different… favourite… It’s a very dark one When the guy goes upstairs and he’s kissing the daughter She is very very perceptive She’s asking “Are you thinking about something else?” But again, she has that naivety She doesn’t understand
how dark the moment is I mean, if you looked at him he was a corpse,
you could notice something is really off And he said “do you think I fit here?” and then he said I’m gonna take care of it all and then when he went downstairs I really liked… I think… that actor…
that moment of acting was just fantastic I just felt so much emotion in that moment That is gonna be the turning point
There was gonna be no return after that I liked the last bit, actually When he hug his father and when he got the house And the father came out Yeah, that fantasy moment I like that. I want to stay there Because the father comes out eventually in the end I just hated that he had to be in there for so
long I was feeling suffocated even thinking about it… too much! One of them is… at the end…
When the father is trying to get the car keys under the guy who’s been living downstairs, living in the basement,
and he turns him around and he does that, like he smells and the father of the two that are living there look at him that makes him remind of
all the moments that he did the same with him even though it’s completely different
because he obviously smelled him But that was a trigger for him Yeah, this guy doesn’t give a shit about any
We’re all the same to him that was one of my favourite And the other one was,
it’s only because of the analogy I’ve made with the rock The guy that lived in the bunker was hittin…
I don’t know his name, Kim?
the son with the rock You thought he’d killed him
come on, everyone is like, yeah he killed him because I felt like, cause for me like,
the stone represented like the burden he had for his family so he just grabbed it and he just smashed it like haha, you’re just literally trying to achieve something
that doesn’t mean anything You know, I could just grab this
and I could kill you what you are trying to achieve is meaningless
it’s not going to make you more happy I felt like Bong, Jun, Ho
I felt like he did that on purpose to show that but I don’t know
if that’s my own analogy of the stone but that’s what I thought he meant by the stone It is quite ambiguous but that’s definitely ironic that he almost died by his own stone, you know? I think all the characters were good and bad at the same time good and bad same time Yes, maybe some were worse than the others but I can’t say anyone was totally bad or totally good Some people tried to survive and eventually they did the extreme things They talk about cockroaches, quite a lot When you turn the light on, they just scatter away How similar were the family? Looking like the cockroaches for so long
you know? Even when they were running away and they were going to the house, keeping going under and under… That was gross! Uh… These people all live in the UK but are originally from Italy, Portugal, Bhutan, Romania and Russia But judging by everyone’s strong reactions, I guess everywhere has similar problems.