Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho
In Bong Joon Ho’s dark satire, the yuppie Park family lives in architectural splendor in the hills about Seoul. The scrappy Kims fold pizza boxes in a subterranean apartment prone to flooding. When one of the Kims begins tutoring one of the Parks, the have-nots begin infiltrating the lives of the haves, exposing the porous insulation of privilege. The theme of income inequality is exposed throughout the plot like a Russian doll. In college, Bong tutored the children of a rich family in Seoul whose house had a private sauna on the second floor. The experience returned to him in writing the 2020 Writers Guild Award-winning Original Screenplay for Parasite.
READ: Bong Joon Ho reflects on the universal appeal of Parasite, the tale of a basement-dwelling family of have-nots who con their way into a wealthy home.