South Korean director Bong Joon-ho celebrates winning the Palme d'Or for his film Parasite at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Photo: AFP

Ranked: Parasite, Cannes festival winner, and the six other films of director Bong Joon-ho

  • South Korean director’s seven films span genres from science fiction to police procedural to small-town murder mystery, but all have much in common
  • Bong uses comedy to leaven stories about inequality, economic imbalance, ingrained corruption and abuse of power that reflect his view of South Korean society
Topic |   Asian cinema: Korean films

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South Korean director Bong Joon-ho celebrates winning the Palme d'Or for his film Parasite at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Photo: AFP
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From left: Park So-dam, Song Kang-ho, Chang Hyde-jin and Choi Woo-shik in a still from Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho.

Cannes 2019: Parasite film review – Bong Joon-ho’s sublime family drama lends a demented twist to class divide

  • Story of a poor family who con their way into working for a rich couple is just made for the big screen. Superbly scripted and shot, the acting is excellent
  • Full of twists, shocks, and the blackest humour, at one point Bong’s film appears ready to unravel, but he holds it together. This is bravura filmmaking
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From left: Park So-dam, Song Kang-ho, Chang Hyde-jin and Choi Woo-shik in a still from Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho.
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