December 6, 2019
Parasite is connecting with audiences everywhere. Editor Jinmo Yang explains how he and Bong Joon-ho cut together this massive hit.
When you ask someone to describe Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, chances are they’ll trail off a bit and end up saying, “You just have to see it.”
The genre-bending film defies even the most diligent attempts to classify it.
It’s a thriller. It’s a dark comedy (or is it a tragicomedy?). It’s satire. It’s an arthouse autopsy of class warfare that transmogrifies into a cunning revenge story. It’s an upstairs-downstairs story turned upside-down.
However you spin it, Parasite is a massive hit.
The South Korean film had the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time for a foreign-language film in the U.S. and has earned more than $100 million at the international box office. At a time when much of the world is reckoning with economic inequality and social mobility, Parasite has struck a nerve.