What You Need To Know About 'Parasite,' The Korean Film Everyone's Raving About

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South Korean film Parasite has critics and audiences absolutely raving about it for its social relevance and humor. And it actually has a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Well, Parasite has arrived in the Philippines and is showing in cinemas as we speak. So, if you're wondering what it's all about, we prepped a list of fun trivia to make you want to watch it even more. 

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1. Parasite is a dark comedy/mystery/thriller film. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes, it tells the story of two families, the Parks and the Kims. The Park family has everything money can buy, while the Kim family has...well...nothing, aside from street smarts. The Kim children are hired as a tutor and art therapist to the Parks and an unexpected incident occurs that threatens the relationship between the two families! The film stars Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, and Park So Dam.

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2. It had its world premiere at the prestigious 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 

The film received an eight-minute standing ovation and even won the main competition's Palme d'Or award! Get this: It was the first-ever Korean film to do so. WOW. 

3. Park Seo Joon has a cameo in the film!

Via WikipediaSeo Joon is said to play the special role of Min Hyuk, an English tutor who is employed by the wealthy Park family. He also happens to be friends with the Kims' son Ki Woo (Choi Woo Shik). 

PS. PSJ is truly a gift because he's also starring in The Divine Fury, which is currently showing in cinemas, too!

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4. Choi Woo Shik recorded an original song for the film's soundtrack. 

The lead actor sang the vocals and is credited to have written the lyrics of the original song "Soju One Glass," along with film composer Jung Jaeil. The rest of the album of the film's original score was also composed by Jung Jaeil.

5. The script was originally written as a play!

Parasite writer and director Bong Joon Ho revealed this fun fact during an interview with Filmed In Ether: "When I was writing the story I thought about a play, but the images and all of that was already in a frame. Maybe it's because when I was a little boy I used to write, draw cartoons, and watch a lot of movies, maybe it's just in me. I started with the play, but when I finished it…I ended up writing a screenplay. So it just happened very naturally."  

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Here's the trailer for Parasite

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