‘Parasite’ Director Bong Joon Ho Explains the ‘Cruel and Sad’ Ending of the Award-Winning Film

by Jeremy Spirogis
Cast of Parasite

People can’t cease speaking about Parasite. The movie grew to become
the sudden gem of Cannes, taking house the coveted Palm d’Or earlier than sweeping
the nation
with Academy Award nominations. Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie but
is lacking out.

Parasite thrives due to its well timed themes and
because of the insane expertise of director Bong Joon-ho. Mainstream audiences are
prepared to overcome
the language barrier
and take care of subtitles due to the brilliance
of the movie. It’s a darkish comedy thriller with tough scenes, however it’s an essential
assertion on society, too.

Plenty of
moviegoers want that the movie had ended
on a positive note
reasonably than with the awful ultimate scene. But Joon-ho
defined throughout an interview why that final heart-wrenching scene was needed
for the story.

Warning: There are vital spoilers forward for the film ‘Parasite.’  

Cast of Parasite
Cast of ‘Parasite’ | ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP by way of Getty Images

‘Parasite’
is stuffed with metaphors

“That’s a metaphor!” is a typical chorus all through the film, which is particularly humorous as a result of it exhibits the director poking enjoyable at his personal cleverness. The film is entertaining sufficient on a floor stage however if you dig just a little deeper, you’ll discover a movie rife with symbolism and “Aha!” moments.

One of the
most evident of those is the best way the Kim household lives partially underground
whereas the rich Park household enjoys life from up above on a hill, ignorant to
the issues of the decrease courses. The film opens with Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) trying to find a Wi-Fi sign in an
try to raised his station. And, in a nod to the movie’s title, Ki-woo is
already leeching off another person to feed his personal wants. Just like a parasite.

There are a number of scenes exhibiting members of the family crawling round on fingers and knees to stay out of sight and even writhing on their bellies. The indisputable fact that they resemble bugs of their actions is kind of intentional.

The film adjustments into one thing else fully

Filmgoers report feeling just like the film is one factor earlier than turning into one thing fully totally different greater than midway by means of. Like a surprising metamorphosis, Parasite transforms from an pleasurable story of deception into an all-out massacre that’s terrifying and inevitable.

The Kim household might have continued getting away with their trickery if not for somebody residing even decrease underground — each actually and metaphorically — than they had been. The fired housekeeper Mun-kwang (Lee Jeong-eun) reveals that her husband has been secretly residing in an underground bunker beneath the Park household’s home all alongside.

The Kims ought to have been extra sympathetic, however as an alternative they react with disgust on the state of affairs. Eventually, this angle results in an elaborate cover-up and several other deaths of the principle characters. Then, Kim household patriarch Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) takes his place because the particular person residing underground in secret.

The final scene of ‘Parasite’ is heartbreakingly bleak

The second to final scene of the film exhibits a flash-forward of Ki-woo grown and buying the previous Park residence along with his huge wealth, which might lastly permit his father to go free from the key bunker. But as an alternative of ending the film on that hopeful notice, Joon-ho as an alternative returns to the cramped, soiled subterranean residence within the movie’s ultimate moments.

He admits that it’s a painful but needed second.
“Maybe if the film ended the place they hug and fades out, the viewers can
think about, ‘Oh, it’s not possible to purchase that home,’ however the digicam goes right down to
that half-basement,” he
told Vulture
.

“It’s fairly merciless and unhappy, however I assumed it was
being actual and trustworthy with the viewers. You know and I know — all of us
know that this child isn’t going to have the ability to purchase that home. I simply felt that
frankness was proper for the movie, despite the fact that it’s unhappy.”

Parasite is a harsh criticism of present society. And despite the fact that that final scene might have been happier, in the end, it’s the truth-telling that resonates with followers.

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