It would be an understatement to say that Parasite took the world by storm. The Korean film created by Bong Joon Ho became an unexpected hit shortly after its release. Bong Joon Ho is hailed as a brilliant writer and director, and Parasite serves as his greatest hit to date.
Parasite is a typical black comedy film, and it has received plaudits for the way it portrays the ills of capitalism. The film follows two families in contrasting financial situations. The Kim family lives in a basement in Seoul while the Park family lives in a lavish house in the hills.
The different family’s lives intertwine when the Parks hire Kim’s son Ki-Woo to tutor their daughter Da-Hye. Ki-Woo uses this opportunity to get his family hired as servants at the Park household. The Parks have so many servants that they don’t realize that they’ve hired the entire Kim family.
Soon, the Parks leave for a holiday, and the Kim family occupies their mansion. However, Kim’s plan is interrupted by a servant who lost her job as a result of the Kim family occupation. What follows is a bloody revenge attack by the servant’s husband that leaves Mr. Park dead.
Is Parasite available on Netflix?
Unfortunately, Parasite is currently unavailable on Netflix.
Parasite will be distributed by Neon in the USA, and it remains to be seen whether Neon will hand streaming rights to Netflix. Neon and Netflix have a sketchy past, and given the success of the film, it might be difficult for Netflix to acquire the film.
On the other hand, the success of the film means that it will be a great catch for any streaming service that acquires streaming rights. It seems highly likely that Parasite will be offered to the highest bidder.
Similar films on Netflix
Fortunately there are several Korean films on Netflix for you to watch.
Old Boy – This Palme d’Or nominated film follows a drunk man who gets kidnapped and held prisoner for 15 years. He does not know his captor or the captor’s motives. When he is finally released, he embarks on a brutal quest for vengeance.
Commitment – The film follows the life of a privileged North Korean boy looking to right the wrongs of his disgraced father. After an intense training regimen, he is sent to South Korea to finish his father’s mission. However, his mission is threatened by the affection he feels for a bullied schoolgirl who shares his sister’s name.