Parasite director Bong Joon-ho delivers an 'enjoyable nightmare' with his biting tale of income inequality

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho tells us what inspired him to make a thriller about income inequality, and why wealth can make monsters of us all.
A family of cunning derelicts scheme to enter a wealthy household's employ in this genre-bending, Palme d'Or–winning thriller of class struggle from South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer). Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin (TIFF)

Bong Joon-ho is the first Korean filmmaker to take home the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where audiences gave his winning film Parasite a six-minute standing ovation. Though he's typically known for making surreal creature features, his most recent film is terrifyingly realistic.

The film, which is almost entirely in Korean, is a thriller about two families, one rich and one poor, and how they worm their way into each other's lives. Bong calls it a tragi-comedy — and for him those two things, tragedy and comedy, can't exist without each other.

With help from his interpreter Sharon Choi, Bong joined q's Tom Power from New York to talk about what inspired him to make a thriller about income inequality, and why wealth can make monsters of us all.

Parasite is South Korea's official submission for best international feature film at the Oscars. It opens all across Canada on Friday, Oct. 25. 

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