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Jaclyn Wall
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Parasite

When contemplating which film to watch and review I was torn between Parasite and The Farewell. My boyfriend said he would watch Parasite with me and alas that was the deciding factor! Parasite opens with socks hang drying on a light - we then get introduced to the Kim family who live in a semi-basement apartment in Korea. We soon learn that they are a thick as thieves family fighting the daily struggles of poverty and scraping by with little to no means. 

The son, Ki-woo is given an opportunity to tutor the daughter of a well off family, the Parks. He grasps the opportunity and soon sees this as an opportunity to not only benefit himself financially, but also the rest of the Kim family. He gets his sister a job as an art therapy teacher, who gets his dad hired as their driver, and the mom hired as a housekeeper. The first half of the film is a lot of character building and key developments involving the Parks' keen sense of smell when it comes to the Kim families characters. In the latter half, we discover a huge plot twist and it's a downward spiral from there. I don't want to spoil the ending!

Without giving too much away, the film relates to many discussions we've had in this course about higher classes having power over those less fortunate. While the Parks are a very gullible and naive family to what is happening in their day to day lives, they also weren't afraid to flaunt their wealth in the faces of others. Whenever they needed one of their staff (a.k.a. the Kim family) to do something it wasn't a negotiation. They just threw more money at them and exppected them to drop everything to do what they asked. 

While the film is not appropriate for students, I do feel clips and bits could be used for it to have a variety of class discussions including comapre and contrast Asian vs. American families, and/or hierarchies of classes. 

Dennis Vovchenko
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Parasite class divides

I also chose to review the same film since it is the most famous and awarded Asian film. While the movie is very straightforward, I thought it did chart a new path of portraying the lower classes as morally inferior to the rich. In classic social dramas like "The Grapes of Wrath" or recent ones like "Avatar" and "Elysium" the rich are depicted as much more wicked than the poor.

Thomas Pineda
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"The Farewell"

Based on your mention of this film and other recommendations from friends (and that my partner and I both like Awkwafina), I decided to check it out and I highly recommend it as well!!  It's on Amazon prime if you have that service. Definitely check it out- it shows some funny, but sentimental ways Eastern v Western cultures makes choices within families. I think students could relate to the issue that it presents. 

Betsy Telle
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Parasite

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie Parasite. It is a great movie with so many twists and turns and genre defying parts. I think that all adults should give it a view. I agree though that the movie as a whole is not appropriate for most students. Although it might be good for a high school cinema class as it does defy and span many movie genres.

 

There are plenty of shots and scenes that depict life and housing of the rich and the poor that could be used in class. Students could compare the lifestyles and the architecture of the two classes. They could even compare how those classes exist and live in the United States. Asking students what would this movie look like if it took place in LA.