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Bong Joon-ho’s new film Parasite confirms ensemble cast


Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam
Lee Seon-kyun, Jo Yeo-jung

Director Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) has announced the cast of his newest film called Parasite, and contrary to what the title would suggest (not to mention the director’s own history with sci-fi and fantasy), it’ll be a family drama with no parasitic monsters of any kind. So if you were hoping for a land version of The Host, think again. The director stated that the movie will not be horror or sci-fi, and no parasites appear in it. Instead, it explores two families that are “a little strange” and all the relationships between them.

The ensemble cast will be led by longtime collaborator Song Kang-ho, which marks the fourth time the actor and director will work together, following Snowpiercer, The Host, and Memories of Murder. Song will be the head of one household, which includes son Choi Woo-shik (Okja, The Package) and daughter Park So-dam (The Priests, Cinderella and the Four Knights).

The second family will be led by Lee Seon-kyun (A Special Lady, This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair), who will be married to Jo Yeo-jung (Working Girl, Perfect Wife), and they’ll have a son and daughter as well who have yet to be cast. I like these matchups, and am especially looking forward to Song Kang-ho and his two kids, ’cause that is one talented family.

The families are set up to mirror each other on purpose, but all we’re told for now is that they “seem similar but are different, and seem different but are similar.” Well that’s helpful. Through their stories, the film sets out to portray our contemporary lives.

Parasite will shoot this year, but we’ll have to wait until 2019 for its theatrical release. That is EONS away for a movie with no CG monster, is all I’m sayin’.

Via Star News

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I'm looking forward to Choi Woo Shik. I finally watched Okja over the weekend.

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sounds so good but if its ions away to be released, then it is double ions away to watch it with subs huuhuu. its hard waiting for subbed movies when you want to watch them now!!! the cast is awesome and the premise sounds verrryyy interesting :)

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Soooo happy for Lee Seon-kyun to be sought out by the famous directors and to have more chances to act alongside big named actors like Song Kang-ho here, and with Ha Jung-woo in PMC that just finished shooting. He alone does not seem to pull in enough viewers at the box office. Anyway, so excited to see this.

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The description is as useful as the synopsis you see for some dramas - ".. X is always cheerful and has a nice smile..".

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I am all over this!!! He is a fab director and this is a fab cast! He must really like working with certain actors as he got both Song Kang-ho and Choi Woo-shik back for more. Plus Lee Seon-kyun! I LOVE him!! And I am glad to see Jo Yeo-jung - she impressed the hell out of me in Perfect Wife.

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Film casting hardly disappoints and anything that is written and directed by master Bong Joon-ho is worth watching.
Behind the talented and well known actors, Bong usually hire the best in the industry (music directors, camera crew etc etc). Hopefully he'll get Weta Digital this time for "Parasites."

Love the black humor in his movies and this is going to be more family friendly which is a plus.

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oppps it's not sci-fi nm.

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I'll watch anything for these casts. And with Bong Joon-ho directed this movie, it will make your anticipation high.

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Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho, quelle surprise!

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Hahahaha 😂😆😊

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You need only to mention Bong Joon-ho.
I'm glad that he's not wasting anytime coming back with another project after Okja, which I immensely enjoyed (just like anything else he does really)... and very intrigued by the "normal" nature of this, by his standards.

Psyched by the cast, but doubly psyched by the (FAV ahjussi!!) Lee Seon-kyun/ Jo Yeo-jung pairing.

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Eeeeeh! Choi Woo-shik in another Bong Joon-ho movie! Yaaaaaas. His stint in Okja was so good and so short, that it left me wanting so much more.

I am used to him playing beta male characters, but after Okja, I want him to play more rude, profane pricks who are outgoing and can speak english. Lol.

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Choi Woo Shik!

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yay choi woo shik! I know Bong Joonho would cast him in his next project as he said smt about making a film that's inspired by Wooshik's character in Okja. Idk if this is it but kinda positive then he'd work with him again. It's nice to see Sodam again too, anticipate her film about Lee Nanyoung.

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Aww I saw the headline and wondered if it's the sequel to The Host. But two "strange" families still sounds interesting coming from Bong Joon-ho. Is Parasite going to be about parasitic people (attitude-wise?) Can't wait to see how he'll bring his brand of satire to it. The tea is waiting to be spilled...

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People remember The Host as a horror movie when it is no less a family movie, and the same goes to Okja, on family bond that cannot be broken no matter how strange or unusual it maybe.

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Totally agree. It's the family bond that stood out in his films.

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Yay! Bong Joonho & Song Kangho :)

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Oh my gosh, this is such a great cast! I'm excited! Choi Woo Shik and Park So Dam are two of my favorites, and, to repeat your words @girlfriday "that is one talented family"

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A shout out to the forever young Choi Woo-sik. I have enjoyed his work on television. I think he was 21 when he was part of the cast of the terrific Special Affairs Team TEN (2011-12) and he was also in the very good sequel TEN2 (2013). I enjoyed his performance as Prosecutor Lee in Pride and Prejudice (2014-15). A quick word about that. The subject matter of that series was so heavy that the writers needed a way to lighten things up occasionally. CWS 's character along with his love interest played by Jung Hye-sung was used for that. A great series. Then in 2016 I saw him in the Korean zombie film, "Train to Busan" where at age 26 he creditably played a high school baseball player. He also speaks excellent English having spent part of his youth in Canada. I wish him luck on this film.

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I think he was 21 when he was part of the cast of the terrific Special Affairs Team TEN (2011-12) and he was also in the very good sequel TEN2 (2013).

I am STILL waiting for TEN3.

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Hi @annsow. I am with you for TEN3. It is going on 5 years since TEN2 aired and I believe all the principal cast members are still around. It could be a terrific series. I am a little sentimental because Special Affairs Team TEN and TEN 2 were my third and fourth kdramas.

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Pfft where have I been that I missed my girl, Park Sodam's casting news. She liked Okja a lot so it must be exciting for her working with the director of that film. But...2019. 😭 I miss her so much but she's currently only doing plays and films.

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So completely random, but has anyone turned vegetarian after watching Okja? I really realllllyyyy wanna watch it but I love my meat (like I seriously have a problem) and I'm afraid that I might become one after watching it... Sooooo......

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It was pretty brutal. I actually found the film kind of depressing, actually. I'm 90% vegetarian anyway but it nearly tipped me the extra 10%.

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The scene near the end with the baby pig and all the super-pigs howling was heartbreaking. Great movie. Definitely watch it.

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