NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[HanCinema's News] New Minor Detail Discovered in "Parasite" Goes Viral


Director Bong Joon-ho has long had a reputation for focusing on minor easy-to-miss details. "Parasite" is filled with such details, but one involving a cell phone has only recently come to attention, in part because in context the picture quality is so blurred as to be nearly illegible. Naturally, spoilers are involved.

The screencap in question comes from the scene where the former housekeeper, played by Lee Jung-eun, is threatening the interlopers who have taken her job and others' in a wealthy household. Her threat involves sending a video text to the lady of the house, Cho Yeo-jeong, exposing their skulduggery. In pursuit of this end, Lee Jung-eun is brandishing her phone and the text on it is briefly visible.

As it happens, the phone is not just a casual prop, but is fully in character. It features a message from Lee Jung-eun's character asking the mistress of the house for one last meeting over tea to discuss some outstanding issues, which Cho Yeo-jeong's character cheerfully rebuffs. The incriminating video lies underneath these in-character texts, ready to be sent.

The surprising detail to character was met with strong approval on South Korea's Internet. Many commenters observed how the plaintive style of the housekeeper's texts and the chilly curtness of the lady of the house perfectly match their characters in a way that was not expressed via dialog. The usage of hearts by both characters to try and mask their obvious intent was, similarly, lauded as strong attention to detail.

Written by William Schwartz


"Parasite" is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and features Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Wooshik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun. Release date in Korea: 2020/02/26.

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[HanCinema's News] New Minor Detail Discovered in "Parasite" Goes Viral"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Related movies/dramas

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations

About | Privacy policy | Contact | Partners

Mobile version