Since its release on June 28th "Parasite" has done reasonably well in the Taiwanese market. It has made thirty five million Taiwanese dollars at the local box office and placed third in the overall box office rankings for both weeks. However, confusion began on July 5th with the release of the Japanese film 'Parasitic Wave'.
'Parasitic Wave' is the story of a mother and daughter who switch bodies, to which the mother responds by indulging her sexual passions. The marketing for the Japanese film deliberately plays up the superficial similarity to "Parasite" with a parody poster that similarly obscures the eyes of the main performers.
It is unclear how many theatergoers were actually confused by the similarity. Social media posts discussing the two movies have had a humorous tone, giving the impression that the anecdotes of entering into the wrong theater may be intended as a joke and not a representation of an actual mistake.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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