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[Ambassador report] ‘Parasite’ on how climate change affects people differently based on their socio-economic class.

by Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj | 14-01-2020 21:41 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 3 recommendations



The heavy rain that destroyed both of Park Da-song’s birthday camping plan and the home of rather-poor Park family’s semi-basement apartment in a critically and publicly acclaimed movie ‘Parasite’ plays a huge role in the movie while symbolizing natural disasters’ impact. The director Park Joon Ho is famous for his vigilant takes on various societal issues and the latest film ‘Parasite’ is one of the many examples. So, while we are here, I would like to recommend his work to my fellow ambassadors. 


Moving on. The premise of the movie: “Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. in which unemployed Kim family takes a peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, by ingratiating themselves into their lives and getting entangled in an unexpected incident.


Almost ⅔ of the film, a thunderous pouring rain puts the mood of the movie to a dark one rather than the comical tone that ‘Parasite’ always presented. Audience starts to sense the turn of events and danger in the color of the sky. That rain, in one night, flooded the whole street that is filled of semi-basement apartments that caused the Kim family to spend the night in a school gym with thousands of evacuees while it ruined the long-awaited trip for Da-song’s birthday. 


That rain impacted each family on a very different scale: Park family cancelling their special trip and Kim family losing their home. But, not only that, how the rich and the poor perceived the rain on the next day was almost like a salt on a wound, in which a rich family’s Park Yeon-gyo celebrates how the rain turned to their own benefit while Kims struggle to find a pair of clothes to wear from the local donation. The director Park Joon Ho perfectly depicted the reality of how climate catastrophes are heightening the already existing class tension as the people who produces the most and disproportionate amount of waste end up with no cost while most modest families like Kim end up bearing the bonk of the disaster.  


Rich Park family’s mother Park Yeon-gyo:

Poor family Kim’s father Kim Ki-taek:

“Did you see the sky today? Crystal clear. Zero air pollution. Rain washed it all away. Of course camping was a major fail because of the rain, but we get to have a garden party instead, yay! It was actually a blessing in disguise.” 

“If you plan, something will always go wrong. That’s life. (then) Look around. Do you think these people got up this morning and said “Tonight I’m going to sleep on a dirty floor with hundreds of strangers”? But look where they are now. Look where we are.”



Parasite (2019)

8 Comments

Shradha Shenoy

  • Shradha Shenoy says :
    Hey Tsengelmaa,
    I had heard a lot of positive things about this movie and read that it received massive critical acclaim. But I still didn't watch it for no particular reason (guilty!)
    Reading your report and the way you described it gave me a very informative and detailed description rather than the vague one liners critics and tabloid reporters used to describe it. Now I'm gonna make it a point to watch this movie.

    Thank you for this amazing report!
    Posted 20-01-2020 21:30

Diana Gamazova

  • Diana Gamazova says :
    Socio-economical condition certainly affects the knowledge of people in this topic and their attitude to it. He is too private a question for some and vehemently discussed for others, I think you need to come to a common decision in the discussion of this topic
    Posted 20-01-2020 18:48

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello fellow ambassador

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about ‘Parasite?? on how climate change affects people differently based on their socio-economic class.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 20-01-2020 05:01

Prabha Bhusal

  • Prabha Bhusal says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    Thank you for the wonderful piece of report!
    Green cheers
    Posted 16-01-2020 20:29

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa

    I've heard that this movie got some good comments. I've not watched the movie yet, but your description of the movie made me want to watch the movie. The way the director of the movie transfer the message is really interesting. With the story of this movie, I find another reason to stop global warming and climate change.

    Thank you for the introduction to the great movie!
    Posted 16-01-2020 17:56

Paras Kunwar

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Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Tsengelmaa,
    it's Lisa once again.

    Glad to see that you find this movie interesting!
    I was very surprised when I read your article because of the very same scene and words caught my attention when I first watched the movie. After the heavy rain, life of those two families seemed even more radically different from one another and yes I do believe that the director must have intended to show such naked inequality in the face of catastrophe. I think this is not very far from reality hurricane Catrina in California is just one example (poor villagers lost everything yet the rich rehabilitated faster than anyone and had their life back as if nothing had happened)
    It's a tragedy that those who are most vulnerable to the catastrophe are the ones who are prone to every danger...
    Makes me feel horrible yet determined that we should act for climate matters even more!
    Posted 15-01-2020 23:09

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