February 10th, 2020

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Parasitic

The last Korean film I saw in the cinema before Parasite was The Handmaiden. Like Parasite, it's a dark comedy about grifters inveigling their way into the lives of a rich family.

The last Japanese film I saw in the cinema before Parasite was Shoplifters. Like Parasite, it's a contemporary film about a indigent family using ingenious but dishonest means to get by in a harsh world.

All three are very good films. Still, while I don't begrudge Parasite its Oscar, the other two were significantly better. Shoplifters, in particular, is a masterpiece.