It seems thematically comparable to "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" or "Burning". Kind of makes me realize that all Korean movies outside of their chic flics are kind of all the same, even though I think they're very good, but it makes me wonder what "Parasite" does different, other than a mainstream audience being less ignorant of the latter-most film.
What I meant to say is that they were stylistically similar and also had similar themes. In a lot of respects, the three films, and Korean movies in general, are uncannily similar. "Sympathy" has the symbolic clarity idiomatic to ambitious allegories as well as the visceral strength and thrill of its excellent direction, and "Burning" has a similar visceral appeal with its mystique and atmosphere, the narrative is also very driven by its symbolism. Between the three of them, the way the films are stylized, the way that the picture looks, obviously has hallmarks of their respective directors, but the pictures are very similar yet very evocative in different ways; their merit, the viscerality of each scene – especially, in my opinion, in the drowning of "Sympathy", the masturbation scene in "Burning" – are informed by the narrative. In the best Korean movies, the abstract narrative and the film itself, the immediate stimulus that you're consuming, is uniquely consummate, but I think it's good that you need to have such a nuanced perspective to distinguish the movies. It means the industry is healthy and isn't too big, that every film doesn't have to be vying for your attention. It also makes me wonder what it is with South Koreans and class struggle. Also, "I am a Hero" is a weird reference as far as zombies go. Like, they're are a lot of compelling zombie movies out there, not the least of which is the Romero ones that kind of steered the whole industry.
It just makes me wonder why "Parasite" captures the eye of the mainstream audience so well, when, shoulder to shoulder with other films, it doesn't stick out at all if you're not a sensitive audience, and that leads me to believe that "Parasite" is lucky to have been one of the most popular Korean exports in a while.
Holy fucking normie
It has themes that support the Jewish goal while having the qualities of the other films