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15 Hidden Details In 'Parasite' You May Have Missed

Updated March 4, 2020 826 votes 143 voters 9.0k views15 items

If you've seen the hit film Parasite we want you to vote up the best easter eggs in the movie. Obviously there are spoilers in this list so if you haven't seen it, we do not recommend continuing. Parasite may have shocked some people by winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but a prime show business victory is actually the least of its surprises. The following Parasite film details are guaranteed to blow your mind. This is one of those movies that you have to see more than once in order to catch all the secrets hidden in the details.

Bong Joon Ho's film is the story of the Kim family, an impoverished clan whose members all con their way into jobs working for the wealthy Park family. Suddenly, they're flush with cash and enjoying the high life in the beautiful home of their employers. However, neither the Kims nor the Parks are quite what they seem, a fact that comes out in an explosive plot twist around the halfway point. What happens from there works both as an adventure and as a socioeconomic satire.

There are a lot of Parasite easter eggs that tip you off as to what's happening, if you know where to look for them. We know where to look, thanks in part to the eagle-eyed users of Reddit, who have faithfully scoured the movie for them. This list will give you all the details on the crazy clues and referential bits Bong Joon Ho hid inside his masterpiece. 

Check them out, and vote up the Parasite movie insights that you find most intriguing. 

 

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    564 Years

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    One of the most tantalizing ideas in Parasite comes when Ki-woo writes his father a letter, vowing to become wealthy and purchase the Park's home. Some viewers have debated whether Ki-woo can make good on this promise. The song that plays over the end credits answers the question, as it contains a line about how it would take the character 564 years to save up enough cash to buy the house.

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    Two Men Connected

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    Apparently, Mr. Kim had a previous connection to Geun-sae, the man living in the hidden area off the basement. Early in the film, Mr. Kim has a line about working as a driver for a cake shop that went bust. Much later, Geun-sae talks about his failed business, a Castella (or cake) shop.

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    Formal Vs. Informal Language

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    Like many languages, Korean makes a clear distinction between formal and informal register. This is blurred repeatedly by Ki-jung and Mrs. Park. As employee and employer, respectively, they should talk only formally. Mrs. Park occasionally lapses into informal register, which would be acceptable given her higher status. But Ki-jung speaks back to her informally, which suggests, as Reddit user tweaker20 points out, that she has earned sufficient trust to be seen by Mrs. Park as a peer in addition to an employee.

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    A Hitchcock Cameo

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    Bong Joon Ho has spoken in interviews about how Parasite was influenced by the works of Alfred Hitchcock. To pay tribute to the "Master of Suspense," he decided to give the filmmaker a cameo. Scrutinize the bookshelf in the Park home and you'll see what appears to be a DVD box set of the director's films, with his face on the spine.

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