Top 41 Parasite Movie Details

While searching the internet for Parasite movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

Literal lines are used throughout the movie noting whether if a character 'crossed the line' or not.

Parasite (2019). Bong Jun Ho added subtle scenes with lines or objects separating poor and rich characters throughout the whole movie.
Parasite (2019). Bong Jun Ho added subtle scenes with lines or objects separating poor and rich characters throughout the whole movie.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Parasite details are suitable for kids.

  1. When we first meet the Kims, we can spot them drinking FiLite, which is considered a cheap beer - after Ki-Woo and Ki-Jung start working for the Parks, they can now afford Sapporo, a premium beer.

  2. The living-room table in the Park family home echoes the upstairs-downstairs visual theme of the movie. According to production designer Lee Ha Jun: "We made a large table in the form of stairs, made of four boards of different levels,". It was custom made and cost $19,800.

  3. That you might miss if you're unfamiliar with South Korea

  4. The noodle dish that Chung-sook makes is actually made using two different packets of instant noodles and is a popular, cheap dish in South Korea. She doctors it up with high-quality steak to make it seem more high-brow for Yeon-kyo.

  5. Mrs. Park lies about Ki-woo's tutoring wages: when nobody is watching, she skims off ?100,000 from the old tutor's envelope (1:40) but then sweetly tells Ki-woo that she decided to pay Ki-woo *more* than his predecessor due to "the cost of living" and the current economy

  6. The calligraphy shown in Kim's home means "know your place and be content with it."

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - In the movie Parasite (2019), the portrait drawn by the rich family's kid is not a self portrait but the "ghost" he'd seen.
    In the movie Parasite (2019), the portrait drawn by the rich family's kid is not a self portrait but the "ghost" he'd seen.
  • 1 - The pizza place employees are seen again later in the background of the gym.
    The pizza place employees are seen again later in the background of the gym.
  • Ki-Woo's hand is imprinted after holding the scholar's rock all night in the gymnasium.

  • 1 - The theme of line-crossing in Parasite (2019) - when 'Jessica' asks Mrs Park if something traumatic happened to her youngest child, the camera crosses the 180-degree line, putting Mrs Park and Jessica at the same frame positioning (right/right). This camera position stays throughout the scene.
    The theme of line-crossing in Parasite (2019) - when 'Jessica' asks Mrs Park if something traumatic happened to her youngest child, the camera crosses the 180-degree line, putting Mrs Park and Jessica at the same frame positioning (right/right). This camera position stays throughout the scene.
  • 1 - The basement entrance was in the frame and the light turns off seconds before "Jessica" asks if anything happened to Da-Song in first grade.
    The basement entrance was in the frame and the light turns off seconds before "Jessica" asks if anything happened to Da-Song in first grade.
  • By Bong Joon-ho, you can see a picture of Hitchcock on a shelf along with what I assume to be other directors

  • A final shot of the "famous architect's home" where the action of the movie takes place mirrors a famous painting by Peter Doig called The Architect's Home in the Ravine

  • Features the song "In Ginocchio Da Te" by Italian singer Gianna Morandi. It's from a 1964 film of the same name, about a poor soldier that falls in love with a rich woman and forgets his old love. Both films share key themes. Full explanation in comments.

  • 1 - The number of chairs change depending on how many people have infiltrated the house.
    The number of chairs change depending on how many people have infiltrated the house.
  • 1 - Shot of text messages on phone shows an extended interaction between two characters
    Shot of text messages on phone shows an extended interaction between two characters
  • Da-Song has seizures only after being exposed to poor people.

Hidden Details

1 - Chung-sook, the poor family's mother, won a silver medal in a track-and-field event when she was younger. Later in the movie, she was performing a hammer throw in the rich family's backyard.
Chung-sook, the poor family's mother, won a silver medal in a track-and-field event when she was younger. Later in the movie, she was performing a hammer throw in the rich family's backyard.
1 - When asked about the original housekeeper and her eating habits...a clue as to what is happening underneath his feet.
When asked about the original housekeeper and her eating habits...a clue as to what is happening underneath his feet.
1 - Mr. Kim (the employer) makes a remark about how the housekeeper "always ate enough for two."
Mr. Kim (the employer) makes a remark about how the housekeeper "always ate enough for two."

When Chung-sook is clearing off the table, she accidentally throws her phone in the trash.

Mr. Park briefly mentions that their housekeeper eats "enough for two". Later, it is revealed that...

1 - The rock given to the Kims by Min floats, revealing it's fake and adding to the metaphor of wealth it repents to Ki-woo. His hopes of success were an illusion all along.
The rock given to the Kims by Min floats, revealing it's fake and adding to the metaphor of wealth it repents to Ki-woo. His hopes of success were an illusion all along.
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You will notice that the Kims always positioned themselves the same way in their dining table for most of the movie except during their celebration scene midway into the movie - only Ki Jung is (Jessica) seated differently

Small little spoiler/fun fact

The bus in the background acts as the starting point for all the manipulation that the Kim family does, after Kim Ki-Woo asks "Do I have to be a college student?" (Apologies for crappy quality)

1 - Park Dong-ik, when talking about the housemaid who had just been fired, says that "She always ate enough for two". As we discover later in the movie she was in fact stealing food for her husband who was living in the basement.
Park Dong-ik, when talking about the housemaid who had just been fired, says that "She always ate enough for two". As we discover later in the movie she was in fact stealing food for her husband who was living in the basement.
1 - Shot of text messages on the phone shows that Moon-gwang (former housekeeper) tried to get her job back but was politely denied by Mrs. Park (rich family wife)
Shot of text messages on the phone shows that Moon-gwang (former housekeeper) tried to get her job back but was politely denied by Mrs. Park (rich family wife)
1 - After the old housekeeper is fired Mr. Park praises her but mentions she had only one flaw- she ate enough for two people. Later it is revealed that her husband hiding in the bunker has been sneaking up to get food in the night from the pantry leading to this false assumption.
After the old housekeeper is fired Mr. Park praises her but mentions she had only one flaw- she ate enough for two people. Later it is revealed that her husband hiding in the bunker has been sneaking up to get food in the night from the pantry leading to this false assumption.
1 - The painting Da-song draws isn't a self-portrait but rather a picture of the man who dwells in the basement - evidenced by the figure in the painting's bulging eyes and the rising arrow next to it, signifying them man's occasional ascent to sunlight and society.
The painting Da-song draws isn't a self-portrait but rather a picture of the man who dwells in the basement - evidenced by the figure in the painting's bulging eyes and the rising arrow next to it, signifying them man's occasional ascent to sunlight and society.

Right after a certain tense scene the number of seats around the table shows us how many people are currently in the house

Ki-jeong's fate is foreshadowed earlier in the film when she slaps her chest, directly over her heart, followed by an ominous flash of lightning.

1 - The painting that the little boy Park Da-song made looks very similar to Oh Geun-sae (or "The Ghost") he saw that traumatised him.
The painting that the little boy Park Da-song made looks very similar to Oh Geun-sae (or "The Ghost") he saw that traumatised him.
1 - Whenever the Kim family sits around their table, the father is positioned below a shelf on the wall implying his location at the end of the film.
Whenever the Kim family sits around their table, the father is positioned below a shelf on the wall implying his location at the end of the film.

Mr. Park briefly mentions that their housekeeper eats "enough for two". Later we're shown that she sneaks in food for her husband who is secretly living in their underground bunker.

1 - The rich mom removes money from Ki-woo's first payment, later telling him that she "added extra to account for inflation", showing that the rich also want to hold on to what they have while trying to appear benevolent
The rich mom removes money from Ki-woo's first payment, later telling him that she "added extra to account for inflation", showing that the rich also want to hold on to what they have while trying to appear benevolent
1 - It was said that the housekeeper ate enough for two people. It was later shown that she takes the extra food to her husband who is stuck in the secret bunker.
It was said that the housekeeper ate enough for two people. It was later shown that she takes the extra food to her husband who is stuck in the secret bunker.
Parasite poster
Parasite poster

Parasite Plot: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Parasite, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Parasite and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Director Bong Joon Ho
Production NEON
Main Actors Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi
IMDB score 8.6