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New Criterion feature compares Parasite storyboards and the finished film

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This exclusive clip shows just how precisely director Bong works

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As Bong Joon-ho mentions in his conversation with Darcy Paquet on Parasite’s upcoming Criterion release, the director has become known for how precisely he storyboards his movies. In the case of Parasite, the storyboards were so complete that they were published in comic book form.

Parasite stars Song Kang-ho as the patriarch of the Kim family, whose members are just barely making a living out of the semi-basement they live in. When one of the Kims gets a job in the Park household, the two families start to intertwine, and are set on a wild, unpredictable collision course.

In this exclusive clip from the Criterion release’s storyboard comparison feature, fans will see both full scenes and Bong’s detailed drawings playing out next to each other to emphasize how the director realized his vision. It’s art in and of itself.

The Criterion edition of Parasite also includes the following supplements:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital master, approved by director Bong Joon Ho and director of photography Hong Kyung Pyo, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New audio commentary featuring Bong and critic Tony Rayns
• Black-and-white version of the film with a new introduction by Bong, and Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New conversation between Bong and critic Darcy Paquet
• New interviews with Hong, production designer Lee Ha Jun, and editor Yang Jinmo
• New program about the New Korean Cinema movement featuring Bong and filmmaker Park Chan Wook (Oldboy)
• Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2019 featuring Bong and members of the cast
• Master class featuring Bong from the 2019 Lumière Festival in Lyon, France
• Storyboard comparison
• Trailers
• PLUS: An essay by critic Inkoo Kang
2019 • 131 minutes • Color • Dolby Atmos/5.1 surround • In Korean with English subtitles • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

The Criterion edition of Parasite is available for purchase now.