Parasite

Parasite (2019)

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Corrected entry: The landscape bonsai is a very heavy rock. When the apartment floods the rock floats to the surface. (01:37:25)

toroscan

Correction: You missed the point of the scene. The rock floating implies it's a fake reproduction. It was never real. It's kind of a microcosm of the whole story. It's supposed to bring good luck and wealth, but it's hollow and fake. Just as the Kim family's attempts to move upward and find wealth via the Park family ends up backfiring and meaning nothing in the end because it all goes to hell. (SPOILERS: The fact it's a fake also helps explain why it doesn't kill Ki-Woo when he's beaten over the head with it).

TedStixon
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Oh. OK. But then why when it is originally found it is at the bottom of the water and not floating? At least that is what I remember. I could be wrong.

toroscan
1

Simple answer: It's much more cinematic for it to be underwater and then rise to the top, revealing it in a dramatic way. It gives the reveal of it being a fake more impact. If he just randomly saw it floating, the moment wouldn't work as well. (But I'm sure you could also make an argument that it's being pushed around by all the debris floating around, the current in the water, etc. and it got pulled under for a few seconds).

TedStixon

I agree with you, but up to a point. I was referring to the fact that when he first got the rock he got it from the water and he got it from the bottom. Or am I remembering it wrong?

toroscan
1

The mistake is 'deliberate' by account, because, quoting a page that is based on what the actor playing the son says; "In the script, the rock didn't originally float," Choi recalls. "But when we were shooting, director Bong was like, 'You know, I think it would be better if the stone floats up through the water.' I remember thinking, 'Whoa. What?' ", On the other hand, I wouldn't really extend this alleged bit of symbolism in one shot, to infer properties of the rock on other than that single scene; the rock has always been presented and described as heavy, and not the foam prop that it is, and if it were hollow the characters would have noticed and made it apparent earlier. Not even the director and commentators of this particular bit support this. As you say later in the discussion, it's just "more cinematic" to do so but it I don't believe there is reason to paint it as a reveal. Therefore I'd say this should not be corrected but rather changed as 'Deliberate mistake".

Sammo Premium member

I'll agree with this. Thanks, Sammo.

toroscan
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Corrected entry: The father and both siblings stealthily escape from underneath the table in the living room. They are all barefoot and have only the clothes on their backs. When they escape into the night they are all wearing sturdy shoes. (01:31:50)

toroscan

Correction: Koreans leave their shoes at the entrance. They were probably there and took them out of camera, so it's definitely not something that could be considered a mistake but rather a custom of their culture.

7

Good point. I had not thought of that. Thanks.

toroscan
1

I have thought some more about this. The family was stealthily in the house trying to stay unnoticed, were they not? They would not be leaving their shoes at the door where anybody could see them.

toroscan
1

Corrected entry: How can you explain the removal of dead body of the old housekeeper from the bunker? I don't think it was explained anywhere and looking at the considerable time Mr. Kim is going to spend there with a rotting dead body...

Correction: He disposes the body in the garden before the new owners arrive.

4

Continuity mistake: Just before the violent climax at the party, the pool of blood and the pieces of glass change position next to to Ki-woo, as the noose does. (01:51:55)

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Trivia: Throughout the film, lines are very subtly used to divide the Kim and Park families. Ex. Walls, picture frames and other objects with vertical lines often appear between members of either family when both are on the screen. One of the earliest examples is when Mrs. Park is introduced, and we see her outside of a window. There is a very clear line in the window between she and Ki-Woo, implying a sense of separation. Instances like this are littered throughout the film.

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