Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

South Korea, 1986: Until now, life in this rural area was quite peaceful. Then the body of a woman is discovered near a field, and soon afterward, there's a second body. Both of them had been raped. But by whom? The first to be suspected is mentally handicapped Kwang-ho Baek. But he's just one of many leads that local investigator Doo-man Park and his colleague from Seoul, Tae-yoon Seo, are looking into. Soon events come thick and fast as more and more evidence comes to light, confounding the police. While public pressure continues to increase and a culprit must be found, the team's nerves are fraying more and more. A catastrophe is about to happen.

tags: Far East, History, Violence, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Kang-Ho Song, Sang-Kyung Kim


Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho, Sung-bo Shim

Original Material: Gwang-rim Kim

Director of Photography: Hyung-Ku Kim

Film Editor: Sun-min Kim

Composer: Taro Iwashiro

Production Designer: Sung-hee Ryu

Costume Design: Yoo-sun Kim

Producer: Moo-ryung Kim

Production Company: Sidus

World Sales: CJ Entertainment

Distributor: MFA+ FilmDistribution e.K.

Director: Bong Joon Ho


Born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969, Bong Joon Ho studied psychology at Yonsei University in Seoul before completing a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first feature film, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, about a university lecturer who kidnaps undesirable dogs, was critically acclaimed and shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2001. His breakthrough came with his second film, MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003), about a real series of murders. The satirical monster movie THE HOST (2006) and the science-fiction film SNOWPIERCER (2013) with its international cast drew more than nine million moviegoers each in South Korea, placing them both among the 20 most successful films of all time in that country. Bong's latest film, PARASITE (2019), which is showing this year in the CineMasters section at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, was awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.