AuthorTopic: The halfway underground homes of ‘Parasite’ are real spaces of desperation  (Read 317 times)

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SEOUL —

For nine years, South Korean poet Shin Hyun-rim and her daughter resided in a netherworld seven steps below the street.

In the heart of Seoul, a stone’s throw from the presidential residence and skyscrapers housing the likes of Samsung, Shin and her daughter lived in a banjiha — a semi-basement apartment with scant sunlight and dirt-cheap rent, that for many South Koreans is a last resort, a rite of passage or a low-slung pit stop on the way to something better.

“You can’t tell whether it’s night or daytime,” said Shin, 58, who moved to a fourth-floor walk-up about two years ago. “It’s a good place to dream. Your imagination is what gets you through it.”


https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-02-12/movie-parasite-korea-bong-joon-ho-banjiha?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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SEOUL —

For nine years, South Korean poet Shin Hyun-rim and her daughter resided in a netherworld seven steps below the street.

In the heart of Seoul, a stone’s throw from the presidential residence and skyscrapers housing the likes of Samsung, Shin and her daughter lived in a banjiha — a semi-basement apartment with scant sunlight and dirt-cheap rent, that for many South Koreans is a last resort, a rite of passage or a low-slung pit stop on the way to something better.

“You can’t tell whether it’s night or daytime,” said Shin, 58, who moved to a fourth-floor walk-up about two years ago. “It’s a good place to dream. Your imagination is what gets you through it.”


https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-02-12/movie-parasite-korea-bong-joon-ho-banjiha?utm_source=pocket-newtab

I saw that movie.....not bad if you don't mind being bludgeoned with social commentary.

 In the movie the basement apartments get flooded and the (poor) protagonist family loses everything....and the toilet overflows and everyone is running around trying to save their almost worthless belongings.....while drowning in raw sewage and getting electrocuted by bad wiring.

The movie is all about wealth inequality in S. Korea. The rich elite family living up the hill in their multi-million dollar home with its walled manicured lawn is unaffected.......blah, blah.
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