Parasite scores new streaming record on Hulu after one week
It has already been a week since Bong Joon-Ho’s Oscar-winning film Parasite had made its exclusive streaming debut on Hulu, and now IndieWire is bringing word that the critically-acclaimed South Korean film is continuing to break records after records as it has become the most streamed independent and foreign-language film among all movies available on the streaming service. On top of that, Parasite has also taken the honor of becoming the second most-watched film of all time in Hulu’s history, beating other popular American films such as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, A Quiet Place and Creed II.
The film is set amidst the two families, the Parks, the picture of aspirational wealth, and the Kims, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.
Parasite is a peculiar tale about two families who are worlds apart yet somewhat alike, portraying a striking reality of the world we live in. The film stars Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun-Kyun (A Hard Day), Cho Yeo-Jeong (Obsessed), Choi Woo-Shik (Okja), Park So-Dam (The Priests), and Chang Hyae-Jin (Poetry).
Parasite debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to critical raves, currently maintaining a 99% approval rating from 430 critics on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes and taking home the Palme d’Or from the festival. It then went on to make history at the 92nd Academy Awards for taking home four Oscars wins out of six nominations, including Bong Joon Ho’s Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (shared with Jim Won Han) awards, as well as Best International Feature Film and Best Picture, the movie earned record box-office numbers the following weekend on top of an increase in digital sales.