Architecture as Plot. „Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho Cover Image

Architektura jako fabuła. O „Parasite” Bong Joon-ho
Architecture as Plot. „Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho

Author(s): Rafał Koschany
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Architecture, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Korean cinema; architecture; film narrative; filmic space; Bong Joon-ho

Summary/Abstract: Bong’s "Parasite" is one of the most frequently awarded and best-reviewed films of 2019. Most journalists emphasized the critical and satirical tone of the work, directed against the economic stratification of South Korean society (and beyond). In this interpretation, however, a completely different dimension of the film is foregrounded, as signalled in the title formula “architecture as plot”. The article consists of three parts. The first part includes preliminary theoretical findings concerning the category of film space and the relationship between the city (architecture) and film. The second part is an analysis of the semiotics of the city and the architecture of the house in which most of the action takes place. The third is devoted to reflections on architecture as a generator of subsequent events, which ultimately can be interpreted as a kind of pretending on stage or as a board game. As a conclusion, the author proposes to treat Bong’s film as an autothematic statement, whose precise structure is not so much a goal, but a crucial topic.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 109
  • Page Range: 23-34
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish