Remember when “Parasite” won Best Picture and we actually thought 2020 could be a good year? Well, you can thank director Bong Joon-ho for trying to make the year into something resembling tolerable by bringing his Oscar-winning phenomenon, “Parasite” to UK theaters and the Curzon Home Cinema streaming service in a new Bong-approved Black-and-White edition. We also have a new trailer and an enigmatic poster to go along with it.
Along with the release date announcement, we get a new poster for the Black-and-White version of the movie, and like every other “Parasite” poster, it’s very enigmatic. The poster, debuted by Empire Magazine along with the new trailer, shows an alternate perspective on the main “Parasite” poster of the Park and Kim family gathering outside the Park family home. This time, we’re seeing the action from inside the house, with a large looming figure coming up behind them (who you’d recognize from the movie).
The new edition was first announced back in December of last year, and it had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam this past January before a limited theatrical release stateside. But the film is finally going to be released, albeit just in the UK for now, on July 24.
Back in January, director Bond released a statement saying “It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black-and-white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters.”
You can watch the trailer for the Black-and-White edition of “Parasite” below: