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Parasite set design

At last year’s Oscars, the South Korean black comedy thriller Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win best film.

The events unfold in a single house, examining the complex class dynamics between two economically disparate families. In the film, the house is located in Seoul, owned by the wealthier family in the story and designed by fictional architect Namgoong Hyeonja.

Set designer Lee Ha Jun based the entire scheme for the house on one simple sketch by the film’s director, Bong Joon Ho. The set mirrors prevalent themes in the narrative: paths block certain positions, forcing characters to spy on one another. The house is minimal, uncluttered and large, playing with the material density of class difference.

Designed by Lee Ha Jun.

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