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So metaphorical: the Palme d'Or and Golden Globe Award®-winning, Oscar®-nominated film as a graphic novel drawn by Director Bong Joon Ho himself. In hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films in years and a brand-new way to experience a global phenomenon. As part o So metaphorical: the Palme d'Or and Golden Globe Award®-winning, Oscar®-nominated film as a graphic novel drawn by Director Bong Joon Ho himself. In hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films in years and a brand-new way to experience a global phenomenon. As part of his unique process, Director Bong Joon Ho storyboarded each shot of PARASITE prior to the filming of every scene. Accompanied by the film's dialog, the storyboards he drew capture the story in its entirety. Director Bong has also written a foreword and provided early concept drawings and photos from the set which take the reader even deeper into the vision that gave rise to this stunning cinematic achievement. Director Bong's illustrations share the same illuminating power of his writing and directing. The result is a gorgeous, riveting read and a fresh look at the vertiginous delights and surprises of Bong Joon Ho's deeply affecting, genre-defying story.


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So metaphorical: the Palme d'Or and Golden Globe Award®-winning, Oscar®-nominated film as a graphic novel drawn by Director Bong Joon Ho himself. In hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films in years and a brand-new way to experience a global phenomenon. As part o So metaphorical: the Palme d'Or and Golden Globe Award®-winning, Oscar®-nominated film as a graphic novel drawn by Director Bong Joon Ho himself. In hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films in years and a brand-new way to experience a global phenomenon. As part of his unique process, Director Bong Joon Ho storyboarded each shot of PARASITE prior to the filming of every scene. Accompanied by the film's dialog, the storyboards he drew capture the story in its entirety. Director Bong has also written a foreword and provided early concept drawings and photos from the set which take the reader even deeper into the vision that gave rise to this stunning cinematic achievement. Director Bong's illustrations share the same illuminating power of his writing and directing. The result is a gorgeous, riveting read and a fresh look at the vertiginous delights and surprises of Bong Joon Ho's deeply affecting, genre-defying story.

30 review for Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenin

    the fact that bong joon ho could make my heartbeat race from storyboards? his POWER. but all jokes aside, since I saw this movie around this time last year, I had been talking it up so much I thought maybe I was hyping it up in my head? but reading this just showed me how much I loved it and how I need to rewatch it. near the end I was tearing up and emotional. a great book and I think when I have money to spare (lmao) I will be purchasing my own copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I've always wanted to get my hands on Bong's self-drawn storyboards, and this did not disappoint. Beyond just appreciating his precise, detailed vision, and excellent cartooning skills, there is lot to be learned about filmmaking here. I also enjoyed seeing the few lines/shots/scenes that were scrapped, changed, or modified during the shoot or the edit. This is a must for any filmmaking fan or any Bong fan. I wish similar books existed for his entire body of work. Really my only criticism is tha I've always wanted to get my hands on Bong's self-drawn storyboards, and this did not disappoint. Beyond just appreciating his precise, detailed vision, and excellent cartooning skills, there is lot to be learned about filmmaking here. I also enjoyed seeing the few lines/shots/scenes that were scrapped, changed, or modified during the shoot or the edit. This is a must for any filmmaking fan or any Bong fan. I wish similar books existed for his entire body of work. Really my only criticism is that title -- this is in no way a graphic novel, it's a bound collection of storyboards, which other than also being sequential art, are a very different thing with a very different purpose. If anyone comes to it thinking it is literally a graphic novel adaptation of Parasite they will likely be disappointed. I get that it's just a marketing thing, but it bugs me none-the-less.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rach

    As a firm believer in thumbnail sketching and storyboarding for graphic design projects that I work on, it was especially interesting to see Bong Joon Ho do the same thing but for the movie screen. The way he sketches and draws the characters emotions builds tension so expertly and is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. This book is a gift to all visual thinkers, artists, and Parasite film fans alike. It is astounding how close the final masterpiece is to the initial, but genius, sketches.

  4. 4 out of 5

    George Bartlett

    "This is so metaphorical." "This is so metaphorical."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Ligaya dela Cruz

    I love this movie a thousand times more!! and it was so cool to see the deleted scenes and little changes that were translated beautifully from page to screen. reading this graphic novel got me just as excited and shocked as I was watching the film.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    How to amplify Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite experience? Read the storyboard in chunks and watch that film chunk immediately afterwards, pause the film, read another chunk, repeat. Getting into Bong Joon-ho’s mind via his drawn storyboard is to understand the mechanism of how Parasite came to be, shot by shot, the panning, angles, dialogues, details, etc. It’s so rare that storyboards to a masterful film like this is accessible in this format.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Script book accompanied with the entire storyboard sketches from Bong Joon Ho himself. A bit clustered and messy with the scene to scene movement, but not everything has to be clean and concise when you(the creator) understands what you want done with the scene. Towards the end there’s more sketches and a good bit of photos from the film. Definitely enjoyed seeing the ideas behind the films creation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kriz

    There is nothing more exhilarating than having little knowledge of a film before experiencing it, and emerging with a plethora of theories, questions, and philosophies after going in for the ride. When Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made whirlwind news around film twitter after its Palm d’Or win, I knew I had to add it to my folder of critically-acclaimed films while I wait for the right time and mood to watch it. However, at that time, its growing publicity and surrounding hype in Twitter pushed it to There is nothing more exhilarating than having little knowledge of a film before experiencing it, and emerging with a plethora of theories, questions, and philosophies after going in for the ride. When Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made whirlwind news around film twitter after its Palm d’Or win, I knew I had to add it to my folder of critically-acclaimed films while I wait for the right time and mood to watch it. However, at that time, its growing publicity and surrounding hype in Twitter pushed it to the top of my list, to the point where I went in cold, without watching the trailer or reading any detailed reviews of it --- a decision that I have no regrets with. Its fluidity to move across genres, the incredible pacing and storytelling, the ambiguity of its title, and the film’s multiple layers and depths of social class disparity, were all so flawlessly woven to deliver a modern, tragicomedy masterpiece that eats your cinematic soul. It’s even more impressive when you dive into Bong Joon Ho’s galaxy brain through his storyboards and screenplay. To experience another film like this again might take another decade or probably another film from the same director, but overall, my remarkable experience of watching Parasite makes what movie-going such a joy, and something that I actually miss, most especially in this time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Quality Rating: Five Stars Enjoyment Rating: Five Stars A filmmaker's paradise, literally. Not only does this book contain the storyboards for Parasite, you essentially get the whole script alongside it as well as key floor plans and location breakdowns - and that's before you get to the concept drawings and stills at the back. While it doesn't have a whole lot of explanation for how these things work or the process behind them, non-filmmakers can still understand and enjoy the way the story unfol Quality Rating: Five Stars Enjoyment Rating: Five Stars A filmmaker's paradise, literally. Not only does this book contain the storyboards for Parasite, you essentially get the whole script alongside it as well as key floor plans and location breakdowns - and that's before you get to the concept drawings and stills at the back. While it doesn't have a whole lot of explanation for how these things work or the process behind them, non-filmmakers can still understand and enjoy the way the story unfolds with Bong-ssi's meticulous ability to articulate with an image - most of the shots are near identical to those captured in the final film. I'm also happy to say that this book includes some of the deleted scenes I became aware of from reading the script, so plenty of new things for lovers of the film.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    This is a great, unique piece of behind the scenes content for an excellent film that I would definitely recommend to anyone who wades into the bonus features on a DVD or listens to commentary tracks. That said, “a graphic novel in storyboards” is a pretty generous description that plays it pretty loose with the term “graphic novel.” I enjoyed the storyboards but they are but no means an alternative means of taking in the story. Will definitely be googling a bunch of camera terms and than skimming This is a great, unique piece of behind the scenes content for an excellent film that I would definitely recommend to anyone who wades into the bonus features on a DVD or listens to commentary tracks. That said, “a graphic novel in storyboards” is a pretty generous description that plays it pretty loose with the term “graphic novel.” I enjoyed the storyboards but they are but no means an alternative means of taking in the story. Will definitely be googling a bunch of camera terms and than skimming through this bad boy again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cholodewitsch

    You get exactly what’s advertised. A very short forward written by Bong Joon Ho. Some stills from the movie and Early concept art pad out the back end. The meat of the book is a storyboard of the whole movie. Very interesting to see how Bong had 99% of the movie figured out exactly. There’s a few extra lines and scenes (and a few lines missing) that make the whole reading worth it. Really interesting to think about what their presence/absence adds.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Selin Apaydin

    bruh his vision. his MIND!! this is so fucking cool. i loved seeing the storyboards for the scenes that were cut and like the little bits of dialogue that didn’t make it to the final movie. i kinda wanna reread while rewatching it? also i kinda wish there was more behind the scenes stuff (like “we cut this scene bc...”) but idk how interesting or relevant that would be? Anyway mwah this slaps

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen Leigh-Phippard

    A filmmakers dream, this is basically Bong Joon Ho’s incredibly detailed storyboards for his award-winning film Parasite. It includes dialogue, floor plans, deleted scenes and an introduction from the man himself. This is about as close as you can get to being inside his head and offers an incredible glimpse into his creative process. Fabulous.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was super comprehensive and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the film. Storyboards aren't really my thing as much as scripts are, but it's interesting to see how planned this was and how it compares to the movie. This was super comprehensive and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the film. Storyboards aren't really my thing as much as scripts are, but it's interesting to see how planned this was and how it compares to the movie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Will

    As far as film books go, personally I would’ve liked the dimensions of the book to be bigger so that we could appreciate the storyboards more. This is a very useful text if you’re interested in seeing how a movie is storyboarded and planned

  16. 4 out of 5

    mia

    gives a nice in depth look at his creative process

  17. 5 out of 5

    sophie ✨

    Loved seeing the process behind one of my favorite Academy Award winners, and I love seeing storyboard being used in traditional film to this extent.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I'm amazed by Bong Joon-ho's detailed storyboards! I loved being able to see his vision and planning. I'm amazed by Bong Joon-ho's detailed storyboards! I loved being able to see his vision and planning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah H.

    10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey McCullough

    Best screenplay of the last several years, and the storyboards are an invaluable tool for anyone interested in the process of filmmaking. Outstanding.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Bada

    this movie was a TRUE masterpiece so please watch this if you can't. I am definitely going to pick this up and just display it for show because it needs the recognition it deserves! this movie was a TRUE masterpiece so please watch this if you can't. I am definitely going to pick this up and just display it for show because it needs the recognition it deserves!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jiayu

    This book leaves you with absolutely no doubt that film-making is a craft and that Bong Joon Ho is really one of the finest craftsmen in his field.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    If you're into storyboarding this is a must. I browsed. If you're into storyboarding this is a must. I browsed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    M. Claudia

    Bong Joon-Ho's masterpiece Bong Joon-Ho's masterpiece

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    dnf @ p. 26 - just not the right time for this one; will revisit later~

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Van Norman

    Parasite was easily my favorite film of 2019 (and probably my favorite film of the past 10 years), so I knew I had to get the graphic novel version presented with storyboards. Bong Joon-ho is a creative genius and it was really neat to see how the story, as well as the sets, were all formulated.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Neil

  28. 5 out of 5

    Veeral

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

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