When people look back at 2019, it will be remembered as the year of Parasite. As the first Korean film to win the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Picture, it set the record for the Biggest Specialized Limited Opening in the fall for that year. With a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it has already become a cult classic that will stand the test of time, and a movie which film buffs around the world will want to check out. For those wondering where to stream 2019’s Parasite, here’s where to go if you're looking to find out what the fuss is about.
In an unusual move for a film that went on to win the Best Picture Oscar, there was no Parasite wide release across the United States. Its official debut is listed as May 21, 2019, but that was at the Cannes Film Festival in Europe. (That's also where it won the Palme d'Or, the first film to win on a unanimous vote since 2013's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.) It then went on to open in its home country of South Korea on May 30.
But as a foreign language film, distributors saw it as a hard sell, and though Neon picked it up for distribution across the western world, it didn't schedule the film for a wide release. The movie opened in the U.S. on Oct. 11, billed as a Halloween-type suspense thriller. As noted above, for a "Specialized Limited Opening" (mostly in Los Angeles and New York), it shattered records. But there were entire swathes of the country where the movie never played, and for whom streaming is the only way they’ll see it.
The easiest way to get 2019’s Parasite streaming is via Hulu. The streamer made an exclusive deal with Parasite’s distributor, NEON, back in 2017, granting it the rights to stream all NEON’s offerings, including other award-worthy films like Margot Robbie's I, Tonya.
Though as of April 2020, Hulu is the only place subscribers can watch Parasite for free, it’s not the only option. If you don’t have Hulu, the film is available via digital rental or purchase from several sources. The cheapest place to rent it is Redbox, where it costs $3. There’s also Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and Apple TV, where the movie is available for $4. It’s also available on Vudu and FandangoNow to rent for $6. Or you can purchase a digital copy for $15 to stream anytime, via any of the above places.
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