Our desperate bid to get on the Parasite train

Miky Lee accepting Parasite’s Oscar for Best Picture
Miky Lee accepting Parasite’s Oscar for Best Picture
Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

Did you know that CJ Group, the Korean entertainment conglomerate that funded Parasite started off as a humble food company that produced sugar and flour?


Now you do!

That was back in the 1950s, Miky Lee, Parasite’s executive producer, told The Wall Street Journal. “We were just a food company. When my grandfather passed away and we became independent, my brother and I really wanted to expand the company.”

And there you have it. Thank you, Ms. Lee, for giving us a reason to talk about Parasite on The Takeout.

Associate editor of The Takeout. Chicagoan. Owned by dog.


it’s interesting when you find out how some companies manage to successfully branch out into completely different businesses than what they started as. If you were a kid in the ‘80s, you remember Coleco as a toy and video game company (Cabbage Patch Kids, anyone?) Yet they were founded in the 1930s as the Connecticut Leather Company. There’s also a very big Indian tech/IT consulting and contract firm called Wipro, which started out in the 1940s as “Western India Palm Refined Oil Ltd.”

Or Velodyne, which is arguably at the forefront of the LIDAR tech used by most autonomous vehicle prototypes.  They were just a high-end speaker company before that.