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The Host (2006)

Gwoemul (original title)
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

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Hee-Bong Byun ...
Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
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Park Nam-Joo (as Bae Doo-na)
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Park Hyun-seo (as Ko A-sung)
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The Monster (voice)
Jae-eung Lee ...
Se-jin
Dong-ho Lee ...
Je-mun Yun ...
Homeless Man
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Donald (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Martin Lord Cayce ...
U.S. Senator
Cristen Cho
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Paul Lazar ...
Brian Lee
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Storyline

The film revolves around Park Hee-bong, a man in his late 60s. He runs a small snack bar on the banks of the Han River and lives with his two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter. The Parks seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life, but maybe they are a bit poorer than the average Seoulite. Hee-bong's elder son Gang-du is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo is an archery medalist and member of the national team. One day, an unidentified monster suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is carried off by the monster and disappears. All of the family members are in a great agony because they lost someone very dear to them. But when they find out she is still alive, they resolve to save her. Written by Plot Summary

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for creature violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 12,215,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

KRW 10,002,411,650 (South Korea), 30 July 2006, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$314,488, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$2,201,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,431,890
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Trivia

The event described in the beginning of the film is based on an actual event. In February 2000 at a US military facility located in the center of Seoul, a US military civilian employee named Mr. McFarland was ordered to dispose of formaldehyde by dumping it into the sewer system that led to the Han River, despite the objection of a South Korean subordinate. The government attempted to prosecute Mr. McFarland in court, but the US military refused to hand over the custody of Mr. McFarland to the South Korean legal system. Later, a South Korean judge convicted Mr. McFarland in absentia. The Public was enraged at the government's inability to enforce its law on its own soil. In 2005, nearly five years after the original incident, Mr. McFarland was finally found guilty in a court in his presence. However, he never served the actual prison sentence, and there have been no sightings of a mutant creature in the Han River - yet. See more »

Goofs

The sewerage they are searching the monster in, is dry and clean. See more »

Quotes

US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du: [speaking to his colleague in private] The late Sgt. Donald, the first one classified as a victim of the virus, was given an extensive autopsy and no virus was found. He died of shock during the operation. Also, no traces of the virus were found in any of the patients quarantined. Simply put, so far, there is no virus whatsoever.
Park Gang-Du: [in English] Huh? No virus?
[in Korean]
Park Gang-Du: You mean there's no virus? Right? There's no virus!
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »

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All time number one block buster in Korea
3 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

In just over a month (38 days), this movie set a new record in Korean box office with viewers over 12.4 millions. Personally, I enjoyed the movie because it was a very different kind of scary movie. It was funny, friendly, realistic, emotional, AND very scary.

For international viewers outside of Korea, the movie provides a very vivid scenery of the Han River which runs through the heart of Seoul City. The riverbank, bridges, streets, stores, and people are so real and unedited which provides an added contrast to the appearance of the CG created monster which is so much out of this world.

After 38 days, the movie is still being shown in theaters within Korea where more than a quarter of the entire population has seen the movie already. Over 200 screens have opened up in Japan this week and news reports say that some 20 countries including US and UK have decided to raise the curtain soon.


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