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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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(screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong), (screenplay) (as Jun-won Ha) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
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Hee-Bong Byun ...
Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
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Park Nam-il
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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 ...
Se-joo
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 ...
US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du
Brian Lee
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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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Du är vad den äter. [You are what it eats] Swedish DVD release See more »

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Comedy | Drama | 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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Budget:

KRW 12,215,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$314,488 (USA) (9 March 2007)

Gross:

$2,201,412 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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

Quotes

Park Hie-bong: In a word... her birth was an accident, and so was her death. Old people have always said... that an animal which kills a human... should be torn limb from limb. That it's a human's duty to do so. Until I slit that beast's stomach... and at least find Hyun-seo's body... I'll never leave this world in peace.
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Not sure what all the fuss is about
18 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie having seen all the hype and I'm not sure where it drew all its great reviews from.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie, but it's not terribly great. I had that vague sense of relief at the end you get when a movie has outstayed its welcome.

To be fair, I saw a version that was over-dubbed rather than subtitled and I think that affected the mood quite a bit. A number of the overdubbed voices were sort of gross, cartoonish, caricatured voices that really seemed calculated for farce value. Along with some of the more ridiculous comedy scenes, this left it with a strange sense of not really knowing whether I should be laughing or crying when various characters got killed. The dumb father character, for instance, was so stupid as to be unsympathetic - which is tough because it was his daughter who was missing.

I think though, the mood is exactly what the makers were aiming for - it felt early Godzilla-esquire in its mix of solid if garish creature-feature fare and slightly off balance humour. I don't think I really *got* it, but I expect I might get more out of it after a few beers.

One thing I really did like were the visuals. Although the monster manages most of the time to look like a guy in a rubber suit, even thought its CGI, it works pretty well against the urban landscape, which often looked stunning. The director showed a lot of style and certainly wasn't afraid to try some interesting angles. I bet this would be great on a big screen.

Overall, kind of dumb, but certainly worth watching on an off night.


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