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The Host (2006) More at IMDbPro »Gwoemul (original title)

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The Host -- A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people.

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Director:
Writers:
Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
27 July 2006 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It is Lurking Behind You See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
20 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Entertainment With Brilliant Moments from Bong Jun Ho See more (269 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Park Gang-Doo
Hie-bong Byeon ... Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
Hae-il Park ... Park Nam-il

Doona Bae ... Park Nam-Joo (as Bae Doo-na)

Ah-sung Ko ... Park Hyun-seo (as Ko A-sung)
Dal-su Oh ... The Monster (voice)
Jae-eung Lee ... Se-jin
Dong-ho Lee ... Se-joo
Je-mun Yun ... Homeless Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Anselmo ... Donald (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Martin Lord Cayce ... U.S. Senator
Cristen Cho

Philip Hersh ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Lazar ... US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du
Brian Lee

Clinton Morgan ... Agent Yellow
No-shik Park
Brian Rhee ... Young Korean Doctor (as Brian Lee)

Scott Wilson ... US Doctor in Morgue
Pil-Sung Yim ... Fat Guevara

Directed by
Joon-ho Bong 
 
Writing credits
Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) &
Won-jun Ha (screenplay) (as Jun-won Ha) &
Chul-hyun Baek (screenplay)

Produced by
Yong-bae Choi .... producer
Junyoung Jang .... co-producer
Tae-sung Jeong .... executive producer
Neung-yeon Joh .... producer
Lewis Taewan Kim .... co-producer (as Lewis Kim)
Woo-Taek Kim .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Hyung-ku Kim 
 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
 
Casting by
John Jackson 
 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound designer
Tae-young Choi .... sound
Sean Garnhart .... sound designer
Yasuaki Nakajima .... adr supervisor
Rob Nokes .... additional sound effects
Bill Orrico .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Julie Anderson .... project coordinator
Toby Barron .... painter
Toby Barron .... sculptor
Brett Beacham .... foam latex fabricator
Brett Beacham .... mold maker
Janine Bray .... hair technician
Teisha Brook .... project coordinator
John Cox .... animatronics supervisor: John Cox's creature Workshop
Liam Hardy .... painter
Liam Hardy .... sculptor
Josh Head .... foam latex fabricator
Josh Head .... mold maker
Tobias Jahke .... foam latex fabricator
Tobias Jahke .... mold maker
Heui-cheol Jang .... special creature effects
Richard Mueck .... painter
Richard Mueck .... sculptor
Cheryl Newton .... hair technician
Steven Parker .... painter
Steven Parker .... sculptor
James Paul .... animatronics
James Paul .... on-set technician
David Renn .... painter
David Renn .... sculptor
Steven Renn .... animatronics
Mark Sloane .... animatronics
Sonny Tilders .... animatronics
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Abeyta .... production accountant
Shadi Almassizadeh .... computer graphics supervisor
Natalie Baillie .... compositor (as Natalie Nolan)
Robert Barker .... systems engineer
Kirstin Bradfield .... compositor
Juan Bronson .... visual effects coordinator
Daniela Calafatello .... modeler
Francis L. Camacho .... matchmove artist (as Francis Camacho)
Josh Cardenas .... digital artist (as Joshua Cardenas)
Carrie Cassada .... visual effects editor
Irfan Celik .... lead look development artist
Wei Chin Chen .... matchmove artist
Jeremy Cho .... lead 2D paint artist
Jeremy Cho .... lead roto artist
YouJin Choung .... compositor (as Youjin Cheung)
Brendan Coffey .... information technology director
Webster Colcord .... animation supervisor
Kathleen Cosby .... digital artist
Kevin Coyle .... rotoscope artist
Stéphane Cros .... creature rigger
Joe C. D'Amato .... support
Rif Dagher .... lead digital artist (as Rifaat Dagher)
Bruce Dahl .... animator
Pallavi Devabhaktuni .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
Tim Dobbert .... matchmove supervisor
Andi Dorfan .... rotoscope artist
Rama Dunayevich .... publicist: The Orphanage
Greg Dunn .... systems engineer
Greg Durrett .... matchmove artist
Trina Espinoza .... digital artist
Katharine Evans .... rotoscope artist
Simon Eves .... software development
Nathan Fariss .... lead digital artist
Jesse Fernley .... compositor
Arin Finger .... visual effects producer
Sharon Fitzgerald .... recruiter
Kate Geaghan .... support
David Gladstein .... software development
Daniel Gloates .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Juli Gumbiner .... manager of support and resource admin
Tyler Ham .... matchmove artist
Mark Hamilton .... digital artist
Jonathan Harman .... senior technical director
Marianne Heath .... rotoscope artist
Paul Hettler .... senior visual effects producer
Ki Jong Hong .... creature rigger
Ki Jong Hong .... creature technical director
Sunghwan Hong .... rotoscope artist
Kevin Hoppe .... matchmover: The Orphanage
Lindsay M. Hoppe .... rotoscope artist (as Lindsay Anderson)
Jessica Hsieh .... rotoscope artist
Tony Hurd .... production operations manager: The Orphanage
Michael Hutchinson .... visual effects assistant editor
Michael Janov .... lead digital artist
Steve Jaworski .... lead compositor
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Karen Kelly .... visual effects coordinator
Brook Kievit .... modeler
Kelly Kim .... visual effects coordinator
Seryong Kim .... visual effects consultant
SeungJang 'Jack' Kim .... modeler
Makoto Koyama .... animator
Scott Kravitz .... animator
Heath Kraynak .... rotoscope artist
Michal Kriukow .... digital artist
Brian Kulig .... CG sequence supervisor
Brian Kulig .... pipeline software developer
Jessica Lai .... matchmove artist
David H. Lam .... resource technical assistant (as David Lam)
Jeon-hyeong Lee .... visual effects
Ju-won Lee .... digital compositor
Soyoun Lee .... rotoscope artist
Michael Lester .... matchmove artist
Jimmy Lillard .... visual effects assistant editor
Kymber Lim .... visual effects consultant
Todd Lindo .... manager of support and resource admin
Ting Lo .... matchmoving artist (as Tiffany Lo)
Daniel Loeb .... animator
Jonathan Lyons .... animator
Kevin Mains .... resource technical assistant
Stuart T. Maschwitz .... senior staff: The Orphanage (as Stu Maschwitz)
Kyle McCulloch .... compositor
Dan McNamara .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Neil Michka .... lead animator
Matt Moses .... digital artist
Il Hwan Na .... digital compositor
Ross Nakamura .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage
Luke O'Byrne .... visual effects executive producer
Michael Oregon .... support
Alex Orzulak .... resource technical assistant
JaeWook Park .... digital artist
David Parsons .... animator
Christopher Paul .... matchmove artist
David Petry .... matchmove artist
Alexander Pouchkarev .... modeler (as Sasha Pouchkarev)
Alex Prichard .... lead compositor
Ralph Procida .... digital artist
Kevin Rafferty .... visual effects supervisor
Nina Rappaport .... visual effects consultant
Dav Rauch .... compositor
Aaron Rhodes .... rotoscope supervisor
Grover Richardson .... rotoscope artist
Corey Rosen .... creature supervisor
Jonathan Rothbart .... visual effects supervising consultant: The Orphanage
Salvador Ruiz .... animator: The Orphanage
Jesse Russell .... compositor
Marc Sadeghi .... executive visual effects producer
Moshe Sayada .... compositor
Joe Scarr .... digital artist
Andrew Schneider .... lead animator
Charles Schwartz .... matchmove artist (as Charlie Schwartz)
Stan Seo .... modeler
Nick Sinnott .... matchmove artist
Michael Spaw .... CG sequence supervisor
David Stern-Gottfried .... resource technical assistant
Scott Stewart .... senior staff: The Orphanage (as Scott Charles Stewart)
Carsten Sørensen .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Lisa Todd .... visual effects digital production manager
Brian Tolle .... matchmove lead
Jan Van Buyten .... animator
Brent Villalobos .... software development
Carl Walters .... editorial supervisor
Renee Ward .... visual effects production assistant
Ken Wesley .... digital artist
Mary Beth Worzella .... visual effects digital production manager (as Mary Beth)
Tiffany Wu .... matchmove/roto coordinator
Jeremy Yabrow .... software development manager
Andrea Yelle .... human resources
Danyo Donghyun Yoon .... pre-visualization artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Byung-seo Kim .... camera operator: "c" camera
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Other crew
Daniel Carlisle .... puppeteer
Robin De Lano .... dubbing voice
Michael Hurt .... subtitle translator
Wonjo Jeong .... production coordinator: New Zealand
Philip Millar .... puppeteer
Richard Mueck .... puppeteer
James Paul .... puppeteer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gwoemul" - South Korea (original title)
"Monster" - International (English title) (literal title)
"The Host 3D" - International (English title) (3-D version)
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MPAA:
Rated R for creature violence and language
Runtime:
119 min | Croatia:110 min (DVD)
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Quotes:
Suicidal jumper:You are dimwits, right to the end. I'll see you in hell.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »

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256 out of 335 people found the following review useful.
Great Entertainment With Brilliant Moments from Bong Jun Ho, 16 August 2006
Author: Richard Brunton from United Kingdom

The Host is a film that people have been talking about a lot during its production and the teasers and posters I'd seen to date had gotten me pretty interested. So when it was announced for the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year I had to go and see it.

I have to say I was more than impressed with what I saw. The Host is a film that provides something of everything from suspense to terror, from drama to a little touch of comedy, this film has it all. What's more surprising is that it delivers all of them very well and provides great entertainment on the way.

The opening of the film is perhaps one of the strongest I've seen. Starting with introductions to some of the main characters we instantly get a feel for who they are and what they are about, all the time with a healthy amount of humour. The first appearance of the creature is viewed quite satirically, or rather the peoples attitude and "car crash" mentality is.

Then when it races through a busy park attacking people, it's probably the best portrayal of group blind panic I've seen, and coupled with some excellent edge of your seat and distressing scenes. The shot of the girl standing in shock is one of the most disturbing scenes you'll witness, it's not something you'd expect to happen in a typical film and it's indicative of scenes to come.

Throughout the film you'll be toyed with, there are the usual straightforward scares, and one so effective I leapt out of my seat. There are also moments like the opening one at the park, where the unexpected happens and you really do get a surprise at the direction the story has just taken.

There are other similar incredibly strong moments that will hit you with a shock, and they seem out of place and going against what you believe should be happening. I felt myself looking at the screen in surprise thinking "That's not fair!", and that's a great response to illicit.

The frequent humour is an aspect of the story that is really well handled, it never detracts from other areas of the story, and often helps to relax a tense or distressing moment in order for the filmmakers to return to the situation and build it up again. Sneaky devils.

One of the oddest moments is when the family are mourning wildly in the school hall, this begins sadly and slowly, building in your uncomfortableness and sadness. Then something strange happens, they just manage to tip the performance into humour, just enough to lighten the situation and raise a few sniggers. Then photographers and film crews descend and we're presented with an interesting social commentary, yet you're still feeling the humour of the moment and just coming out from the sadness of the family. It's all wonderfully woven together.

The leads are good, particularly the young girl, Park Hyun-seo played by Ah-sung Ko, who is very convincing and strong in character. At times the emotions she shows are so natural and believable, you'll find yourself caught up in her scenes.

The other characters continually walk that fine line between comedic and serious performances. Each of them have their flaws which are shown throughout the film, but in the end each get their chance to redeem themselves and sometimes they get multiple chances, often they need them too.

That raises another interesting aspect, instead of following a standard route with the characters, their development follows the unusual turns of the film itself and we're treated to surprises and failures when we don't really expect them. Indeed you could almost say that these characters are more human than many fully focused dramatic character based films.

The creature effects in this film are quite superb. It has weight and a natural, organic movement. So often CGI creatures will appear to run over the ground or not properly interact and collide with real life objects, here though every effort has been made to address this, and it works superbly.

I don't believe I'm spoiling anything about the movie when I say that the ending seems slightly flat against the amount of entertainment that the rest of the film has managed to deliver. It wraps everything up incredibly neatly, with each character having had their shot at redemption. Yet it was a little too neatly tied up for me, although it didn't detract from anything else the film gave.

I'd recommend this film even for those not interested in Asian Horror, for this can't be classed alongside what you would expect from a typical Asian Horror, indeed there's not even a lot of horror. This is a suspenseful, thriller, drama, comedy, you're getting the idea. It's great entertainment with some brilliant moments of shock and terror. Well worth watching.

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