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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 »
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Awards:
20 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The director designed all of the creature's movements. He compared it to directing an actor.See more »
Quotes:
Suicidal jumper:You are dimwits, right to the end. I'll see you in hell.See more »

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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The Host, 26 November 2007
Author: ciotti40 from United States

The Host is by far one of the best monster movies in years. The movie follows a bumbling young father, Gang-Do Park, and his family. The story starts like every monster movie; everything is calm and uneventful, "business as usual" you might say. When a mutated fish creature comes along the river bank and begins killing anyone in its path. Amidst all of the confusion, Gang-Do's daughter, Hyun-seo, is picked up by the monster and dragged back to the sewer. The story then turns into a search for Hyun-seo. Gang-Do and his family evade the authorities and use all the money they have to desperately continue their quest.

The reason I picked up this movie in the first place is because the box said that it was "on par with Jaws." I found this hard to believe but the monster in The Host is the one of the most cinematically pleasing CG creations in recent years and is probably the most original looking monster since Alien. It was legitimately scary looking and had a very unique style of moving that set it apart from previous monsters. Another strength of this monster is how well the CG is done. It does not just look like some computer generated figure spliced into live action footage. It looks like it belongs in the shot. The monster also has enough on screen time to make the movie suspenseful. The movie keeps the viewer wanting to see more of the monster while, at the same time, keeping them satisfied with the number of appearances.

The Park family does a pretty good job of keeping the audience entertained while the monster is off screen. The relationship that Gang-Do shares with his father, "college man" brother, and professional archer sister maintains a balance of drama and humor that the audience can appreciate. This dynamic seems strange but the movie makes it work. You start to really feel like these people are family. The best thing about these characters is that you are not disappointed when they are on the screen. Some monster movies seem to get kind of boring when the monster is off screen (Godzilla 1998).

The weakest thing about this movie, as it is with most foreign films, is the English translation and dubbing. After a while it becomes bearable but in the beginning it sounds absolutely awful. I don't say this very often because, like many Americans, I hate reading subtitles. But I think this one time I would have made the exception because the voice acting was just terrible. They just didn't seem to fit the characters very well. The dialogue in some scenes is very awkward as well. Some of the English translation just sounds out of place. This happens a lot with language barriers, however, and sometimes it just cannot be helped. If you want to watch something that is not meant to be in your language, you've just got to go with what you get.

I started off saying that this is one of the best monster movies in years, and it is. It's not perfect, but what monster movie is? It has some flaws but the originality of the monster and the simplicity of the plot makes this movie very easy to follow and worth watching at the very least. It is pretty good for what it is. The whole "monster terrorizing an Asian town" seems like it has been done a million times (because it has), but this movie has some new things to offer. Would I call this movie "on par with Jaws"? I wouldn't personally, but it is definitely better than some of the cheesy messes that monster movies have made in the past.

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