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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 »
User Reviews:
One crazy horror comedy drama socio-political allegory See more (272 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
Jae-Min Han .... colorist
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:
Director Joon-ho Bong and the designer of the creature nicknamed it Steve Buscemi, based on the actor's screen persona and the way he acted in the movie Fargo (1996).See more »
Quotes:
US Doctor in Morgue:Mr. Kim,
[running a finger along the counter]
US Doctor in Morgue:I hate dust more than anything.
Young Korean Doctor:Oh, I will clean again.
US Doctor in Morgue:You don't have to clean up now. Why don't you dump this first?
Young Korean Doctor:That's formaline.
US Doctor in Morgue:Formaldehyde, to be precise. To be even more precise, dirty formaldehyde. Every bottle is coated with layers of dust. Pour 'em into the sink.
Young Korean Doctor:Excuse me?
US Doctor in Morgue:Just empty every bottle to the very last drop.
Young Korean Doctor:It's just - They are toxic chemicals, and the regulations state -
[...]
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One crazy horror comedy drama socio-political allegory, 26 November 2012
Author: rooprect from New York City

"The Host" is as deceptive and intriguing as its title (there's currently a 6-page thread in the discussion board and we still haven't figured it out). The movie can be taken as a straightforward monster flick, a dark comedy, a sentimental drama, or a rich socio-political allegory.

For the sake of this review, let's approach it as more than an action/comedy/horror flick, and let's assume it's a deeper allegory. There's definitely a lot of symbolism, lots of cultural references and outright satire for you to munch on. I think that's what makes this seemingly-ordinary monster flick into a powerful film.

Right in the first scene, the director sets the tone with a caricature of Western (U.S.) muddling. Like the excellent Korean film "Welcome to Dongmakgol" released a year earlier, this film is not exactly complimentary toward America, so if that irritates you, you might want to skip this. But when you consider all the 80s Hollywood flicks that painted Russia as a villain, I guess it's fair enough that the USA should take its lumps.

(I did want to add that the director takes a diplomatic approach, mocking the American "establishment" while indirectly praising the American individual. He does this by including an American tourist who's really cool. So in other words, his criticisms are not one-sided.)

The plot is two-dimensional but the symbolic implications are profound. The story is about a monster that terrorizes the banks of the Han River and grabs a young girl, prompting her bumbling family to lead a rescue effort, with no help from the Korean authorities. Some say that the monster represents Western imperialism. It could represent a figurative "attack" on Korean culture, autonomy and sovereignty. Or it could even be taken literally to represent environmental terrors caused by American apathy.

Don't worry, the USA isn't the only target here. There are some pretty good jabs at the Korean authorities too, insinuating (in a way that's both entertaining and irritating) that the Korean government is apathetic & hopeless. "So much for Korea's new democracy," says one character at one point in the film. Some critics point out interesting parallels & allusions to the 1980 Gwangju Uprising (where the Korean Government botched the whole situation, killing & wounding hundreds at a student protest). Everyone is fair game in a dark satire like this. In that respect it reminded me of the excellent Veerhoven scifi satires "Starship Troopers" and "Robocop".

Like all good satires, there's a nice amount of comedy to remind us not to take everything at face value. The bumbling family provides some great laughs in the first half, and certain scenes in the hospital are reminiscent of the sarcastic masterpiece "Brazil" with its merciless mockery of all institutional powers. The scene where they're looking for a virus in a guy's head is both riotously hilarious and profoundly disturbing.

I did want to mention one thing in case you're wondering. No, the audience isn't supposed to feel sympathy for the monster, not like in "King Kong". I was actually surprised at that (in a good way), because the director didn't stray from his message with any gratuitous sentimentality. Normally I'm not a fan of killer animal flicks (Jaws, etc) because I usually find myself siding with the animals more readily than the humans. But this film managed to avoid all sympathies, since the monster itself is a product of human idiocy (which is explained in the first scene).

Well I've just thrown a bunch of ideas at you, and I don't claim any of them to be absolute. But the point is that this seemingly-ordinary horror flick is so much more. It's entirely up to you how you want to see it. Like I said up front, you can just see it as a straightforward monster flick, but I think if you read deeper into the parallels with current Korean society, you'll get a whole lot more out of this.

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