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The Host (2006)

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A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director:

Joon-ho Bong (as Joon Ho Bong)

Writers:

Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong), Won-jun Ha (screenplay) (as Jun-won Ha) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Park Gang-Doo
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
Hae-il Park ... Park Nam-il
Doona Bae ... Park Nam-Joo (as Bae Doo-na)
Ko Asung ... Park Hyun-seo (as Ko A-sung)
Dal-su Oh ... The Monster (voice)
Jae-eung Lee Jae-eung Lee ... Se-jin
Dong-ho Lee Dong-ho Lee ... Se-joo
Je-mun Yun ... Homeless Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Anselmo David Anselmo ... Donald (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Martin Lord Cayce Martin Lord Cayce ... U.S. Senator
Cristen Cho Cristen Cho
Philip Hersh ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Lazar ... US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du
Brian Lee 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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Taglines:

Du är vad den äter. [You are what it eats] Swedish DVD release See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Host See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The designs of the creature were done by Weta Workshop. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Park Nam-il: [Points his gun precariously at Gang-du, who is sitting on the other side of the room, sound asleep] Look at that... Isn't that amazing? In this situation?
Park Nam-Joo: Wake him up, there's no time.
Park Hie-bong: Let him sleep a minute. He needs to sleep every so often.
Park Nam-il: Should we leave him here? He's no help anyway.
Park Hie-bong: Kids, wait a minute. Sit down. In your view, is Gang-du really so pathetic?
Park Nam-il: Yup.
Park Nam-Joo: Yes.
Park Hie-bong: You wouldn't know it, but he was a really smart kid. For example, when he was two, he'd sit in front of the village store, ...
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Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »

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The best monster movie in years!
24 January 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I have to admit that I was sceptical of the first reviews I read regarding 'The Host'. I'm not a fan of the majority of the modern day Asian horror output due to dull, yet immensely popular, films such as The Ring, Dark Water and The Grudge. The Host, however, is a film that truly deserves the praise lauded upon it. While the premise is not all that original (mutated monsters from all different countries have been terrorising our screens for decades); the style and execution of it is; and that is what makes the film brilliant. Not only is the direction stunning, the film beautiful and the central monster well designed; the way that Joon-ho Bong goes about telling this story is what really sets the film apart. On the surface, The Host is the story of a mutated squid monster that emerges from the Han River. However, beneath that it's actually the story of the Park family, who find themselves at odds with the Government after the youngest daughter is kidnapped by the monster. They're being held in quarantine, and decide to break out to track down their missing loved one...

On the whole, I'm not a big fan of CGI; but I can't complain too much here. The monster is really well designed and doesn't look like any other screen monster that I've seen. The animation of it is excellent too, and the creature does almost feel like it's alive! As mentioned, the main meat of the film comes in the form of the story of the Park family who have lost their loved one. The characters are all well thought out and clearly defined and director Joon-ho Bong does an excellent job of ensuring that we care about them and about the central story. The monster appears several times throughout the film, though it's neither under or over used and the story of the family is at least as interesting as the monster itself. There's also a deeper point on display, although it doesn't have quite as much meat as was maybe intended. The two messages I could pick out were a warning message against pollution (the monster was created by chemicals being dumped in the river) and another about Government control. The central scene is the one that sees the monster first appear from the river and The Host never really tops that sequence; but regardless of that this is the best monster movie I've seen in years and not even the downer ending could wipe a smile off my face when it finished. Don't miss this one!


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