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The Host (2006)

Gwoemul (original title)
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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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(as Joon Ho Bong)

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Cast

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

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Host  »

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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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Trivia

As of March 2009, this is the highest grossing film to date in South Korea, selling a total of 13,019,740 tickets. This means that over 20% of the South Korean population watched the movie (although there were also some who went to see it several times). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Park Gang-Du: [Sprinting with all his might along the bridge after the monster] HYUN-SEO! HYUN-SEO, IT'S DADDY!
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #38.7 (2007) See more »

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Incredible
26 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie took me by storm, it is by far one of the more interesting, fast paced, seat-gripping movies to come out of Korea.

When I initially picked up this movie, I was sort of sceptical, a monster movie from Korea? Going to be mediocre at best. But this is where I thought wrong...

Right from the beginning, this movie was interesting, and it never lets you go once it got you. Fast pace from start till end. And it really helps that the effects are awesome.

The movie mixes humour well with the "horror" part of it, as it is a monster movie. And it works well. Even if you are not a particular fan of Asian movies, you might want to check this out for the effects alone.

I have seen this movie a couple of times already, and it doesn't get boring. It is somewhat of a gem in Asian film history - at least I think so.


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