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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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Man has made his newest predator 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joon-ho Bong was impressed with Scott Wilson after having seen him in, among other films, Monster (2003). He approached the actor by sending him a copy of the script and a DVD of his previous film, Memories of Murder (2003). The actor later agreed to be in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Park Hie-bong: [from a deleted scene, trying to defend Gang-du] I didn't even teach him the Korean alphabet. Then one day I saw him reading from a calendar. "Without family planning, you can't avoid poverty." Something like that.
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Crazy Credits

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

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User Reviews

Believable characters and moments that will make you jump out of your chair.....
7 September 2006 | by Min_BSee all my reviews

I happened to watch this tonight at the cinema although I don't speak or understand Korean... let alone Japanese...however it wasn't difficult to grasp the story or get caught up with the characters and the situation.

This film is comical in parts and borders on science fiction, drama and even horror, but it is really fantastic to watch and displays a lot of emotion and realistic reactions. The special effects are excellent, the characters are believable and it is one movie well worth watching even if it is in a different language. There is nothing like a creature from hell to add a bit of excitement to your day....

For the first time ever I knocked over my coke and jumped 6 feet out of my seat when I was suddenly and unexpectedly given the fright of my life....for those of you that like this kind of excitement....be on the watch out for this little gem. (Subtitles would be an idea).

I highly recommend this film and cant wait to buy it and own it on DVD!!!!


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