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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.

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

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Taglines:

Monsters are real. 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

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: In a word... her birth was an accident, and so was her death. Old people have always said... that an animal which kills a human... should be torn limb from limb. That it's a human's duty to do so. Until I slit that beast's stomach... and at least find Hyun-seo's body... I'll never leave this world in peace.
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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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Incredible
26 January 2010 | by paul_haakonsenSee 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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