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The Host (2006)

Gwoemul (original title)
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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:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Park Gang-Doo
Byun Hee-Bong ... Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
Park Hae-il ... Park Nam-il
Bae Doona ... 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
Pil-sung Yim Pil-sung Yim ... Fat Guevara (as Pil-Sung Yim)
Roe-ha Kim ... Hazmat Suit Man at Funeral
Yeon-su Yu Yeon-su Yu ... District officer Mr. Jo
No-shik Park ... Inquiry officer
Su-hee Go Su-hee Go ... Hostage nurse
Scott Wilson ... Douglas
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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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It is Lurking Behind You 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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Trivia

Ko Asung and Kang-ho Song also starred as father and daughter in Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer (2013). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Yoon: You are dimwits, right to the end. I'll see you in hell.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Best "Monster FX" in years!
8 August 2006 | by denny-carrSee all my reviews

I just saw this film at the 2006 Melbourne International Film Festival. So invigorating to see a fantasy type film in a great setting on a big beautiful screen. Full house (aprox 400-500 people)Classic old theatre style of The Regent Theatre in the heart of Melbourne city.

What a great surprise to see a quality entertaining monster flick. You might begin to think as I tend to that the rest of your cinema going days will be spent avoiding such appalling Hollywood "Crap-busters" such as Godzilla or (enter current relevant movie here ;-) This film proves that adults can still be taken back...taken back to staring at the silver screen in wonder. It further proves, that a fantasy/adventure monster film can be a serious and funny film at the same time. Formula defying, original, intelligent... comical and sad. Comedy with pathos (just like real life refusing to fit neatly into categories)...very clever film making. Even with the alleged fear of subtitles, I would think there was a massive audience for this film amongst English speaking audiences...if only they would be given the chance to see it. Where's the mainstream distribution in Australia for a film like this? Best special effects and monster effects I've seen in years!


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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:

KRW12,215,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,000, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$2,201,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,433,436
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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