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 ... 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

(at around 24 mins) The scene where Nam-il kicks Gang-du at the funeral ceremony was improvised. See more »

Goofs

In the brief segment set in 2002, two fishermen see what is presumably the monster as a juvenile. As it swims away, one fisherman asks, "How many tails did that thing have?" When the adult monster appears, however, it only has one tail. See more »

Quotes

Park Hie-bong: [striking his sons on the head after realizing Nam-joo is missing] How could you leave behind your only sister?
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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 Top 10 Giant Movie Monsters (2008) See more »

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Excellent monster movie
30 July 2006 | by zoelatSee all my reviews

This is a movie which will go straight into "best monster movies" lists; it is ground-breaking in the way humorous and horror content has been intertwined by a master film director. It was the closing film, shown last night (July 30) in the Auckland International Film Festival. There was a packed house of which about 60% were Korean people living in New Zealand. The audience was very attentive and the reception given to the movie was justly big applause. The animatronic effects have been done scrupulously well and viewers can look forward to being enthralled by the skills of those who "made the monster". We got the print which had come straight from Cannes and apparently the film opened just two days before we saw it in Auckland. There is no doubt that this movie will go on to do very big business wherever people appreciate great horror films. My inclination to rate it 10/10 was tempered only by a little doubt about the pacing of some sequences, but it is certainly worth 9/10. Look out for when it comes to a theater near you.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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