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The Host ()

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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Cast

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Park Gang-Doo
Hee-Bong Byun ...
Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
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Park Nam-il
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Park Nam-Joo (as Bae Doo-na)
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Park Hyun-seo (as Ko A-sung)
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The Monster (voice)
Jae-eung Lee ...
Se-jin
Dong-ho Lee ...
Se-joo
Je-mun Yun ...
Homeless Man
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Donald (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Martin Lord Cayce ...
U.S. Senator
Cristen Cho
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Additional Voices (voice)
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US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du
Brian Lee
Clinton Morgan ...
Agent Yellow
Brian Rhee ...
Young Korean Doctor (as Brian Lee)
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US Doctor in Morgue
Pil-sung Yim ...
Fat Guevara (as Pil-Sung Yim)

Directed by

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Joon-ho Bong ... (as Joon Ho Bong)

Written by

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Joon-ho Bong ... (screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong) &
Won-jun Ha ... (screenplay) (as Jun-won Ha) &
Chul-hyun Baek ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Joon H. Choi ... co-executive producer
Yong-bae Choi ... producer
Junyoung Jang ... co-producer
Tae-sung Jeong ... executive producer
Neung-yeon Joh ... producer
Katharine Kim ... co-executive producer
Lewis Taewan Kim ... co-producer (as Lewis Kim)
Woo-taek Kim ... executive producer
Miky Lee ... executive producer

Music by

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Byung-woo Lee

Cinematography by

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Hyung-ku Kim

Film Editing by

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Sun-min Kim

Editorial Department

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Jae-Min Han ... colorist
Yong-gi Lee ... colorist

Casting By

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John Jackson

Production Design by

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Seong-hie Ryu

Art Direction by

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Seong-hie Ryu

Set Decoration by

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Hong-sam Yang

Costume Design by

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Sang-gyeong Jo

Makeup Department

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Hee Eun Lee ... special makeup effects artist

Sound Department

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Coll Anderson ... sound designer
Tae-young Choi ... sound
Sean Garnhart ... sound designer
Yasuaki Nakajima ... adr supervisor
Rob Nokes ... additional sound effects
Bill Orrico ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Julie Anderson ... project coordinator
Toby Barron ... painter / sculptor
Brett Beacham ... foam latex fabricator / mold maker
Janine Bray ... hair technician
Teisha Brook ... project coordinator
John Cox ... animatronics supervisor: John Cox's creature Workshop
Liam Hardy ... painter / sculptor
Josh Head ... foam latex fabricator / mold maker
Tobias Jahke ... foam latex fabricator / mold maker
Heui-cheol Jang ... special creature effects
Richard Mueck ... painter / sculptor
Cheryl Newton ... hair technician
Steven Parker ... painter / sculptor
James Paul ... animatronics / on-set technician
David Renn ... painter / sculptor
Steven Renn ... animatronics
Mark Sloane ... animatronics
Sonny Tilders ... animatronics

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Christopher Abeyta ... production accountant
Shadi Almassizadeh ... computer graphics supervisor
Natalie Baillie ... compositor (as Natalie Nolan)
Robert Barker ... systems engineer
Kirstin Bradfield ... compositor
Juan Bronson ... visual effects coordinator
Daniela Calafatello ... modeler
Francis L. Camacho ... matchmove artist (as Francis Camacho)
Josh Cardenas ... digital artist (as Joshua Cardenas)
Carrie Cassada ... visual effects editor
Irfan Celik ... lead look development artist
Wei Chin Chen ... matchmove artist
Jeremy Cho ... lead 2D paint artist / lead roto artist
Jae-cheon Choi ... visual effects supervisor
YouJin Choung ... compositor (as Youjin Cheung)
Brendan Coffey ... information technology director
Webster Colcord ... animation supervisor
Kathleen Cosby ... digital artist
Kevin Coyle ... rotoscope artist
Stéphane Cros ... creature rigger
Joe C. D'Amato ... support
Rif Dagher ... lead digital artist (as Rifaat Dagher)
Bruce Dahl ... animator
Pallavi Devabhaktuni ... digital paint and rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
Tim Dobbert ... matchmove supervisor
Andi Dorfan ... rotoscope artist
Rama Dunayevich ... publicist: The Orphanage
Greg Dunn ... systems engineer
Greg Durrett ... matchmove artist
Trina Espinoza ... digital artist
Katharine Evans ... rotoscope artist
Simon Eves ... software development
Nathan Fariss ... lead digital artist
Jesse Fernley ... compositor
Arin Finger ... visual effects producer
Sharon Fitzgerald ... recruiter
Kate Geaghan ... support
David Gladstein ... software development
Daniel Gloates ... senior staff: The Orphanage
Juli Gumbiner ... manager of support and resource admin
Tyler Ham ... matchmove artist
Mark Hamilton ... digital artist
Jonathan Harman ... senior technical director
Marianne Heath ... rotoscope artist
Paul Hettler ... senior visual effects producer
Ki Jong Hong ... creature rigger / creature technical director
Sunghwan Hong ... rotoscope artist
Kevin Hoppe ... matchmover: The Orphanage
Lindsay M. Hoppe ... rotoscope artist (as Lindsay Anderson)
Jessica Hsieh ... rotoscope artist
Tony Hurd ... production operations manager: The Orphanage
Michael Larry Hutchinson ... visual effects assistant editor (as Michael Hutchinson)
Michael Janov ... lead digital artist
Steve Jaworski ... lead compositor
Sung-jin Jung ... visual effects supervisor
Karen Kelly ... visual effects coordinator
Brook Kievit ... modeler
Kelly Kim ... visual effects coordinator
Seryong Kim ... visual effects consultant
SeungJang 'Jack' Kim ... modeler
Makoto Koyama ... animator
Scott Kravitz ... animator
Heath Kraynak ... rotoscope artist
Michal Kriukow ... digital artist
Brian Kulig ... CG sequence supervisor / pipeline software developer
Jessica Lai ... matchmove artist
David H. Lam ... resource technical assistant (as David Lam)
Jeon Hyoung Lee ... visual effects (as Jeon-hyeong Lee)
Ju-won Lee ... digital compositor
Soyoun Lee ... rotoscope artist
Michael Lester ... matchmove artist
Jimmy Lillard ... visual effects assistant editor
Kymber Lim ... visual effects consultant
Todd Lindo ... manager of support and resource admin
Ting Lo ... matchmoving artist (as Tiffany Lo)
Daniel Loeb ... animator
Jonathan Lyons ... animator
Kevin Mains ... resource technical assistant
Stuart T. Maschwitz ... senior staff: The Orphanage (as Stu Maschwitz)
Kyle McCulloch ... compositor
Dan McNamara ... senior staff: The Orphanage
Neil Michka ... lead animator
Matt Moses ... digital artist
Il Hwan Na ... digital compositor
Ross Nakamura ... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage
Luke O'Byrne ... visual effects executive producer
Michael Oregon ... support
Alex Orzulak ... resource technical assistant
JaeWook Park ... digital artist
David Parsons ... animator
Christopher Paul ... matchmove artist
David Petry ... matchmove artist
Alexander Pouchkarev ... modeler (as Sasha Pouchkarev)
Alex Prichard ... lead compositor
Ralph Procida ... digital artist
Kevin Rafferty ... visual effects supervisor
Nina Rappaport ... visual effects consultant
Dav Rauch ... compositor
Aaron Rhodes ... rotoscope supervisor
Grover Richardson ... rotoscope artist
Corey Rosen ... creature supervisor
Jonathan Rothbart ... visual effects supervising consultant: The Orphanage
Salvador Ruiz ... animator: The Orphanage
Jesse Russell ... compositor
Marc Sadeghi ... executive visual effects producer
Moshe Sayada ... compositor
Joe Scarr ... digital artist
Andrew Schneider ... lead animator
Charles Schwartz ... matchmove artist (as Charlie Schwartz)
Stan Seo ... modeler
Nick Sinnott ... matchmove artist
Michael Spaw ... CG sequence supervisor
David Stern-Gottfried ... resource technical assistant
Scott Stewart ... senior staff: The Orphanage (as Scott Charles Stewart)
Carsten Sørensen ... senior staff: The Orphanage
Lisa Todd ... visual effects digital production manager
Brian Tolle ... matchmove lead
Jan Van Buyten ... animator
Brent Villalobos ... software development
Carl Walters ... editorial supervisor
Renee Ward ... visual effects production assistant
Ken Wesley ... digital artist
Mary Beth Worzella ... visual effects digital production manager (as Mary Beth)
Tiffany Wu ... matchmove/roto coordinator
Jeremy Yabrow ... software development manager
Andrea Yelle ... human resources
Danyo Donghyun Yoon ... pre-visualization artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Byung-seo Kim ... camera operator: "c" camera
Kyung-bo Yeo ... steadicam

Other crew

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Daniel Carlisle ... puppeteer
Robin De Lano ... dubbing voice
Michael Hurt ... subtitle translator
Wonjo Jeong ... production coordinator: New Zealand
Philip Millar ... puppeteer
Richard Mueck ... puppeteer
James Paul ... puppeteer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 It is Lurking Behind You See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • The Host 3D (World-wide, English title)
  • The Host (United States)
  • The Host (World-wide, English title)
  • Monster (World-wide, English title)
  • The Host (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget KRW12,215,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend South Korea KRW10,002,411,650, 30 Jul 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $89,431,890

Did You Know?

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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 twenty percent 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 300/The Namesake/I Think I Love My Wife/Beyond the Gates/The Host (2007). See more »
Crazy Credits Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »
Quotes Park Gang-Du: Let's have a cold one. Here.
[He hands Hyun-seo a can of beer]
Park Hyun-seo: This is alcohol.
Park Gang-Du: Well, you're in middle school now.
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