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The Host

Korean monster movie

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A Quick Tip by RowanK

  • Jun 6, 2010
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THE HOST - Although a bit long, this monster flick is exciting, entertaining, and surprisingly funny and sweet.
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review by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What Pompted You to write a Review?   I felt compelled to review this movie using real words rather than just a numbered rating scale because I was shocked to see the high ratings!  My husband and I rented this last year solely because I was intrigued by the image on the movie cover (the one shown here).  Needless to say, the average American movie viewer will NOT enjoy this movie, and I'm still repairing my movie-choosing reputation!     How was the Plot, …
review by . June 19, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
Dvd U.S. version
The top-grossing film in Korea for 2006 was inspired by Hollywood and Japanese monster films. It is a tricky thing; there is just too much temptation for disaster, and too many things to go wrong. Critics have compared "THE HOST" to "Jaws" which I think has little to no merit; this film is a different animal. South Korea's shot at making a monster film was successful all over Asia that a sequel is in the works. Director Bong Jang-Ho (Memories of Murder) blends spectacle, familial …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
My favorite monster flick - a toxic spill in Seoul's Han river creates an enormous creature who terrorizes the city and a father who fights back to save his daughter - scary, funny and completely relevant.
review by . October 31, 2008
The Host
I'm sure there are many fans of the Asian film art that will disagree with me, but this film made little sense. It skipped from here to there with little connection between scenes. It was hard to follow and dubbed poorly. The only positive note to it was that the monster was done with some very decent FX, looking like a carp with legs or some kind of mudskipper gone wrong.     The film starts with the dumping of some very old formaldehyde down the drain and into the river. …
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Alternate Name "Gwoemul"
Starring Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park, Du-na Bae
Directed by Joon-ho Bong

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Theatrical poster Hangul 괴물 Hanja 怪物 RR Goemul MR Koemul Directed by Bong Joon-ho Produced by Choi Yong-Bae Written by Baek Chul-hyun
Bong Joon-ho Starring Song Kang-ho
Byeon Hee-bong
Park Hae-il
Bae Doona
Ko Ah-seong Music by Lee Byung-woo Cinematography Kim Hyung-ku Editing by Kim Sun-min Distributed by Showbox Release date(s) South Korea:
July 27, 2006
United Kingdom:
November 10, 2006
United States:
March 9, 2007 Running time 119 min. Country South Korea Language Korean
English Budget $11,000,000 Gross revenue $89,106,383 (worldwide)

The Host (괴물, Gwoemul - "Monster") is a 2006 South Korean monster film, which also contains elements of comedy and drama films. The film was directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay, along with Baek Chul-hyun.

Starring in the film as members of an unremarkable family thrust into the middle of extraordinary events were Song Kang-ho, Byeon Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Ko Ah-seong. A rare combination of blockbuster plot and political commentary, the film also deals with the implications of America's military presence in Korea.

Following the success of the director's previous work, Memories of Murder, The Host was heavily anticipated and hyped. It was released on a record number of screens in its home country ...

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Genre: Drama, Action, Comedy, Horror, Adventure
Release Date: March 9, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 59min
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