The Host

The Host

Bong Joon-ho (2006)

119min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Chemicals dumped into South Korea's Han River create a giant mutant tadpole that unfurls under Seoul's bridges to chomp on unsuspecting citizens, in Memories of Murder director Bong Joon-ho's entertaining horror. A huge blockbuster in Asia, the film is a combination of Jaws-type shocks, character-driven suspense and heartfelt human drama, as spunky schoolgirl Ko Ah-sung fights for survival against the kidnapping monster while her frayed family desperately searches for her. Joon-ho cleverly upgrades Godzilla-style mayhem with socio-political commentary, as the mystified government comes up with a typically knee-jerk response to the threat. The CGI monster is terrific and, although some of the quirky humour is a little tiresome, The Host is a thrilling and scary creature feature.

Summary

An amphibian monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and carries off a youngster. However, the child's dysfunctional family - hard-working grandfather Hie-bong, dim-witted dad Gang-du, archery champion aunt Nam-joo and layabout uncle Nam-il - band together to rescue her from the beast's slimy clutches. Comedy horror, starring Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park and Du-na Bae. In Korean.

Cast & Crew

Park Gang-du Song Kang-ho
Park Hee-bong Byun Hee-bong
Park Nam-il Park Hae-il
Park Nam-joo Bae Doo-na
Park Hyun-seo Ko Ah-sung
Se-ju Lee Dong-ho
Se-jin Lee Jae-eung
Homeless man Yoon Je-moon
Man in yellow Kim Roi-ha
Creature Oh Dal-su
Doctor Scott Wilson
Director Bong Joon-ho
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Other Information

Language: Korean +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2006
Comedy Drama