Host

Host

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Director: Bong Joon-ho

Cast: Bong Joon-ho, Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il

     
 

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When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means whoSee more details below

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When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means who runs a snack bar on the banks of the River Han. Along with his slow-witted eldest son, Gang-du; Gang-du's young daughter, Hyun-seo; archery champion daughter Nam-joo; and unemployed, shirker son, Nam-il, Hee-Bong has managed to maintain a close relationship with his family despite the hardships that come with being a single father. When a rampaging fiend erupts from the Han and throws the city of Seoul into a state of emergency, Gang-du is heartbroken to see his precious little girl scooped up by the scaly creature and spirited away to an unknown destination. This is one family that always sticks together, though, and as the rest of the city denizens scramble to take cover, Hee-bong, Gang-du, Nam-joo, and Nam-il set out to prove that they're not letting their little girl go without a fight.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
To craft an effective horror comedy is a difficult enough task in its own right; add some heartfelt family drama, poetic political commentary, and a giant formaldehyde monster into the mix, and you've got a serious challenge on your hands. While all signs indicate that a big-budget genre-bender such as Bong Joon-ho's The Host should well buckle under the weight of its own ambition, the filmmaker who explored Korea's first-ever serial-killer case in the stunning Memories of Murder creates a stunning creature feature that is every bit as thrilling, moving, and darkly humorous as that earlier effort. A film that shares strong parallels with the original Japanese Godzilla, The Host opens with a recreation of an actual military transgression that took place on an American military base in Seoul in February 2000. Ordered by a high-ranking American military official to directly violate accepted procedures for chemical disposal by dumping gallons upon gallons of expired formaldehyde into a drain leading to the Han River, a low-ranking Korean soldier reluctantly carries out his duties under visible duress. While it may not have the visceral impact of the hydrogen bomb blast responsible for spawning Godzilla, the reckless polluting of the planet as presented illustrates precisely how humankind has failed to learn from its past mistakes while simultaneously highlighting increased international concern over military arrogance. Of course, it goes without saying that the illicit chemical dump has some particularly troubling consequences in the film, and this is where Bong's talents as a filmmaker truly begin to shine. When we first meet the Park family, they come off as a textbook study in modern dysfunction; immediately after precocious schoolgirl Hyun-seo (Ko Ah-sung) complains that her uncle has shown up in her classroom reeking of alcohol, her developmentally stunted father responds by plopping her down in front of the television and slapping a cold beer in her hand for dinner. Not only is Hyun-seo's bumbling man-child of a father an entirely ill-suited candidate for parenthood and her uncle a hopeless lush, but her aunt is a self-flagellating overachiever who seems hell-bent on sabotaging a potentially successful sporting career. The only member of the family who seems to have his head screwed on straight is Hyun-seo's put-upon grandfather, but he's too busy running the family food stand to serve as an effective (grand)father figure to the young girl. When a giant rampaging beast comes blasting up from the Han and snatches up little Hyun-seo, Bong goes over the top to portray the family's desperate struggle to avert military quarantine for a purported monster-borne virus and rescue the young girl with a grace generally not afforded to the typical monster flick. The thoughtfully written characters are exceptionally well-realized by a talented cast, the pacing is unique and distinctive, and the highly innovative twists are both thrilling and shattering. Much credit for the film's distinctive tone goes to composer Lee Byung-woo, whose classy and memorable score helps the film transcend its slimy mutant-river-monster origins and elevate it to a new and emotionally resonant level. The final showdown between family and beast is staged with a genuine elegance. Despite the fact that some of The Host's humor and cultural commentary may be lost on foreign viewers, the film still stands as an impressive blend of drama, action, and humor that never ceased to be entertaining, and is likely to stick with the viewer much longer than your run-of-the-mill monster flick.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
UPC:
0876964001007
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
27,174

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Commentary with director Bong Joon-Ho; Making of The Host with director Bong Joon-Ho; Storyboards; Memories of the sewer; Physical special effects; Designing the creature; Bringing the creature to life; Puppet Animatronix; Animating the creature; Cast & crew interviews; Actor training; Gag reel; Korean theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Song Kang-ho Gang-du
Byun Hee-bong Actor
Park Hae-il Actor
Bae Du-na Actor
Ko A-Sung Hyun-seo
Ko Asung Hyun-seo
Lee Dong-ho Actor
Lee Jae-eung Actor
Yun Je-mun Actor
Kim Roi-Ha Actor
Park Noh-shik Actor
Yim Pil-Sung Actor
Scott Wilson Actor

Technical Credits
Bong Joon-ho Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Baek Cheol-hyeon Screenwriter
Kim Hyeong-gu Cinematographer
Kim Hyung-koo Cinematographer
John Cox Special Effects
Ha Joon-Won Screenwriter
Ha Jun-weon Screenwriter
Jo Neung-yeon Executive Producer
Orphanage Animator
Jo Sang-gyeong Costumes/Costume Designer
Ryu Seong-heui Production Designer
Lee Seung-cheol Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Sun-min Editor
Jeong Tae-weon Executive Producer
Choi Tae-yeong Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Byung Woo Score Composer
Kim Woo-taek Executive Producer
Choi Yong-bae Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Host
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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