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Synopsis:

“The Host” (Gwoemul in Korean) is a 2006 South Korean monster movie directed by . The film follows the Park family, who run a small snack bar by the Han River in Seoul. When a mysterious creature emerges from the river and begins attacking people, the Parks' youngest member, Hyun-seo (Ko Ah-sung), is taken by the creature. The rest of the family then embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue her from the creature's lair.

Review:

“The Host” is a thrilling and inventive monster movie that blends horror, comedy, and social commentary in a way that only Korean cinema can. The film's success is due in large part to 's expert direction, which manages to balance the film's many tones and genres without ever losing focus or momentum.

One of the film's strengths is its ability to weave social commentary into the fabric of the story. The creature in the film is the result of toxic chemicals being dumped into the Han River by the American military, a not-so-subtle critique of the real-life environmental damage caused by US military presence in South Korea. The film also touches on themes of government corruption and the abuse of power, making it more than just a simple monster movie.

The Park family is also a highlight of the film, with each member bringing a unique perspective and personality to the story. The relationship between the father, Gang-du (), and his daughter Hyun-seo is particularly touching, and the film's emotional weight comes from their desperate attempts to rescue her.

Of course, the creature itself is also a standout element of the film. The design is both terrifying and original, and the creature's movements are expertly choreographed. The film is full of thrilling action set pieces, including an unforgettable chase through the streets of Seoul.

Overall, “The Host” is a must-see for fans of horror, comedy, and Korean cinema in general. It's a film that manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, and it solidified 's place as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.

Hangul 괴물
Hanja 怪物
Revised Romanization Gwoemul
McCune–Reischauer Koemul
Directed by
Produced by Choi Yong-bae
Written by
Ha Won-jun
Baek Chul-hyun
Starring ,
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,
Music by Lee Byung-woo
Cinematography Kim Hyung-koo
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Production
company
Chungeorahm Film
Sego Entertainment
Distributed by Showbox Entertainment
Release date July 27, 2006
Running time 119 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
English
Budget ₩11.8 billion
(US$11 million)
Box office US$89.4 million

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