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The Host (2006)

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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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(screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong), (screenplay) (as Jun-won Ha) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
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Hee-Bong Byun ...
Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
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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 ...
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)
Paul Lazar ...
Brian Lee
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Storyline

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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Du är vad den äter. [You are what it eats] Swedish DVD release See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for creature violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 12,215,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

KRW 10,002,411,650 (South Korea), 30 July 2006, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$314,488, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$2,201,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,431,890
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Trivia

Joon-ho Bong was impressed with Scott Wilson after having seen him in, among other films, Monster (2003). He approached the actor by sending him a copy of the script and a DVD of his previous film, Memories of Murder (Memories of Murder (2003)). The actor later agreed to be in the film. See more »

Goofs

The sewerage they are searching the monster in, is dry and clean. See more »

Quotes

US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du: [to Gang-du, in English] Now, Mr. Park... I heard that your daughter is still alive.
Young Korean Doctor: [translating in Korean] "I heard that your daughter is still alive".
[Gang-du looks up at the doctor. Finally, someone believes him!]
US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du: [in English] Is she really alive?
Young Korean Doctor: [in Korean] "Is that true?"
Park Gang-Du: [slowly but desperately, in Korean] Yes! My daughter is... now... in the sewer under Wonhyo Bridge...
Young Korean Doctor: [in English, to the US Doctor] He says his daughter is in a sewer near Wonhyo Bridge.
US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du: [in English] Jesus! Why didn't you ...
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »

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Enjoyable action/horror with humour
27 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

South Korean movies are usually enjoyable, offering a humour to counter the plot and disturbing theme(s), and this movie was no exception. I usually hate horror movies, but I enjoyed this action/horror/drama end to end and I left the cinema with a strong feeling of contentness.

The horror was actually quite interesting, as were each of the main actors and the relationships between them were surprising and amusing, with some really witty sub themes thrown in along the way and some good suspense as well.

The movie had great undertones and conversation topics to keep you talking to your friends for hours.

Overall: It was a really enjoyable experience, witty and well constructed.


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