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The Host (2006)

Gwoemul (original title)
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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Hie-bong Byeon ...
Park Hie-bong (as Byun Hee-bong)
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Park Nam-il
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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 ...
Se-joo
Je-mun Yun ...
Homeless Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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 ...
US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du
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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Man has made his newest predator See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | 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:

The Host  »

Box Office

Budget:

KRW 12,215,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$314,488 (USA) (9 March 2007)

Gross:

$2,201,412 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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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 your daughter is still alive. Is she really alive?
[the young Koran doctor translates for him, and listens to Gang-du's desperate pleading]
Young Korean Doctor: [in English] 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 report this to the police or the military?
[the young Korean doctor continues to translate]
Park Gang-Du: [in Korean] Because...
US Doctor trying to operate Gang-Du: [still in English] ... or a human rights organization?
Park Gang-Du: [sobbing, in Korean] Because nobody fucking ...
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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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Best "Monster FX" in years!
8 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the 2006 Melbourne International Film Festival. So invigorating to see a fantasy type film in a great setting on a big beautiful screen. Full house (aprox 400-500 people)Classic old theatre style of The Regent Theatre in the heart of Melbourne city.

What a great surprise to see a quality entertaining monster flick. You might begin to think as I tend to that the rest of your cinema going days will be spent avoiding such appalling Hollywood "Crap-busters" such as Godzilla or (enter current relevant movie here ;-) This film proves that adults can still be taken back...taken back to staring at the silver screen in wonder. It further proves, that a fantasy/adventure monster film can be a serious and funny film at the same time. Formula defying, original, intelligent... comical and sad. Comedy with pathos (just like real life refusing to fit neatly into categories)...very clever film making. Even with the alleged fear of subtitles, I would think there was a massive audience for this film amongst English speaking audiences...if only they would be given the chance to see it. Where's the mainstream distribution in Australia for a film like this? Best special effects and monster effects I've seen in years!


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