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The Host (2006)

Gwoemul (original title)
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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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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Brian Lee
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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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Monsters are real. See more »

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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

WILHELM SCREAM: In the beast's first appearance, when its tail slaps a guy into the river. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Park Gang-Du: [watching the news and seeing himself and his family as wanted fugitives] Hey, we should tape this and show it to Hyun-seo. Daddy on TV.
Park Nam-il: Jesus...
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Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »

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All time number one block buster in Korea
3 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

In just over a month (38 days), this movie set a new record in Korean box office with viewers over 12.4 millions. Personally, I enjoyed the movie because it was a very different kind of scary movie. It was funny, friendly, realistic, emotional, AND very scary.

For international viewers outside of Korea, the movie provides a very vivid scenery of the Han River which runs through the heart of Seoul City. The riverbank, bridges, streets, stores, and people are so real and unedited which provides an added contrast to the appearance of the CG created monster which is so much out of this world.

After 38 days, the movie is still being shown in theaters within Korea where more than a quarter of the entire population has seen the movie already. Over 200 screens have opened up in Japan this week and news reports say that some 20 countries including US and UK have decided to raise the curtain soon.


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