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The Host

5.9
29,455
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Original title
Gwoemul (The Host)
Year
Running time
119 min.
Country
South Korea South Korea
Director
Screenwriter
Bong Joon-ho, Ha Jun-weon, Baek Cheol-hyeon (Story: Bong Joon-Ho)
Music
Byung-woo Lee
Cinematography
Hyung-ku Kim
Cast
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Producer
Co-production South Korea-Japan; Chungeorahm Film / Showbox Entertainment / SBS
Genre
Fantasy. Horror. Sci-Fi. Thriller | Monsters
Synopsis / Plot
Hee-bong (Byun Hee-bong) is the owner of a small food stand in the Han River Citizen's Park, selling squid, candy and beer to people who have come out to enjoy the sun. Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is one of his three children, a man who seems a bit slow mentally and whose one motivating strength is a devotion to his schoolage daughter Hyun-seo (Ko Ah-sung). Rounding out the family is Nam-joo (Bae Doona), an amateur competitive archer and her brother Nam-il (Park Hae-il), a former student radical who at present is drunk and unemployed. There are no mothers in the family -- Hee-bong's wife having passed on and Gang-du's having run away. It's a dysfunctional group, held together only by the crisis that faces them, and yet the family dynamics will feel familiar to many viewers.

It is when the creature snatches the young Hyun-seo that the family becomes aligned against this unknown biological threat.
Awards
2006: Sitges Fantasy Film Festival: Best Special Effects
Critics' reviews
  • It became the #1 Top grossing film at the domestic South Korean box office.
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