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The Host

(Rated M)

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“Is it the virus that’s making me sleepy?”

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Overview

Bong Joon-ho set South Korean box office records alight in 2006 with this genre-defying monster movie. Part creature feature, part social critique, The Host sees a mutant fish-like beast emerge out of Seoul’s Han River after toxic waste is illegally dumped by the U.S. military. Feared to host a deadly virus, the enormous monster attacks the city, and ends up taking a young girl captive. Her family, frustrated by the inaction of local authorities, proceed to stop at nothing to get her back. Inspired by a real-life news story, and Bong’s childhood obsession with the Loch Ness monster, The Host is a modern classic by this master filmmaker.

Why You Should See This Film

Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon-ho have to be one of the greatest actor-director pairings in cinema history, up there with Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg, or De Niro and Scorsese. This is one of Song Kang-ho’s very best performances, and one of Bong Joon-ho’s most fun films. Enjoy the ride.

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  • Year: 2006
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Cast: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona
  • Duration: 119 minutes
  • Language: Korean with English subtitles
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