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.
- 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