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THE HOST (Korean)


Starring: Song Kang-Ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-Il, Bae Doo-Na
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Rating: PG (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Year Made: 2006


- Trailer
- Characters' Stories
- TV Spots
- The Making of
- Interviews/Guests' Special
- Highlights




Languages: Korean/Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 59 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Food-stall owner, Gang-du walks out to the crowded Han Riverbank when he suddenly sees a never-before-seen "something", hanging from the Han River Bridge and moving. The fascinated crowd around him start taking shots with their phones and digital cameras..until the "thing" climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to slash into the crowd. Gang-du has just enough time to witness the Creature snatching his daughter away and disappearing back into the river.

Chaos reigns over Seoul. The Han River area is under quarantine. Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter Hyun-seo, frightened but very much alive. Against all odds, with the help of his remaining family members, he plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River and rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying creature.


As advertised, The Host is a film worth waiting for. Helmed by a confident director, great kinetic cinematography; excellent choreography and roundly assisted by a Hollywood A-team of illusionists, it is indeed a production that Koreans should be proud of.

The first 30 minutes of The Host is really the buck: the introduction of main characters and the dramatic appearance of the monster is top-notch film-making. However, the story struggles slightly in the aftermath, weighted down with its brave mixture of horror/ slapstick comedy/ political satire. But director Boon Joon-Ha did not disappoint though. His touch was sure but delicate and there was never a moment where the film’s political insinuations and emotional crescendos felt pedagogical or heavy-handed.

The Host lurks in the rolling waters of the Han River, a metaphor for the evil banality that belies us humans – and it provides the backdrop for the real freak show: the Park family. Put through ridiculous situations and a whole lot of grief, the audacious Parks capered and careened their way right into our hearts. Sit back and enjoy.


Extras include two movie trailers, two TV spots, a making-of documentary (including cameos by various Korean celebrities and Tsui Hark) as well as the really superfluous “character stories” and “highlights”. Stick to the making-of if you are running short on time.


The Host offers smooth visual transfer and a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 in Korean or 2.0 in Mandarin.



Review by Lim Mun Pong



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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