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A creature plunges from the han river bridge into the river emerging on its shores for a feeding frenzy upon onlookers. When a young girl is snatched in the melee, her family set off to recover her from the monster that the government claims to be a host of an unidentified virus


Studio Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
SKU 204505305
UPC 876964000994
UPC 14 00876964000994
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Kang-Ho,Song
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Cast & Crew
Byung-woo Lee - Original Music By
Chul-hyun Baek, et. al. - Writer
Du-na Bae - Actor
Hae-il Park - Actor
Hie-bong Byeon - Actor
Hyung-ku Kim - Cinematographer
Jin-ki Chung - Executive Producer
Joon-ho Bong - Director
Kang-ho Song - Actor
Seon Min Kim - Editor
Seong-hie Ryu - Production Designer
Yong-bae Choi - Producer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Host is a strange little movie: part creature feature, part social commentary, and part slapstick comedy. The problem with the film is that the sum isn't greater than the parts and the pieces don't fuse in a way that's consistently pleasing or cinematically satisfying. While the monster movie aspects of the film represent great fun, The Host's political subplot is overlong, uninteresting, and obvious. The comedy, which surfaces in seemingly random, broad bursts, is more often bizarre than funny (people taking pratfalls are the most common), and the ending is a downer...The American reception is expected to be muted. Subtitles will curtail the size of potential audiences and the movie's uneven tone and pace will further erode box office intake. The Host is passable entertainment for monster movie lovers, but offers little of value to anyone else.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review Bong Joon-ho's The Host is the best kind of genre film, a movie that delivers the conventions audiences expect from a horror flick while also offering surprising new variations on the formula...The result is an odd but effective cross between Jaws and The Family Stone, though to imply that Bong is doing nothing more than combining elements from other films would be inaccurate--he assimilates his influences but doesn't imitate them. And the sincerity of his characterizations gives The Host a specific sensibility that distinguishes it from its predecessors; it's as cheerfully silly as a Corman exploitation movie, but its emotional pull gives it an appeal for audiences who would normally steer clear of movies about rampaging sea beasts. Bong's love of filmmaking is as obvious and infectious as his love of humanity, and his stylish and entertaining movie is irresistible.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Kang-Ho,Song
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker I have seen The Host twice and have every intention of watching it again.
Felix Vasquez, Jr., Film Threat ...a masterpiece of monster cinema that's intelligent, innovative, and reaches down to the basic core of family unity...
Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News On a par with Jaws...
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...dark humor, creeping suspense, and a sort of apocalyptic tenderness makes this the best horror flick in years.
Logan Hill, New York Magazine One of the greatest monster movies ever made.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...a terrific monster movie...also a laugh-out-loud comedy and a surprisingly angry political satire.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.

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