The Host

(South Korea/Japan, 2006, 119 minutes)

A mutant beast rises from Seoul’s Han river to terrify the capital, and a dysfunctional family decides to confront it to retrieve the teenage daughter it has taken. Offbeat but refreshing monster movie whose unexpected moodswings between family melodrama and burlesque merely underline its intelligence in subverting the genre’s traditions.

A Chungeorahm Film release. Chungeorahm Film and Showbox/Mediaplex present a Chungeorahm Film production, in association with Happinet Corporation, OCN, Knowledge & Creation Ventures Company, IBK Capital Corporation, Cineclick Asia, Cowell BiNEXT Capital, IMM Investment Corporation, SBS, M Venture Investment, Tube Pictures Company, Sego Entertainment Company, CJ Venture Investment and Boston Investment Company. Starring Song Kang-Ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-Il, Bae Doo-Na, Ko A-Sung. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho; produced by Choi Yong-Bae; written by Bong Joon-Ho, Hah Joon-Won and Baek Chui-Hyun; music by Byeongwoo Lee; director of photography (colour), Kim Hyung-Koo; art director, Ryu Seung-Hee; costume designer, Cho Sang-Kyung; film editor, Kim Sun-Min; visual effects supervisor, Kevin Rafferty; creature design, Jang Hee-Chul.


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