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When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature.
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I've watched this film in both the English dub and the original Korean version with the English subtitles. And while I agree that it makes all the difference hearing the actor's voice as opposed to mismatched English replacements, the subtitles are almost unreadable. Unless they appear against a dark background, they cannot be seen to be read.
The story moves quickly, it deals with a family's unshakable faith that their youngest member, taken by the creature, is still alive. They set out against overwhelming odds to rescue her. This oddball family is both humorous and heartrending in their devotion. In addition to this, there's also some political observations included (based on real events involving a Korean mortician who dumped large quantities of formaldehyde down a drain). In this film, Americans are not portrayed with any great affection. Director Bong Joon-ho stated, "It's a stretch to simplify The Host as an anti-American film, but there is certainly a metaphor and political commentary about the U.S." Regardless of whatever grudge the filmmakers have against America, this is still a good film worth watching (and having in one's collection).
Supposedly, there is a prequel in the works and an American remake.
This "something" makes itself known one sunny day when it rampages through the crowd picnicing on the river frontage. This is an awesome monster! It doesn't stand still long enough for me to get a good count of it's limbs, but there's story references to a squid having nine legs before we see the monster. And it has a long prehensile tail with the diamond shape tip of a squid tail. So I think I'm safe in saying that the creature is a monsterized squid.
The plot references to the long sucker-"legs" of a squid come from the Park family, operating a snack bar on the river. This is a quirky family, with great characterizations. Grandfather Hie-bong is in charge. One son, Nam-il, in his suit and tie, is a college graduate in need of a job. The daughter, Nam-ju, is participating in the Olympics when the monster makes itself known. And the eldest son, Kang-Du, has a good heart, but he can't seem to do anything right. That is, except for having a daughter, Hyun-seo. She comes home from her day in junior high just in time for the monster to wrap its tail around her and cart her off into the river.
Her aunt, Nam-ju, returns home with a bronze medal in archery, but all celebration is forgotten in the grief over the death of beloved Hyun-seo. Then, wait for it, Kang-Du gets a call from his daughter! Her battery is dying, but she has time to plead with her father to find her in the sewers. The monster has placed her, one alive amongst several bodies, in its larder.
"The Host" is old-fashioned in that, like an old Godzilla movie, it is the fault of man that there is a monster at all. And there is no blood and gore - but this is still a really cool monster and it does enjoy eating people. The government response is typically incompetent. Everyone is quarantined - an American soldier who came in contact with the monster exhibits a virus. The Korean police won't believe that Kang-Du received a call (and refuse to check his phone records). The Americans over-react by spraying everyone with a toxic chemical Agent Yellow.
What's a family to do? Put aside internal bickering, escape from the quarantine and go find their little girl, of course! And in the meantime, little Hyun-seo is showing her own mettle, doing what she can to outsmart the monster and protect an orphan boy added to the larder after her.
There's a lot of humor, much of it stemming from Kang-Du's goofiness. The action sequences are exciting and the monster, have I mentioned this yet, is really GREAT!
"The Host" was South Korea's top-grossing film of all time when it came out in 2006. It deserves its accolades. A scary, intelligently written and beautifully filmed movie. And I usually don't appreciate horror/monster movies. I recommend watching it in Korean with English subtitles. We tried watching it with the option for English dubbing, but we found the dubbing to be so annoying, we switched to subtitles.
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Still worth watching, the first half rules a lot.
Now I don't know how it ends!!!
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