The Host (Korean)

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Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-Na, KO A-sung
RunTime: 114 mins
Genre: Horror/Action /Comedy

Rating: PG
Will Appeal To: Just about anybody

I am back! And The Host was the first movie I caught after my break.

Just as you think "Ewwww...", it's a silly movie about monsters, The Host is definitely more to it. It's part horror, part action, part comedy, part political and part family drama. I won't quite know how to categorize this movie and would think it would appeal to just about anybody due to its entertainment and satirical level.

The story is simple: A gigantic tadpole-look-alike swims out to the crowded Han Riverbank, slashing everybody in sight. The creature also snatched away the adorable daughter of a nitwit hawker Gang-du. As chaos and a general fear for a virus infection like SARS arises, Gang-du gathers his family to rescue his daughter.

Most monster flicks will sink into a mish-mash of special effects and mindless stomping. The Host is more than just that. It is funny, mocking and highly touching as well. Personality, I liked the scenes involving the grandpa and the final moments.

Although it was a tad long in the middle, it evolved some form of anger in me towards the issues discussed. It lets you think about what is the real 'monster'. But if you do not want to think that much, it's still an enjoyable piece.

The Host – The Koreans can do more than just soapy dramas

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