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6,205 Ratings

The Host

Gwoemul | 괴물

Directed by Bong Joon-ho
South Korea, 2006
Horror, Sci-Fi, Action


When a young girl is snatched away from her father by an unidentified giant creature that emerges from the Han River to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the horrifying monster and bring their little girl back home to safety.

Our take

Bursting forth from South Korea, this instant cult classic from Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) took the world by surprise in 2006. Here was a monster movie that was not just scary, but funny, smart, warm, laced with satire, and a little bit nuts. A spunky hit for the new millennium.

The Host Directed by Bong Joon-ho
A film both scarier and more original than any recent product from Hollywood.
November 01, 2011
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Bong has nurtured a genre premise into smart, fresh, and gripping work that continually surprises with an effortless range of interests.
March 09, 2007
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It functions as a popcorn movie par excellence, loaded with the most familiar conventions, but shot through with such conviction and visual panache that even its clichés seem invigorating.
March 09, 2007
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