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  • Actors: Kang-Ho Song, Hie-Bong Byeon, Du-Na Bae, Ah-sung Ko
  • Directors: Joon-Ho Bong
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean special-effects-laden horror with comedic overtones sees dysfunctional family united in opposition to a gruesome foe from parts unknown. The Parks are an average suburban Seoul family; Park Senior, in his 60's, runs a kiosk by the Han River; his eldest son is a bit of a waste of skin whose wife has left him years ago with a young daughter; his younger son is a layabout with no intention of working; his daughter alone makes him proud - an prizewinning archer of note. Granddaughter little Hyun-Seo is the apple of everyone's eye so when she's abducted by a horrible monster that emerges from the depths of the Han one day, the family is righteously upset. The prospective loss of the only thing holding them all together, galvanizes them into a monster-hunting posse extraordinaire and off they go to slay the dreadful beast.

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The Host has managed to become Korea's most successful film to date, winning acclaim both domestically and internationally, and it's easy to see why. At first glance, it looks like any other monster movie--an amphibious creature from the depths stalks and devours an urban population--but there's actually much, much more going on beneath the surface. Not that there needs to be: although it has a fairly hefty 119-minute runtime, The Host is fast moving, with plenty of action and a truly gruesome-looking monster. Visually, it's a gorgeous movie, with stunning special effects and beautiful settings (even the rather nasty sewer scenes look perversely great). However, the real crux of The Host isn't really anything to do with the monster: at heart, this is a family drama, not a horror movie.

The story focuses on one small family and how they react to the weird goings-on all around them. When the youngest member of the family, Hyun-seo, is snatched by the titular monster, the family is devastated until a call from her mobile phone gives them fresh hope. Unfortunately, everyone who came into contact with the being has been quarantined due to a virus scare, so they have to escape the Korean authorities to go on a rescue mission. Then the American army steps in, and all hell breaks loose...

It's a very original idea, with nuanced and well-written characters, plenty of humour, and a darker undercurrent of social and political commentary, topped off with a thrilling monster-killing adventure. Brilliant, in other words. --Sarah Dobbs

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ralf Dupka on 12 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw this film after a review alerted me to its original format. Unlike holywood which relies either on making us wait a long time to see the monster, or revelling in gore rather than story, this Korean flick gives us the monster straight up, and follows with lots of story. It is a most original and engaging take on the horror/monster genre. The movie is about the struggles of one family who lose a daughter to it early in the film. Which is not to say it lacks suspense or action. It has these in globs, and all the more hard hitting as we can believe in these very real character's lives, and through them believe all the more in this fascinating monster. I only hope Holywood does not buy the rights to this, yet another piece of fresh imagination from the east, and and make a travesty of it. The bluray version is great, as unfortunately the normal DVD version is a poor grainy transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thor king of the universe on 15 Aug. 2012
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The Host is a very funny witted film that brings horror, laughs and suspense all in one. The main plot of the film is about a family who fight to get there daughter back from a creature (which was created via toxic waste) who has taken her to the sewers. In this plot you see the family unfold and see the devastating effects of a conspiracy. I don't want to spoil it so that's all I say. The effects are brilliant I must say one of the best I have seen in a film. It looks more realistic then the CGI you get in most films these days. There is enough gore for the horror fans so there is no disappointment there. It is well worth a watch, a must see. Also note that there are subtitles in English. No English spoken in the film.
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Believe the hype, The Host is that good.
For years now Asian cinema has been the very best at everything from action to romance to horror, there is no other market that can make em this enjoyable as Asia.

The Host is Korean and is a throwback to the glorious days of monster movies. A huge reptillan sea fish? has made his home in Korea. And now he's after the locals for food.

There is much to love here- because the most important element is included. Likeable characters. There is tension which is cut off at times for humour. This is classic film making in the purest sense and something that the great Alfred Hitchcock also noted. In order to create the tension, one must also be able to relax, and the Host is full of this.

It's a human story also- The Host has everything you could want from a monster movie. The movie is only 7 years old and is a near miracle that they could bring this altogether in a day and age where filmmaking is at a low ebb.

Sure the film could have been twenty minutes shorter and the monster isn't always realistic, but they have done a great job with it nevertheless.

Watching an Asian monster movie is a real shot in the arm to the senseless torture porn and young dumb things from across the pond.

They say The Cabin in the Woods was groundbreaking stuff. How wrong could so many people be- This is it my friends this is it.
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Format: DVD
People expecting a big loud, brash monster movie will be hugely disappointed. Joon Ho-Bong's film is more than that. There are many reasons why this is my favourite Korean movie and one of my favourite full stop. From a basic set-up we are given a satire of just about everything in Korean life, a moving drama, horror scenarios (not the monster but people, people are the true monster) and some very funny moments. It's pretty much perfect; doing everything I want from a movie. This is helped in no small part by yet another superb performance from the best actor no-one has heard of in Kang Ho Song. The Host is a triumphant example that extols the huge and varied virtues of the Korean new wave. The only negative, come next year I am going to have to describe it as The `Korean' Host as one of Stephanie Meyer's `novels' is getting adapted under the same name. It's the Thing all over again, that has now become The Thing 1982. Oh, and maybe it is too long at two hours, but when you have as much fun as I do with this film, does it really matter how long it is?
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Clara Butt on 12 Dec. 2006
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Far and away the best film of 2006. On the face of it your average big monster creature feature but not so. This film has everything. Action; comedy; drama; fantasy; horror; sci-fi; pathos; heroism; political comment and an examination of that trickest of life's challenges - family relationships. The characters are heroic but deeply flawed and prone to failure, in short really human.

I hate when people give the whole plot away, so I won't, but I will say take note of the opening scene it is a reconstruction of what was actually a quite horrifying true event. What Joon-ho Bong the Director does is extrapolate from that event and using an accessible entertaining film subtly comments on the real horrors that such cavalier attitudes will lead us to and no I don't mean the monster - state interference; state indifference, rumour and obfuscation; deliberate demonising everything we can see already in a world deliberately being taught to be afraid of its own shadow.

And the finale - Hollywood would never have the nerve.

Above all a cracking film - enjoy!
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