The Host (2007)

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror
Running Time:  119 min.
Release Date: March 30, 2007
DVD: July 24, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 4.21
based on 412 votes and 23 reviews
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Cast: Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeo, Hae-il Park, Du-na Bae, Ah-sung Ko


Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) works at a food stand on the banks of the Han River. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo (Ko A-sung), who is angry with him for missing a teacher-parent meeting at school.

As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank with a delivery, he notices that a large crowd of people has gathered, taking pictures and talking about something hanging from the Han River Bridge. The otherwise idyllic landscape turns suddenly to bedlam when a terrifying creature climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to crush and eat people.

Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives but suddenly the thing grabs Hyun-seo and disappears back into the river. The government announces that the thing apparently is the Host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Gang-du makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying Host...

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Yong-bae Choi
Screenplay: Joon-ho Bong, Chul-hyn Baek, Jun-won Ha
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  • 1 star "Wow! I couldn't tell if this was a horror/monster/ comedy/relationship movie because it was so bad at representing any of those themes. Two hours of my life I'll never get back."