HOST, THE (2006)
Bong Joon Ho followed his critically acclaimed MEMORIES OF MURDER with this Seoul-set giant monster spectacle starring Song Kang Ho, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. After an enormous amphibious mutant — rendered as alternately chaotic, lethal and clumsy — emerges from the Han River and begins attacking the city, a young girl is carried away by the beast. In response, her family members do everything in their power to rescue her from its clutches. A high-concept disaster film and then some, THE HOST took inspiration from a real incident from 2000, in which a Korean mortician was ordered by the U.S. military to illegally dump formaldehyde, and gives ample space to shrewdly satirize national and foreign bodies in crisis — from inept and uncaring governments to self-righteous protesters. (Note courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.) DIR/SCR Bong Joon Ho; SCR Ha Won-jun; PROD Choi Yong-bae, Joh Neung-yeon. South Korea, 2006, color, 120 min. In English and Korean with English subtitles. RATED R
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