Saturday, 15 February
Bong Hits: The Host
Bong Joon-ho's sensational Oscar winning Parasite has become a global phenomenon, introducing international audiences to the South Korean director's masterful mix of genre thrills and sharp social commentary. In this program, we look back at Bong's earlier domestic and international successes, tracing the evolution of his singular vision. Tonight we look at his politically potent creature feature The Host (2006).
A terrifying monster emerges from Seoul's Han River, kills hundreds of people and snatches young Park Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung), carrying her deep into the sewers. With the city under quarantine, bumbling dad Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) must unite the Park clan and rescue his daughter before it's too late. Inspired by an actual incident of water pollution by the US military, Bong's phenomenal monster tale is a modern update of Godzilla, another eco-horror classic inspired by American atrocities in the region. Blending elements of the conspiracy thriller, slapstick comedy, and family melodrama, The Host shows Bong's uncanny ability to infuse popular genres with blunt political commentary. However, like his current Parasite, the film's true power comes from its finely-tuned focus on a misfit family's struggles to survive. Watch the trailer.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, 2006, South Korea, 119 minutes. In Korean w/ English subtitles.
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