|Starring||Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon|
18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
You are what it eats.
THE HOST is blockbuster-plotting and political commentary wrapped up in a good, old-fashioned gigantic monster movie. An American military pathologist commands a reluctant Korean assistant to dump hundreds of gallons of formaldehyde into the Han River...AND NOTHING HAPPENS. That is until a few years pass and sightings of a strange amphibious creature in the waterways begin to be reported. All hell eventually breaks loose, and the monster is on the attack.
But this movie isn’t just a movie about monsters—it’s about family. Park Hee-Bong is a 60-year-old snack bar owner who operates his business along the Han River with his incompetent, grumbly sons and archery medalist daughter. Awe-struck and afraid, the family soon leaps into Avengers mode when the monster kidnaps Park Hee-Bong’s granddaughter.
Filled with heart, humor, and chills, THE HOST is like a Korean Jurassic Park. Ranked on Quentin Tarantino’s list of top 20 movies since 1992 (when he first started directing), this movie is as Manohla Dargis of the New York Times calls it “a loopy, feverishly imaginative genre hybrid about the demons that haunt us from without and within.”
If you missed South Korea’s highest grossing movie of all-time when it was micro-released in the States in 2007, I can’t recommend seeing it enough...on the biggest screen you can find...preferably with a loved one. (Greg MacLennan)
*screening will be in Korean with English subtitles