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The Host (Gwoemul) (2006)

The Host
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Kang-ho Song Kang-ho Song
Park Gang-Doo
Hie-bong Byeon Hie-bong Byeon
Park Hie-bong
Hae-il Park Hae-il Park
Park Nam-il
Doona Bae Doona Bae
Park Nam-Joo
Ah-sung Ko Ah-sung Ko
Park Hyun-seo
Dal-su Oh Dal-su Oh
The Monster
Jae-eung Lee Jae-eung Lee
Se-jin
Dong-ho Lee Dong-ho Lee
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10 years, 4 months ago at Oct 20 19:02
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The best monster movie ever? I seriously doubt that making such a claim would be false. Why? I plan to tell you. First of all, Gwoemul propably had the best plot I have ever seen in a movie of this genre. It all starts off seeming like some cliched Godzilla-copy, but the moment we meet our so-called main character, Kan-Du, his occasional dialogue and overall attitude prepare us for something diffe... read more

The Koreans have nailed another genre!

7 years, 2 months ago at Dec 10 10:45
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"Have any of you heard it? The heartbreak of a parent who's lost a child... When a parent's heart breaks, the sound can travel for miles. So I really need to say this to you. Be as nice to Gang-du as you can. Don't scold him, okay?"

Koreans are often renowned for their motion pictures, as Korean filmmakers produce horror films and action-thrillers with more verve and creativity than... read more

A promising start

11 years, 10 months ago at Apr 17 21:40
1 vote
The movie started off really good, with the first 1/3 or so being some of the best monster action I've seen. The effects are great through out the entire movie (fire is hard to do so I won't count the ending). My only big issue with this movie is how it gets really hard to tell how much time has passed. A lot of things point towards the movie being set during a couple of weeks (the military respon... read more
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A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
Release date: 27 July 2006
Tags: Horror (31), Sci-fi (28), Korean (26), Monster (21), Comedy (18), 2006 (18), Drama (16), South Korea (15), Korea (14), Action (11), Asian (11), Government (10), Monsters (10), 2000s (10), Archery (9), Foreign (8), Kaiju (8), Mutant (8), Asian Horror (8), Fantasy (7)
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A laboratory near the border between north and south, an American chemist expert pouring out chemicals due to too many dust in th jar. Without knowing the chemical is running through a wide lake. 10 years later it's summer time near that lake with many tourists, a family by the name of Park is working there. Suddenly a monster appears from the lake and attack the tourists. As the Park family trying to escape, the youngest child, a ten years ear old girl Hyun Seo, ” read more

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