Saturday, March 10, 2007
Must See Movie: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s horror film “The Host”
The best time at the movies belongs to director Bong Joon-ho and his South Korean horror film “The Host,” a clever hybrid of monster scares, foreign-language drama and world politics. On one level, “The Host” is the tale of a lazy dad and his splintered Seoul family who come together to save his young daughter from a beast in the Han River. Horror fans will focus on the fast-paced scares as the monster sprints across the riverbank in search of victims to gobble. Audiences normally uninterested in monster movies will be amazed by the intelligence in Bong’s storytelling, a film that is as much about the reach of the U.S. military, terrorism and political activism as any slimy creature. Between the shrieks, Bong has something serious to say with “The Host.”
"The Host" premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and opened in major cities on March 9. Magnolia Pictures will open it in art house theaters across America throughout March and April.