The Host (2006) was the film that was screened today as part of ICAF’s Korean Film Festival. It’s about a school girl being kidnapped by a monster that is living in the Han River and how her family goes about rescuing her. An interesting and enjoyable film that was mostly satirical. The film had set Korean Box Office records and was a winner of Best Film in Asian Film Awards.
Though this is a monster-based film, and with a lot of blood gets spilt, it doesn’t try to be scary. Director Bong Joon-ho is focused on mocking the hypocritic society, bureaucratic law enforcement of South Korea and “inept” American influence over South Korea’s internal affairs.
Instead of killing the monster, the police are concerned with capturing the escaped family; the health departments are spending their energy on deducting a virus that never existed in the first place; the friends of family members are interested in getting caught by authorities for their reward money.