"The Host" (2006) - Original: "Gwoemul" - ist ein koreanischer Monster-Horrorfilm mit schwarzem Humor und viel Potential...
Seoul wird von einem Monster aus dem Han River heimgesucht...
"The Host" feierte seine Premiere in Cannes 2006 und startete am 2. September 2006 in Japan... Der Film startete am 29. März 2007 auch in den deutschen Kinos... Übrigens: Ein US-Remake - unter der Regie von Fredrik Bond - ist in Vorbereitung und das koreanische Sequel "Gwoemul 2" aka "The Host 2" soll 2012 in die Kinos kommen...
"The Host" auf DVD !!!
Am 20. September 2007 erschien "The Host" auf DVD... Jetzt bei Amazon bestellen !!!
Bei Daum.net bzw. B-D gibt es ein erstes Bild aus "The Host 2"...
Der TV-Sender Pro7 zeigt heute um 22.15 Uhr "The Host" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere... Die Wiederholung läuft um 2.15 Uhr...
Universal Pictures and Gore Verbinski will remake the 2006 Bong Joon-ho-directed Korean thriller "The Host," with commercials director Fredrik Bond making his feature helming debut and Mark Poirier ("Smart People") to pen the script.
Story follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.
Verbinski will produce with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison, along with Paul Brooks.
The film, originally titled "Gwoemul," did record-breaking business in its theatrical run in South Korea.
Bond has directed campaigns for Nike, Adidas and Levi's. He and Verbinski had been looking for a project to do together, and Bond said he embraced the opportunity to mix a larger-than-life monster with a heartfelt family drama.
"It processes a few genres together, and visually it feels close to the stuff I've made over the last few years in commercials, the tonality of humor and the scale," Bond said.
Verbinski set up the project through Blind Wink Prods., the company he formed at Universal, where he is developing to direct an adaptation of the vidgame "Bioshock."
Korean production company Chungeorahm and China's Stone Man Films will co-produce a Chinese sequel to Korean hit The Host that will be directed and scripted by China's Ning Hao (Crazy Stone), reports Variety.
The trade says the story will concern a calamity caused when people ignore a monster due to their desire for money.
Production credits are shared by Chungeorahm president Choi Yong-bae and Daniel Yu, who produced Crazy Stone while at Hong Kong's Focus Films.
About half the $12 million production money will come from China and half from Korea and Hong Kong.
Shooting is expected to start early next year for a release at the end of 2009.
Bei K-web gibt es ein englischsprachiges Video-Interview mit Bong Joon-ho, u.a. über "The Host 2"...
Not content to rehash events from the first film (as well they shouldn't be), the producers behind The Host 2 intend on not only stirring up steaming-fresh political controversy...but heightening the mutated threat as well.
According to Sci-Fi Japan, a press release from Chungeorahm Film states the next chapter will be a prequel (confirming last month's suspicions), written by Kang Full, and "multiple monsters" will crop up. Along with the release came a concept sketch by Full depicting a fork lift driver holding one of the creatures at bay [...].
Says the site, "Because of its subject matter, THE HOST 2 is very likely to feature as much serious political and social subtext as the previous film. The restoration of Cheonggyecheon was an administration of Lee Myung-bak, current President-elect of Korea. Lee was the mayor of Seoul between 2002 and 2006, and the restoration of Cheonggyecheon was his election pledge. Before the restoration, Cheonggyecheon was notorious for its foul underground water and as a architectural safety hazard. Although the restoration has now made the creek one of the major tourist attractions of Seoul, it has drastically changed the everyday lives of the people living around Cheonggyecheon." [...]
Spiegel.de bietet neben ein paar "The Host" Clips / Ausschnitten auch eine Kritik...
Heute startet "The Host" in den deutschen Kinos...
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Capone...
[...] Even when the monster is on screen, it's not always in the foreground. Often, large groups of people are running from it, and while the fleeing masses are in the foreground, you catch glimpses of the beast as it closes in on them from behind. The effect is awesome and terrifying. As easy as it would be to draw parallels between THE HOST and Japanese horror flicks like GODZILLA, the comparisons don't quite hold up. First of all, there's no Raymond Burr. But more importantly, the emphasis on the dysfunctional family attempting to mend its differences and become closer makes this film more akin to JAWS or SIGNS or POLTERGEIST. I don't draw these comparisons lightly; I firmly believe that THE HOST stands right there with some of the great monster offerings in recent years [...]
AICN sprach mit dem Regisseur Bong Joon-ho... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Bei SciFi.com gibt es ein Interview mit dem VFX-Supervisor Kevin Rafferty...
[...] "During these preproduction meetings, we had decided up front not to use green screen, blue screen, not to use motion control to give the director and the cinematographer as much freedom in camera movement as possible, and so the big challenge was to make this creature believable, bring her to life [...]"
Bei AICN gibt es eine kurze, prägnante Kritik...
[...] a fun, gory, exciting, family-oriented, dramatic, intelligent ride with a truly excellent Free Willy-Meets-Predator-Monster (you ain't seen nothing if you've just seen the trailers...) that again, in Eastern style, shamelessly tosses cliches and different genres in a www.willitblend.com feature and comes out clean and smiling at the end of a dirty sewer in Seoul. [...]
Bei DH gibt es eine Kritik von Garth Franklin (2.5/4)...
[...] The mood shifts wildly between comedy, horror, serious drama, and action - but Bong always seems in control and by the end leaves one feeling satisfied (though not overstuffed) with the results as it's both exciting and ballsy. Even our protagonists have an endearing everydayness about them which makes them easy to root for. In spite of its assorted lumpy bits, this is a far more successful monster movie than any creature feature Hollywood has churned out in a LONG time.
SciFi.com berichtet über das US-Remake...
Roy Lee, who produced the English-language remakes of Japanese horror films The Ring and The Grudge, has more than a dozen films in development next year that will also be based on Asian hits, Variety reported. Lee has produced seven remakes so far, including Dark Water, The Lake House and The Departed.
Among the films Lee is producing is Host, which holds the all-time record for biggest box office in Korea. Lee told the trade paper that he is currently trying to figure out a way to remove the pic's underlying anti-American stance, while making it more than a generic monster movie. Lee's other upcoming projects include The Invasion - starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig - The Eye, Ikiru, Oldboy and a third installment in the Ring franchise.
Bei CHUD gibt es den "The Host" Red-Band Trailer !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
[...] The Host isn't a monster movie; it's a monster film. The camera work reflects that.
And the writing. The humor is black as the Monster (just wait for the Molotov cocktail "hero" moment). Best of all: the fate of characters is not determined by a test screening. It's determined by the mother-f**ing Monster. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
[...] THE HOST is a skillfully made piece of dramatic entertainment crafted by a director who has only done two previous features: BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE and the excellent MEMORIES OF MURDER.
With THE HOST, Bong Joon-Ho catapult himself to the top rank of Korean directors and possibly Asian directors.
Bong is blessed with a fairly well-written script honed to provide the maximum amount of plot points within leaden, clunky expository dialogue and unnecessary characters or scenes. This is a really tight script.
Bong also directs with confidence. He uses close-ups when appropriate and highly advantageous and avoids a number of red herring/close call scenes that are distracting, simplistic and irritating.
Credit should also extended to a cast of first-rate talents including the excellent Song Kang-Ho as Hang-Du who is a perfect fit as a lazy loser who is jolted into action not to mention Bae Du-Na as Nam-Ju, Park Hae-Il as nam-Il and Byeon Hie-Bong as Kie-Bong.
THE HOST has been praised as a transformative film that re-shapes a genre but what the film actually does is emphasize human and family drama by creating real enough characters that are compelling within what would normally be considered a ridiculous and unrealistic situation.
By melding real human emotion with the elements of horror, monster films and satire, Bong Joon-Ho has created a new classic for the twenty-first century and made one of the year's best films.
I think it was playwright Eugene O'Neill who wrote that the family unit at the core of drama and THE HOST certainly proves that. [...]
JoBlo.com berichtet über das unausweichliche US-Remake...
[...] Universal Pictures has picked up the remake rights to sci-fi/thriller/comedy THE HOST, South Korea's highest grossing movie of all time. The film, which Variety said is headed for "instant cult status," follows a mutant creature living in the Han River, born out of the dumping of Army chemicals in the water. Arrow sez that Gold Circle Films (SLITHER) and Vertigo (THE RING, THE GRUDGE) will produce the remake with Uni. The original Korean film will have an American release courtesy of Magnolia Pictures in late January. [...]
Bei IMP Awards gibt es ein weiteres Poster...
Bei AICN gibt es ein UK-Poster und den englischsprachigen "The Host" UK-Trailer !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Selena...
[...] The film confused me a bit at the beginning. It’s hard to
really understand the tone of the film until the ball really
gets rolling. As it begins, it is mostly dominated by
elements of physical comedy. The character of Kang-so in
particular has a lot of hilarious moments. The way that
government is poked fun at was subtle and even though it is
a very strong theme throughout, it doesn’t overshadow the
pure human emotion that the audience feels for the Park
Also, the beast is shown full-on in the first 20 minutes,
which I thought would kill any possible suspense to come
later. I was wrong. As the movie unfolds, we start to
better understand the characters and identify with them more
and more, which for me, made the beast that much more
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
[...] This Korean box-office smash is a true cinematic rarity - a monster movie that really WORKS. No "MAN IN SUIT!" stuff with THIS movie - the monster is one CGI mofo, created by the combined forces that gave you LORD OF THE RINGS, BABE, and HELLBOY. It’s ferocious, merciless, and has table manners that would make Terry Jones in Monty Python’s THE MEANING OF LIFE look like "Mr. Etiquette." [...]
A "summer" movie, for sure, but a great one. It violates movie conventions with glee - one cardinal rule in particular, and I would say that doing so creates emotional resonance -- an extremely rare quality in a creature feature. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik... SPOILER !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu "The Host"...
[...] the cinematography and direction are outstanding, there is a scene at the beginning of the film involving a suicide of a businessman that is simply beautiful and heartbreaking, again as in memories Of Murder Joon-ho Bong uses the rain in such a poetic manner that it almost becomes a character of the movie.
I don't want to give you any spoilers, as what happens to the family and the people they encounter, is nothing short of shocking and unexpected, with many twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
The CGI is okay, it isn't amazing , the Host itself looks like a giant salamander that walks on it's hind legs, but the film looks beautiful and has a very human heart.
This is a treat from start to finish and I hope everyone gets to see it on the big screen, where it belongs. [...]
Bei TcH gibt es den "The Host" International Trailer, der ein paar neue Monster-Szenen enthält...
Bei Twitch gibt es neue Poster...
Bei TcH gibt es eine Bildergalerie und den "The Host" Trailer/Interview-Clip...
[...] Harry here with some really really cool footage that I found a link to over at KFCcinema.com for Joon-ho Bong's follow up film to his award winning brilliant film, MEMORIES OF MURDER. This one called, THE HOST... and it's a Korean Monster Movie with Digital Effects work by The Orphanage who worked on DAY AFTER TOMORROW, SKY CAPTAIN, HELLBOY and HERO. The word from Cannes is that while it wasn't in competition, it was better than almost all films in competition and is on par with work like, "JAWS" - I shit you not. Well, I am dying to see this film which has been picked up for U.S. distribution by MAGNOLIA PICTURES - and clicked on this link. You'll see some footage from the Korean trailers that have been incorporated into some interview segments with Joon-ho Bong. My fiancee tells me that he's basically just talking about how he didn't know how he was going to visualize the creature for THE HOST, as Korea doesn't have the type of Visual Effects house necessary to create this type of creature, so they just began storyboarding, then found THE ORPHANAGE, whom they did their pre-vis and final visual effects work with. [...]
Die Korea Times berichtet über die Präsentation in Cannes...
[...] On almost every level, there's never quite been a monster movie like `The Host'.''
Hugely satisfying and entertaining, Bong's film centres on the fight of the Park family to rescue its youngest member, Hyeon-seo, who has been kidnapped by a mutant monster emerging from the waters of the Han River in Seoul. However the film detaches itself from being a mere horror movie as burlesque and drama aptly contaminate the formula. ``Egregiously subverting its own genre while still delivering shocks at a pure genre level, and marbled with straight-faced character humour that constantly throws the viewer off-balance,'' epitomizes Elley, ``The Host is a bold game that looks headed to instant cult status.''
``The slapstick comedy elements in my film contribute to giving rhythm, but perhaps they also provide a more realistic side to the whole story,'' commented Bong on the genre-bending of his film, adding ``Slapstick humour in my films is never intended in the first place, as some gags just come out naturally, during the shooting.'' The French left-wing newspaper Liberation stressed this remarkable feature of Bong's style, as Didier Peron wrote, ``Contrary to Hollywood productions, the film allows itself relevant stylistic deviations and does not forcibly search for a happy ending.''
``In `The Host' I have worked mostly with actors with whom I had already worked in previous movies, such as Song Gang-ho, Park Hae-il and Bae Doo-na,'' said Bong on his cast, ``therefore, it was easier to share with them my ideas: when I was writing the script, I already thought of whom would play the roles; on set we had grown a strong relationship, with just one look they knew what I wanted, and vice versa.'' Song's mature performance drew special praise. ``He's the only contemporary Korean actor capable of playing with such conviction a character who seems to be permanently on the verge between ordinariness and slightly retarded.''
The full-blown achievements of The Host triggered praising comparisons, such as Isabelle Regnier's of the leading French newspaper Le Monde: ``Its author displays a brilliant critique of the contemporary epoch with inventiveness and exuberance that remind those of Kubrick's ``Doctor Strangelove.'''
``When I make a movie I never really calculate whether it is commercial or artistic,'' asserted Bong when asked about his ability to bridge mainstream formulas and creativity, ``to me there is no distinction between the two categories, I just try to make movies that I would like to watch as a spectator.''
The response in Cannes proved that Bong's method works, and might be taken as good premonition for The Host's commercial and critical future. Concluding his review on Screen Daily, Allan Hunter even conjectured that ``Someone is bound to consider 'The Host' as remake potential for a wider Western audience.'' In the meantime, the Korean release of Bong's film is scheduled for July, while international sales proceed at a brisk pace.
Empire Online berichtet über die Präsentation in Cannes...
[...] Screening as part of the Director's Fortnight, Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho's The Host is a wonderfully idiosyncratic creature feature, concerning the rampage of a giant, tadpole-thing in Seoul's Han River.
Yet it's about so much more than that - as Bong explained before the screening's start, the star of the show isn't the monster so much as the dysfunctional family (including an aloholic ex-student, a narcoleptic drop-out and a bronze-medallist Olympic archer) who rather chaotically set out to try and vanquish it. Working as a slapstick black comedy, a touching family drama and a horror - while making political jabs at American interventionism along the way - it's certainly the most interesting and entertaining film we've seen here so far.
Earlier today, Empire caught up with Bong, whose last movie - the excellent Memories Of Murder - similarly toyed with the serial killer genre. "I've always been a fan of creature films," he told us, "especially Godzilla. But what inspired me to make it was imagining what it would be like if the Loch Ness monster lived in the Han River."
DVD & Video
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 20. September 2007
The Host [UK IMPORT]
BBFC: Freigegeben ab 15 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 21. Mai 2007
Woo Lee Byeong
Erscheinungstermin: 10. Oktober 2007
23 Titel: u.a. Mighty Han River - The Monster Is Growing; Dawn, Hard Rain and a Bloody Fight; Over Wonhyo Bridge
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