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The Host (2006) - Joon-ho Bong

I don't remember where I heard about the Host but I know it had a good reputation. I was intrigued to say the least. I'm not a huge fan of Giant Monster movies or Kaiju films. However, this one is really clever and it feels like it's a bit self aware and satirical. It has a surprisingly deep storyline. Nothing seems out of place.

Park Hee Bong is an elderly yet spry munchies vendor on the Han River. He is a single father and taking care of his sons and daughter. All a real cast of characters. Gang-du is his eldest son and a bit of a let down. One day a giant monster emerges from the Han River! Mutated from chemicals dumped by the US Government. The monster tears through Seoul and steals Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo. As Seoul is thrown into upheaval and chaos ensues. Gang-du has to allude a government mandated quarantine to find the giant monster and free his daughter.
Bong Joon-Ho does a wonderful job mixing ingeniously strange, slightly over-the-top performances with the…