Korea.net's list of must-see films: 'The Host' 2014/05/17, Source, The Host (2006) Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Gang-du, played by Song Kang-ho, works in a kiosk alongside his dad in the Hangang riverside park. One day, he discovers something large and animal-like dangling from the underside of a bridge, with people crowded about, staring at it. Suddenly, the unidentified monster jumps down onto the park pathway and starts crushing, trampling and eating people. In an instant, it's running around in a frenzy. Gang-du begins to run away with his daughter, Hyun-seo, played by Ko Ah-seong. Along the way, however, he accidently loses hold of her hand. The monster seizes the moment and snatches up Hyun-seo into its maw, taking her away as it dives back into the river,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Brand New Life" 2014/05/10,
Jin-hee (played by Kim Sae-ron) is a sad, angry child. She doesn't look like one for the first several minutes of the movie- Jin-hee's genuinely having a lot of fun on a day out with her dad, whose face is oddly obscured. But there's a rather ominous foreboding in the languid way this man interacts with his daughter. That and the absence of sound, which gives the impression of a dead world. Or at least, one that's soon to be dead.
"A Brand New Life" is a very judgmental film, but surprisingly, it doesn't come off as overbearing or cruel, even though writer / director Ounie Lecomte is herself a Korean adoptee who was adopted at a late age,...More
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