Starring: Song Gang-Ho, Byeon Hee-Bong, Park Hae-Il
Director: Bong Jun-Ho
Studio: KD Media
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About This DVD
The biggest Korean film of the year comes to DVD! Released in July 2006, Bong Jun Ho's monster film The Host ripped through the box office like a force of nature. Breaking every record on the book, The Host became the first Korean film to sell 13 million tickets, surpassing the all-time record held by King and The Clown. It topped the box office for five consecutive weeks, writing a new page in Korean cinema history.
Although monster films have a strong tradition in Japan and the U.S., they're typically relegated to bargain bins in Korea. When Bong Jun Ho, the critically acclaimed director of smash hit Memories of Murder, announced he was making a monster movie, the film industry was unsure of how to react. But this was the film Bong was always meant to make. Bong rounded together an illustrious cast led by Song Kang Ho (JSA), Byun Hee Bong (Crying Fist), Bae Du Na (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), and Park Hae Il (Rules of Dating). Meanwhile, a monstrous budget and state-of-the-art CG technology gave birth to the proverbial beast. The result: The Host not only conquered the box office, it garnered almost universal acclaim, winning over critics and moviegoers alike from Cannes to Korea. More than just a creature feature, The Host delves into a raw, suspenseful world of unspeakable horrors, politics, conflicts, and emotions in one family's relentless fight against the monster that rose from the Han River.
Gang Du's (Song Kang Ho) family is the epitome of dysfunctional. His son Nam Il (Park Hae Il) went from promising college graduate to cursing, molotov-throwing problem child; his daughter Nam Joo (Bae Du Na) could have become an archery star, but is now just the one who calms everyone down when things get heated. Gang Du spends his days running a snack stall near the Han River, and his only hope, indeed the family's hope, is on the shoulders of his youngest daughter, Hyun Seo (Ko Ah Sung). Unbeknownst to everyone, however, a horrible monster has been growing in the polluted waters of Han River, and it snatches Hyun Seo from their life. Unable to get any help from the authorities, the family is determined to get Hyun Seo back on their own, no matter what it takes.
|DD EX 6.1, DD 2.0, DTS ES 6.1
|Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio Commentary with Director and Actors
Audio Commentary with Director
Audio Commentary with Staff
Wake Up Monster!: Creative process, the monster's birth, script featurette
At Hee Bong's: Character Introduction
Cartoon Monster: An animation video of the most important scenes made using continuity storyboards and audio from the film
Hunter Training: Bae Du Na's Archery training, Byun Hee Bong and Song Kang Ho's Shoot training
Physical Special Effects: Test Scenes, Interview with the assistant director, Agent Yellow experiments, molotov, action tests and more
Treasure Hunting: Auditions for Go Ah Sung and Lee Dong Ho
Quick Supple: Go Ah Sung and Her Classmates
Monster Creator: Director Sketch, WETA Production Process Making Of
Production Process: Previsuals, Behind the Scenes, Meetings with Kevin Rafferty, Production Diary, The Orphanage visit
The Monster Dresses Up: 5 Animatics sequences with different audio choices (only music, only special effects, completed film, etc.)
Monster DEGARI (head): Interview wiht John Cox and Animatics making of for the monster's head
Gag: The Orphanage Special Video
Kevin Rafferty's Korean Diary
Why did it do that?: Director Bong picks all the scenes involving the monster and explains its reactions
Monster gallery: Monster Image Sketch, 3D Images
Memories of drain
Bong Tae Il: Director Bong Acts out scenes in advance, Monitoring and more
Fly, Run, Fall, Crying and Laugh: Actor 'Suffering' Series + Hurting the monster
Cloudy Masks: Scenes involving Park No Shik, Im Pil Sung, Kim Roi Ha, Go Su Hee, Lee Jae Yong, Yoon Je Moon, Yoo Yeon Su, Anchor, Doctors, Scott Wilson
Other Actors and Directors at the Shoot
The worst moments of the shoot
Find Willy: Kim Min Seok and other staff members in the film
Quick Supple 2
Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
The Monster's Sound: Oh Dal Su voice recording
Director Bong's 'I Apologize To'
Han River Love Song: OST Recording, Interview with Music Director Lee Byung Woo - Another OST: Listening music with Director Lee - Music Video - Quick Supple 3
Screen Outing: Meeting with Viewers: Production Meeting, Press VIP Screening, Interview with Viewers
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