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Magnolia Pictures presents The Host Written and Directed by BONG Joon-ho 119 min.; 35mm; 1.85:1; Dolby SRD Distributor Contact: Press Contact Nat’l/NY: Press Contact Nat’l/LA: Jeff Reichert Steven Beeman Karen Oberman Brad Westcott Shannon Treusch Wendy Martino Magnolia Pictures Falco Inc. mPRm Public Relations 49 West 27 th , 7 th Floor 850 7th Ave., Suite 1050 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2500 New York, NY 10001New York, NY 10019 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (212) 924-6701 phone (212) 445-7100 Phone (323) 933-3399 phone (212) 924-6742 fax (323) 939-7211 fax [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 49 west 27th street 7th floor new york, ny 10001 tel 212 924 6701 fax 212 924 6742
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SYNOPSIS The talk of the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival and the latest film from critically acclaimed visionary director BONG Joon-ho, THE HOST has already garnered a substantial amount of international buzz. Utilizing state-of-the-art special effects, courtesy of a creative partnership between Weta Workshop ( King Kong , The Lord of the Rings ) and The Orphanage ( Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Sin City ), THE HOST is both a creature-feature thrill ride and a poignant human drama. Gang-du (SONG Kang-ho) works at a food-stand on the banks of the Han River. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo ( KO A-sung), who is angry with him for missing a teacher-parent meeting at school. As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank with a delivery, he notices that a large crowd of people have gathered, taking pictures and talking about something hanging from the Han River Bridge. The otherwise idyllic landscape turns suddenly to bedlam, when a terrifying creature climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to crush and eat people. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives, but suddenly the being grabs Hyun-seo and disappears back into the river. The government announces that the monstrous thing apparently is the Host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Gang-du soon makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying Host… 2
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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT The Han River The River has flown with us and around us. A fearsome Creature makes a sudden appearance from the depths of this river, so familiar and comfortable for us Seoulites. The riverbanks are instantly plunged into a bloody chaos. The film begins at the precise moment, in which a space familiar and intimate to us, is suddenly transformed into the stage of an unthinkable disaster and tragedy. The Family Park Gang-du and his family have led ordinary, repetitive lives, never really extending beyond the confines of their small food stand on the banks of the Han River.
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