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07
Dec
2019
 

From the celebrated director of Parasite, Memories of Murder and Snowpiercer comes one of the best ‘creature features’ ever made. The Host revolves around Park Hee-bong, a man in his late 60s who runs a small snack bar on the banks of the Han River and lives with his two sons, daughter, and one granddaughter. The Parks are relatively poor but lead an ordinary and peaceful life. His elder son Gang-du (Kang-ho Song) is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo (Doona Bae) is an archery medalist and member of the national team. One day, an unidentified creature suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter is carried off. But when they find out she is still alive, they resolve to save her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local article about a deformed fish with an S-shaped spine caught in the Han River!

Sat
07
Dec
2019
 

When a mysterious sickness causes a spate of horrifically brutal murders in a remote village, the media blames poisonous mushrooms. But detective Jong-Goo (Do Wan Kwak), whose young daughter appears afflicted, has cause to suspect an elderly stranger (Jun Kunimura) recently arrived from Japan. Despite plunging us deep into the action from the start, Na keeps us tonally off-balance for the next hour, and takes his time setting up the narrative before peeling away these ostensibly formulaic layers to reveal a far more complex blend of police procedural, visceral horror, pitch black comedy and socio-theological allegory. Builds to a climax that is both genuinely shocking and grimly inevitable. Third and most ambitious directorial effort from the director of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea.