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Bong Joon-ho

The Host (괴물)

Director Bong Joon-ho Composer Lee Byeong-woo Cast Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung
120' - 2006 - Action, Drama, Horror - Dialogue: Korean, English
The director of Parasite delivers a monster film full of social criticism, subversive humour, ecological awareness and cinematic brio.
Of course there's a plot in The Host: a not-so-savvy father joins several other family members in search for the monster that has emerged from the sea and dragged his little daughter to its unknown hiding place. The strength of the film, however, lies in the sheer cinematic imagination with which Bong Joon-ho spins variations on the obligatory tropes of the monster movie. Masterfully, the filmmaker pushes the terror to the limit and manages to dose the black, socially critical humour in such a way that the funniness does not undermine the seriousness of the situations. Like virtually all monster movies since the 1950s, the evil is man-made: years of pollution in the Han River gave birth to the monster. Unlike in the Hollywood monster movie, the heroes are not that great, and the Korean and American authorities pose almost a greater threat than the creature itself.
"On almost every level, there's never quite been a monster movie like The Host. Egregiously subverting its own genre while still delivering shocks at a pure genre level, and marbled with straight-faced character humor that constantly throws the viewer of balance." - Variety


In 2021 the first edition of SONMAT took place. This year we are back again with a tasteful programme. Immerse yourself on Sunday 16 October in culture, philosophy and science in the café of Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER in Gent.

Did you know a dish tastes different depending on who prepared it? Tender hands can bring out comfort from a dish like magic, but the handflora from the chef also literally influence the flavour of a dish. Our language has no word for it, but in Korean there is: 'sonmat', meaning hand-taste. So through food we connect and give a bit from ourselves to others. That is exactly what SONMAT wants to do: explore, taste, smell and share different hand-flavours.

Sonmat Talk & Tasting

Start Talk & Tasting 15:00, start film The Host 16:45 @ Theaterzaal in Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER

The Korean Moon Sung Hee is known as 'natural food researcher' who cooks, studies, teaches and writes about natural vegan food. With a deep faith in people, nature and how food can harmonize, Moon Sung Hee was involved with several social projects about food, published different cookbooks and runs a cooking studio with her daughter. During the SONMAT TALK & TASTING we want to give the Korean cultchef a platform to share her philosophy and food. We will begin with a talk, demo workshop and tasting (light meal), afterwards there is space for a personal meet & greet.

Combiticket Sonmat

Buy a combiticket for the Sonmat Taste & Talking and The Host.

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Bong Joon-ho


Lee Byeong-woo


Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung


Bong Joon-ho, Ha Won-jun, Baek Chul-hyun

Director of Photography

Kim Hung-goo


Kim Sun-min


Choi Yong-bae

Production studios

Chungeorahm Film

More info


Korean, English

Countries of production

South Korea




Bong Joon-ho
White Collar (short, 1994), Memories in My Frame (short, 1994), Incoherence (short, 1994), Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), No Blood No Tears (2002), Twentidentity (2003), Memories of Murder (2003), Influenza (short, 2004), The Host (2006), Tokyo! (2008), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), Okja (2017), Parasite (2019)