November 09, 2005


Yes, it's that still for 'THE HOST' againAn intrepid member of Subway Cinema has been lounging around Korea, guzzling live octopus and prying into dark nooks and crannies. One cranny in particular was the set of THE HOST, Bong Joon-Ho's latest movie after his blockbuster, MEMORIES OF MURDER. THE HOST is about a retarded father (Song Kang-Ho) who is trying to save his daughter from a monster that lives in the Han River. Here's our intrepid adventurer's report from the set:

"They were shooting a large scene, where people are protesting against Song Kang-ho's character's imprisonment, and also against the government's intent to kill the monster by releasing a poisonous gas (known as "yellow agent"). The cops are starting to break up the demonstration, and all hell breaks loose when "yellow agent" gets released from some sort of a device that was hanging off of a crane."

Also present on the set that day were stuntmen from Jung Doo-Hung's Seoul Action School, artisans from US visual effects company, The Orphanage, and folks from an Ausatralian animatronics company that created the monster's head.

November 9, 2005 at 08:06 AM in News | Permalink


Must you write that the father is "retarded"? Perhaps I'm too sensitive about it, but that word has many negative connotations in English.

Posted by: Peter | Nov 9, 2005 9:50:10 AM

He's not really retarded, just a simple, naive man who is a bit... off kilter? Cine21's introduction describes him like this:

어딘가 모자라 보이며 무기력하기 짝이 없는
(Looks like he lacks something, and is quite feeble)

Has your Subway agent seen the Monster yet? ^_^

Posted by: x | Nov 9, 2005 3:38:13 PM

Grady, I now must hate you on principle. If you'd been on set yourself, I'd have to come down there and slap you ...

Posted by: Todd | Nov 9, 2005 6:17:56 PM

No, I wasn't there - it was the suddenly globe trotting Goran.

I am sorry if I offended with the use of the word "retarded". I had seen it used in a few translated synopses and I thought they were actually talking about someone who is...well, what is the good word to use? Mentally handicapped, I guess, right?

Anyways, thanks for the correction.

Goran got a look at the monster and said that while it didn't blow him away, it was probably going to wind up looking pretty rad.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Nov 9, 2005 7:23:29 PM

He saw the monster!?! Now Goran must die.

Posted by: Todd | Nov 10, 2005 6:33:41 PM

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