Impression on ‘The Host’

The Critical Millennial

If you’re looking to follow the journey of a below-average dad who must save his daughter from a four-legged fish monster, then boy do I have the film for you.

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‘The Host’ is a South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho. A film, that I would like to express my genuine admiration and simultaneous disgust for. While I was disgusted by the slimy and sinister fish monster, I couldn’t help but feel charmed by the way the film never took itself too seriously in its ridiculous plotline, often injecting humour through the stock characters. I was even more delighted by the way the film clearly communicated political messages.

This was my first experience with live-tweeting and watching a film at the same time. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to churn out more than a few tweets as my phone died within the first half hour. Without further ado, here are my…

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3 comments

  1. Hello Shamila. Your blog post about ‘The Host’ was really interesting to read and has clearly intergrated your opinion of the movie with your upbringing of watching Korean media.
    Like you, I have been brought up watching and listening to various Korean media and while I have stopped watching K-dramas, I still to this day listen to K-pop and watch Korean variety shows.

    I liked the comparison of K-dramas to Korean film based on your experiences which i did not comment on in my blog post. The point of the actors in Korean film being more realistic than the main character (especially the male lead) in K-dramas stuck to me the most and changed my perspective further on Korean movies.

    Another amusing thing is your craving for Korean food throughout the movie. I too was craving Korean food after the moive and actually ate K-bbq with my friends after the movie.

    Overall your blog post on the moive was eye opening to me and changed my perspective on Korean movies. I did wish for you to elaborate on some of the political messages that were in the movie.

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  2. Hello Shamila, Your blog post on ‘The Host’ was very interesting to read and successfully intergrated your opinion of the movie with your knowledge of Korean culture through your upbringing on Korean media. Like you, grew up Korean culture even though not being Korean myself and while I have stopped watching K-dramas for similar reasons, I still continue to this day to listen to K-pop.
    I liked the comparison of K-dramas to Korean movies especially between the main characters of the movie. Your word choice of ‘perfect’ K-drama leads (especially the male lead) compared to the “gritty and average” characters opened my eyes to an clearly obvious trope in K-dramas that I have not noticed.
    Also I find it funny that you mentioned wanting ramen while watching the movie. I too had that thought during that scene and actually went to eat K-bbq after the movie.
    Overall your blog post was eye opening to me when comparing Korean dramas to movies. But I would like for you to elaborate more on the political messages in the movie.

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