BCM320 Week 1 – The Host

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Today we watched the host. a 2006 movie directed by Boon Joon-ho (who also directed the 2013 film, Snowpeircer). Man, this was a weird movie. I am an Australian born and bred bloke. All my family are Aussies and not really ones who express an interest in eastern cultures. I’ve had first-hand experience with some eastern cultures during my trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia. I have only started to dip my toes into the water of eastern culture in the past few years with my love of Japanese Wrestling being the forerunner in my search and understanding of these cultures. I have done little research into South Korean culture but much more into Japanese culture. Now I don’t know whether this is just how South Korean cinema is or that this film is truly a masterpiece in its own right, but here are the things that I observed…

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  1. Hey Jesse,

    I like your born bred Aussie approach to this film. I completely know what you mean about the structure of the film, and how it is so differing to how we may articulate a Thriller. Joon-ho created this film that had this balance of drama and thriller and then when there were issues, this was certainly broken with some awkward comedic techniques. Just like you, I’m not so familiar with the South Korean film scene but as I spoke about in my own blog, I enjoyed how with our own cultural differences we could find common ground and similarities in the film that regulated with us. This is what makes a film great, the ability to relate even if it’s just in the slightest way.

    I do enjoy a good mix of comedy with my thrillers……if there wasn’t I don’t know if I could have gotten through the whole movie lol. Good work on your first blog, keep it up 🙂


  2. Your own personal context – being a ‘Born and bred’ Aussie contrasted with your travel to several Asian countries and your love of Japanese wrestling was a really nice insight into your background and the influences involved in shaping your experience of the film. I agree that Boon Joon-Ho certainly did mix up a few things, dealing with multiple genres and themes throughout and following a slightly confusing narrative structure. It was certainly different to what I view and I guess many of us in the class view on a regular basis however I thought it was super quirky and a captivating watch.


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