The Host

Below you will find written and video materials to supplement your experience with this film. Be aware that some essays and video essays may contain spoilers.

Critical Essays

Attack of the Giant Amphibian! (RogerEbert.com)

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘The Host’ Is The Defining Monster Movie Of The 21st Century (Indie Wire)

Long before Parasite, Bong Joon-ho was skewering bloodsucking social systems (Vox)

34 Things We Learned From ‘The Host’ Commentary (Film School Rejects)

Monstrosity as Metaphor: Boon Joon-ho’s The Host (Moveable Type)

The Host: The Monster Emerging From the han (Senses of Cinema)

Contextual Reading

The dangers of biosecurity: The Host and the geopolitics of outbreak

Why Anyone Who Cares About Korea Should Watch ‘The Host’

Monster Movies – Environment and Society

Film as cultural diplomacy: South Korea’s nation branding through Parasite

Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang-ho’s Film Collaborations, Ranked

Videos

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