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The Host

Friday, April 18, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, April 19, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

In February 2000, an American military base in Seoul, South Korea, releases toxic chemicals into the drain to the Han River. Six years later, the oldest son of the Park family, Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) works at a small food stand on the banks of the river. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo (Ko a-sung), who is angry with him for missing a parent-teacher meeting at school. As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank with a delivery, he notices a crowd has gathered to take pictures and talk about something hanging from the bottom of the bridge. Bedlam ensues when a horrifying creature climbs onto the river bank and begins to crush and eat people. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives, but the creature snatches the young girl and disappears into the river.

The government announces that the creature seems to be the host of an unidentified virus. Gang-du believes the worst until he receives a phone call from his daughter, who is frightened but very much alive. Gang-du makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue Hyun-seo from the clutches of the horrifying Host.

"A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho’s The Host is also one helluva monster movie," wrote critic Roger Ebert. "At the movie's center is the Park family, a clan no less eccentric than the Hoovers of Little Miss Sunshine ... Like its magnificent beast, The Host is wild, crazy, messy, preposterous — and all the better for it."

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


South Korea 2006
119 minutes
In Korean subtitled in English
Rated R for creature violence and language
Directed by Bong Joon-ho


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