The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

The Host
The Host

The Host 2006


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


The Host 2006 15

120 mins Korea, Republic of Director. Bong Joon-ho

When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety, in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature.

Bong was already one of the South Korean cinema's hottest prospects before The Host, but the film's popular appeal and international breakthrough resulted in it becoming the most successful Korean film ever (at that time). What impressed critics was Bong's ability to retain the eccentric characters, offbeat humour and wild tonal shifts of his earlier work, amid the film's sweeping scope and spectacular special effects.

There's also a potent political commentary throughout the film, with the monster's origins being traced to the chemical malpractices of the American military, a plotline inspired by a real life incident in 2000. This perceived anti-American message even led to rare praise from North Korea; usually only known for its virulent hostility to its neighbour's cinema.

Directed by

Bong Joon-ho


Bae Doo-na

Byun Eun-jeong

Song Kang-ho


Science Fiction Drama Action and Adventure


Classic Cannes Festival Sci-fi Classics Mark Kermode Introduces


15 Contains strong language and moderate horror




Korea, Republic of

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Captured

Captured 1959 15

Previously only shown to a restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured is a stunning Prisoner of War drama.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

View Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954) 1954 PG

The original Godzilla - arguably the definitive monster movie - both a bold metaphor for the atomic age and a thrilling powerhouse of pioneering special effects.

92 mins Japan Director. Ishiro Honda

View Mother

Mother 2009 15

Cult Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Snowpiercer) fourth feature is a startlingly original and thrilling account of the limits of maternal devotion.

129 mins Korea, Republic of Director. Bong Joon-ho


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later