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MAGNOLIA PICTURES ACQUIRES BONG JOON-HOâ€™S THE HOST
New York, New York, May 25, 2006 â€“ Magnolia Pictures announced today the acquisition of all English language territories for Directorâ€™s Fortnight entry Bong Joon-hoâ€™s (Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs Never Bite). Called â€œthe best film Iâ€™ve seen to date at this yearâ€™s festivalâ€ by Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, Magnolia has slated the film for a late 2006 release.
A hybrid of genre elements drawn from science fiction, horror, family drama and more, The Host finds present-day Seoul terrorized by an unidentified monster living in the river Han. When a young girl is taken by the creature, her family (including Bae Doo-na of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Byun Hee-bong of Memories of Murder) undertakes a dangerous rescue mission.
"I think The Host has the potential to become a classic of the genre. The creature is one of the most impressive and imaginative movie monsters I’ve seen in a very long time." said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles.