괴물 – Gwoemul [The Host] (2006)
A grotesque and crude mix of comedy and tragedy where a dysfunctional family of losers on various levels of life has to come to terms with each other and themselves. An impressively original monster is unusually visible throughout, mostly in vivid detail and full daylight. Cultural details tend to confound, koreans are mostly shown as sloppy, vulgar, incompetent and/or corrupt while americans come across as self-righteous bullies, sometimes tinged with edgy creepiness. Inferiority complex, satire or both?
High-tempoed and constantly intriguing even if I have severe problems with the mannered acting of many of the characters. And in the end, the basic storyline of evil science running amok gets somewhat too standardized for my book.