We recently went to see The Host (Gwoemul) by Korean director Bong Joon-ho. If you haven't heard about it, it's a monster movie from South Korea that has gotten fairly wide distribution in the US. I was delighted and a bit surprised to see a movie in Korean at our local multiplex. Although the actors in the trailer are speaking English, the movie is mostly in Korean with subtitles.
When I first heard about it, I thought it would be like those awful Godzilla movies that Frank and Alex love to torture me with on Saturday nights. Is it just me, or do other people have children who like to sing "mo-su-ra, mo-su-ra" in an attempt to summon a giant moth to save Tokyo?
Anyway, the premise of The Host is based on a real-life incident in which a US Army official forced an underling to dump toxic chemicals into a drain leading to the Han River. In the movie version, the chemicals lead to a mutant creature that grows to epic proportions, and surfaces one sunny day to terrorize people hanging out in the park beside the river. This leads to a campaign of government "misinformation" to try to downplay the monster's existence and threat.