Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

Gang-du Park only wanted to get a snack for his guests. But suddenly he almost becomes a snack himself when a giant monster rises up out of the Han River and starts hunting humans. While Gang-du is able to escape this attack, his daughter Hyun-seo is not so lucky. But is she really dead? And where did this ugly amphibious thing come from, anyway? The answers are not so easy to find. The authorities completely seal off the area around the river, and to them, prying questions are as much of a pain as the monster itself. For good reason: in the humorous struggle against this all-powerful and exceptionally hungry creature, the worst villains are walking around on two legs.

tags: Action, Horror, Feature film, Vampire/Zombie/Creature/Aliens

Cast: Kang-ho Song, Hae-il Park, Doo-na Bae, Hie-bong Byeon, Ahsung Goh


Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho, Joon-won Ha, Chul-hyun Baek

Director of Photography: Hyung-goo Kim

Film Editor: Seon-min Kim

Composer: Byeong-woo Lee

Production Designer: Seong-hie Ryu

Costume Design: Sang-gyoung Cho

Producer: Yung-bae Choi

Production Company: Chungeorahm

Distributor: MFA+ FilmDistribution e.K.

Director: Bong Joon Ho


Born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969, Bong Joon Ho studied psychology at Yonsei University in Seoul before completing a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first feature film, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, about a university lecturer who kidnaps undesirable dogs, was critically acclaimed and shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2001. His breakthrough came with his second film, MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003), about a real series of murders. The satirical monster movie THE HOST (2006) and the science-fiction film SNOWPIERCER (2013) with its international cast drew more than nine million moviegoers each in South Korea, placing them both among the 20 most successful films of all time in that country. Bong's latest film, PARASITE (2019), which is showing this year in the CineMasters section at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, was awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.