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"The Host 2" Features Monsters in Cheonggye

2008/01/02 Source

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By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

For people who visit the Han River, some may have wondered if there is anything living under the deep waters. That fantasy was brought to life in the 2006 hit movie "The Host", and for fans that enjoyed the thriller, news of a sequel will indeed grab attention.

Chungeoram Film, producer of the film, said that in "The Host 2", (working title) more monsters will appear but this time from Cheonggye Stream. The draft for the scenario has been completed by Kang Do-yoon, better known as Kang Full, a renowned Internet cartoonist.

"The sequel will portray the lives of the city street vendors, the Cheonggye stream construction workers and the police before the stream was completed", Choi Yong-bae, the head of Chungeoram Film said.

President-elect Lee Myung-bak successfully brought back to life the Cheonggye Stream in 2005 when he was mayor of Seoul.

"We did worry that the setting was a place that symbolizes the President-elect's accomplishment. But Cheonggyecheon is already a place that represents Seoul and we thought the movie would fully portray the social and historical meaning `The Host' has", Choi said.

The sequel will be set in 2003, when plans to reclaim Cheonggye Stream were just announced.

"The Host" (2006) directed by Bong Joon-ho, featured a monster that was born out of the pollution in the Han River. The film saw an audience of 13 million, becoming the year's blockbuster.

But the sequel is expected to feature several monsters from Cheonggye Stream which was formerly had been covered by an elevated highway after the stream was buried. More computer graphics will also be needed to capture details of the pre-Cheonggye Stream renovation, which is expected to push the budget for the film to around 10 billion won, insiders said.

The director and actors of the movie are yet to be confirmed. The production company said that they will start shooting later this year and hopefully see a release in 2009.

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