The Bong Joon-Ho Collection [4 Discs] [DVD]

As one of the most universally beloved and the most fiscally successful Korean director of the early 21st century (his horror outing {#The Host] set records that still haven't been topped), Bon g Joon-Ho also checks in as wildly, brilliantly eccentric and offbeat. As many critics have observed time and again, his films have a way of both slipping effortlessly in-between genres, and snaking off in the most unpredictable of narrative directions. This collection presents three of Joon-Ho's features. The 2009 Mother presents a quirky murder mystery about a diabolical mother with an unhealthy degree of attachment to her nimble-brained son; The Host (2006) - presented here in a special collector's edition - tells of a giant amphibious creature that turns up in the Han River and begins devouring humans; and Joon-Ho's debut feature, the wicked black comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), tells of a man driven around the bend by his pregnant wife's nagging and the yammering of a local pooch - so driven that he resorts to canine murders to get some peace and quiet.
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Synopsis

The Host
When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means who runs a snack bar on the banks of the River Han. Along with his slow-witted eldest son, Gang-du; Gang-du's young daughter, Hyun-seo; archery champion daughter Nam-joo; and unemployed, shirker son, Nam-il, Hee-bong has managed to maintain a close relationship with his family despite the hardships that come with being a single father. When a rampaging fiend erupts from the Han and throws the city of Seoul into a state of emergency, Gang-du is heartbroken to see his precious little girl scooped up by the scaly creature and spirited away to an unknown destination. This is one family that always sticks together, though, and as the rest of the city denizens scramble to take cover, Hee-bong, Gang-du, Nam-joo, and Nam-il set out to prove that they're not letting their little girl go without a fight. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Barking Dogs Never Bite
A man who has decided dogs are not his best friend takes matters into his own hands in this dark comedy from South Korea. A college professor (Lee Sung-jae), who with his wife is awaiting the birth of their baby, is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in the apartment complex they call home. In a fit of rage, he snaps and kills the dog in a nearby flat -- only to discover another dog is still barking somewhere in the building. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing, and the angry teacher is having to come up with new and creative ways to hide his grisly pastime. Meanwhile, the manager of the apartment building (Bae Doo-na) keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit. Puhran Dah Suh Uigeh was the first feature from director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Mother
A woman devoted to her son struggles to keep him from spending his life in prison in this drama from director Bong Joon-ho. Do-jun (Weon Bin) is a man in his mid-twenties who isn't especially bright and is easily led. Do-jun lives with his elderly mother (Kim Hye-ja), who loves him fiercely even though she has no illusions about his abilities or his bad habits. Do-jun spends much of his spare time with Jin-tae (Jin Gu), a borderline criminal who takes advantage of Do-jun's credulous nature, much to his mother's annoyance. When Do-jun is arrested by police and accused of the murder of a young woman, his mother is certain he couldn't have done it and sets out to prove her son's innocence to police detectives, who seem more interested in closing the case than researching other possible leads. At first, mother feels certain that Jin-tae has framed her son to avoid being punished himself, but as she digs deeper she suspects the truth is more complicated. Madeo (aka Mother) was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Song Kang-ho
    Song Kang-ho - Gang-du
  • Byun Hee-bong
    Byun Hee-bong
  • Park Hae-il
    Park Hae-il
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    Yun Je-mun
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