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괴물, or The Host


After the debacle that was Taekuggki, this movie provided a wonderful alternative and tipped me to the fact that Korean film has really progresses in the last decade or so. When we first arrived in Korea (me around 1998), Korean film was of the overly melodramatic variety, painful to watch at times.
This movie was different, full of surprises and awfully clever. It is highly recommended to anyone who wants to be exposed to something original. Yes, the Americans are kind of the bad guy and the American Doctor’s dialogue was stunted enough to convince me it was written entirely by a Korean, but it is entertaining. We see the monster in the first ten minutes of the movie and you start to become aware that the movie is less about the monster than other themes, or at least equally so.
And it further reaffirms my notion that Song Kang Ho is the best actor in the business. He really transforms into each and every character, all completely different.
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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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