I saw The Host with the director at the TIFF. The movie wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. It was a Hollywood film in Korean, written like a Hollywood film. It's a comedy first and foremost, so I'll give it a little credit since most Korean comedies don't do much for me. I found that I (along with the rest of the audience) laughed out loud more then once, which to me shows it did what it intended to do. While the movie itself held my interest for the most part, the monster was pretty pathetic, especially seeing as who designed/created it. Not a bad movie, but nothing memorable either. Wasn't as good as Ki-Duk's TIME (Which I'm still convinced is the best Korean film of 2006 although many people find him movies a bit too much). Of course, South Korean film in general has been pretty disappointing in 2006. I actually wonder if this isn't the worth year of South Korean film since the new millennium ;( I've seen maybe 15 of the 2006 (released in theatres in 2006) Korean Films and I'd like to own maybe 1 or 2 on DVD. The rest I didn't care for.
Anyhow, I'd wait to rent The Host or at least before you drop big $$ on an LE. If the 1 Disc is $20 or so it's not a bad watch at all. I'm sure a lot of people are picking it up because of the over-hype and the fact that it was marketed as a Horror, which the director himself was quick to debunk at the screening I attended. He actually made it a point to say that the company backing the film forced the marketing idea, where he wanted it marketed as a family comedy.