Gang-du works at a food-stand on the banks of the Han River. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo, who is angry with him for missing a teacher-parent meeting at school. As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank, he notices that a large crowd of people have gathered, taking pictures and talking about something hanging from the Han River Bridge. The otherwise idyllic landscape turns suddenly to bedlam, when a terrifying creature climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to crush and eat people. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives, but suddenly the being grabs Hyun-seo and disappears back into the river. The government announces that the monstrous thing apparently is the host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Gang-du soon makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying creature.

Directed by Bong Joon Ho
Produced by Joon H. Choi, Yong-bae Choi, Tae-sung Jeong
Written by Bong Joon Ho, Hah Joon-won, Baek Chul-hyun
Starring Song Kang-ho, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung
Bong Joon Ho Retrospective
Country: South Korea
120 minutes