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Monday, December 7th, 2009
Last night, J and I watched the South Korean film The Host (Gwoemul). I found it interesting in that I had just read a New York Times article that Tony sent me earlier in the day: Choking on Growth about the horrible Chinese pollution problem. The film is a stance against pollution and is overtly anti-American in tone. It is ls loosely based on an incident in 2000 when an American Military doctor poured formaldehyde down a drain which emptied into a neighboring river. What a sucky thing to do!
The fllm was dubbed, which I found amusing. There were some American actors on staff – including Paul Lazar (one of the bug doctors in The Silence of the Lambs). The film was a lot of fun to watch and a lot better than I had expected (cheesy Godzilla rip off). I found myself thinking that the “monster” of the film is basically a metaphor for the destructive forces humans are creating with pollution –global warming, cancer –you name it. In the film, we kill off the monster, but that’s proved to be a more difficult undertaking in real life.