Gang-du runs a snack bar by the river with his father and they both look after Gang-du's 13 year old daughter, Hyun-seo. The creature finally shows itself and begins to run up and down the river bank, eating up all the onlookers. Gang-du runs and grabs his daughter's arm, only to realise minutes later that it was not his daughter, but another schoolgirl. He turns to see the monster scoop her up and take her in to the sewer. The family are taken in to custody then hospital after fears their contact with the creature may have infected them with a virus. Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter that night who has survived the attack and is stuck down the drain.
Despite the obvious political themes and referring at times to the American military presence in Korea, the humour brings a bright reality you wouldn't expect from this type of film. The not so sociable family, all with their foibles, work together to defeat the creature and in the vain hope of saving Hyun-seo.
The scariest part was the authority's tunnel vision and their method of killing the problem regardless of the amount of fatalities. When Agent Yellow is released, a yellow box suspended by a crane omitting a dirty yellow gas, to destroy the possible virus, (like Agent Orange used in Vietnam) you feel like you are caught in the middle of a biological attack. Never before have I been so amazed by a monster movie, it was made with such elegance and charm. Yes, I'm sure there are others around with far superior SFX but that's not what I'm interested in. I don't need a monster to look realistic. I mean, what does a real monster look like anyway?