A Werewolf Boy

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

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A mother moves with her older daughter and younger daughter to a large home in the country side. The older daughter suffers from a lung ailment and her doctor advised the family to move out into the country side. The home is provided by Ji Tae, the son of a business partner who worked with their deceased father. While the family gets acclimated to their new surroundings, the older daughter makes a read moreremarkable discovery. Within a locked room in the barn lives a wild boy. The family takes him in believing he is just an orphan with little social skills. The boy with little social skills begins to take an interest in the oldest daughter.

  • Native title:

    늑대소년
  • Also Known as:

    Wolf Boy ; Neukdae Sonyeon

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shalalapaula
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Jan 11, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This movie was such a beautiful and moving place. Although the title of the movie kind of gives away what happens in the story, the fact that there was a werewolf was not the basis of the entire story. I absolutely loved how the story was carried with such emotion; even though Song Joongki barely had lines throughout the movie, the raw emotion in his eyes blew me away. I would definitely read more recommend it to friends! : )
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Sindsoron
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Apr 16, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Time for a film ideally suited for girls night. At first glance, we have everything that made Twilight saga so popular, that is a handsome boy with supernatural powers and unfulfilled love. Or is it only at first glance? Is responsible for the film director Jo Sung-Hee, who had nothing outstanding is not shown . The movie was a huge commercial success . Before theaters drew nearly 7 million viewers and earned read more almost 50 billion won ( ~ 144 million) . The role of the " pretty boy with super powers " occurred ( apparently , I'm a guy so I do not know ) handsome Song Joong-Ki (successful roles in A Frozen Flower (2008) and Penny Pinchers (2011)), and his partner is portrayed by a lovely Park Bo-Young (in my opinion the best of the young actresses who so far had the same great roles, including Scandal Makers (2008), ESP Couple (2008), Don't Click (2012), Hot Young Bloods (2014)). In supporting roles, among others, we will see Yoo Yeon-Seok'a (Architecture 101 (2012), Horror Stories (2012)), Jang Yeong-Nam (Possessed (2009), Harmony (2010), Azooma (2013), Friend, The Great Legacy (2013)) and Kim Hyang-Gi (The Grand Heist (2012), Thread of Lies (2014)).

Like most movies made especially for the ladies, A Werewolf Boy do not treats us with complicated or ambitious storyline. Everything is made ??so that you can fully enjoy the sweet romance. The movie starts out in present times, where we see the 60-something years old Soon-Yi (Lee Young-Ran), peacefully living in America with her family. One morning she gets a call about the sale of property in Korea that belonged to her family. The whole situation causes the influx of memories. The action goes 47 years back. Due to the bankruptcy of the company of her father, and tuberculosis, Soon-Yi (Park Bo-Young) and her younger sister Soon-Ja (Kim Hyang-Gi) together with mother (Jang Yeong-Nam) are forced to move into a house in the countryside, which is owned by the rich (jerk) Ji-Tae (Yoo Yeon-Seok). The house previously belonged to (the mad scientist) biologist who carried out various experiments on animals. Someday Soon-Yi lured by strange noises coming from the shed, meets up with one of these experiments. This experiment named by Soon-Yi, Chul-Soo (Song Joong-Ki), turns out to be a handsome young boy with some kind of super powers.

The movie met with mixed opinions of critics, but despite this, thanks to the overwhelming support from young girls, was a huge commercial success. If you did not like the Twilight series, then you probably won't like A Werewolf Boy. There are applied the same ideas that made so many women obsessed over Twilight. Although, all movie is in truth, Twilight with much less flaws, thanks to appropriate choice of mood and well constructed ending, it became somewhat more ambitious, and definitely better movie.

We get a young heroine, whose form has been specifically designed (it is quite bland and without any outstanding features, which is partly be faithful to the image and behavior of women in Korea in the '60), as a kind of "avatar", so that women can experience their fantasy of first love with the perfect boy who is beautiful, mysterious, taciturn (eliminates the problem of quarrels), virtually immortal and loyal (quite literally) like a dog. There are no sexual overtones or dark/heavy situation. The entire movie is perfectly prepared so that young girls could be moved, and enjoy the sight of the handsome Chul-Soo, who behaves like a fairly intelligent, Labrador, and finally able to cry at the touching farewell scene.

The movie is kept in a pleasant and warm (thanks to a well-chosen lighting), a little fairy-tale atmosphere. Jo Sung-Hee superbly led young actors and toned down their acting, so they would perfectly fit the atmosphere of the movie. Excellent characterization and neatly constructed plot, which makes the "sweet" scenes seem very natural and does not seem forced, completes this warm feeling.

The only real drawback is the poor character of the antagonist, Ji-Tae. Jo tried to humanize him a bit, but failed to do so and by the end of the movie we still see Ji-Tae as somewhat hideous and artificial jerk. Nicely depicted are scenes of Chul -Soo transformation into a werewolf. There is small amount of computer graphics, so that the whole thing does not seem artificial. The problem is only the fact that they have been treated with neglect when it comes to their importance in storyline. Although the movie is very carefully produced and has no major flaws, the calm atmosphere of whole movie causes the end to greets us feeling a bit deceived by triviality of events.

If you are not a woman, but still you want to enjoy this movie, you have to prepare yourself before the show. Forget about the thrilling storyline, action scenes, or undertaking the issues that force you to think and try to enjoy the light romance, with elements of melodrama.

It was hard for me to rate this movie, because I rarely get emotional during romances, in particular those produced for the teen. It was a nice experience (mainly thanks to the sweet and charming Park Bo-Young) and the warm, fairy-tale like mood of the movie. I can honestly recommend it to any woman as a movie perfect for a women evening.
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'Dog' turned human romance story. Chul Soo (Song Joong Ki)'s character is like a wolf that suddenly gained a human body [yes he is a werewolf but this is how his character acts] where Shiro (Toyokawa Etsushi) is shown to be a guide dog given a human body to find the girl that raised him as a puppy. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.
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    crystarhythm 20 days ago

    aside acting from lead actors and sometimes beautiful shoot, IMO I don't find this movie that good

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    PanRuyi 26 days ago

    The movie sounds good, I might as well watch it. I REALLY want to watch it but where can I watch it?

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    haniyehsjk 29 days ago

    best movie ever

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    MISAENG Jul 22, 2015

    Could some one tell me his own estimation of the parental guide?

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    alexk345 Jul 22, 2015

    I watched two of her movies now because oh my ghostess. I do not like speed scandal and this one. Too slow too boring

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      PanRuyi 24 days ago

      Me too! I am watching oh my ghost and I am going to watch this one, too! The only problem is that I don't know where can I watch this. Where did you watch it?

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    aisyaalthani Jul 21, 2015

    Happy or sad ENDING!!

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      Manisha Jul 21, 2015
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      aisyaalthani Jul 23, 2015

      Thank you for replying:)) so I think I'm gonna watch it<33

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    Lovely Jul 5, 2015

    If you don't want to spoil yourself don't watch the trailer. it basically shows the whole movie

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      PanRuyi 28 days ago

      I just did...

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      Lovely 26 days ago

      Damn it.
      Well, it's still worthy to watch. You'll probably won't regret it bc there are still some plots missing.

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    Miyuu Jun 16, 2015

    I cried so much at the end... I was like "HOW CAN YOU DO THAT TO MY JOONGKI" lol
    This Movie is Amazing and Song Joong Ki is just more than amazing actor

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    Frenchii Jun 10, 2015

    I avoid tragic dramas/movies at all cost, i watched this without much research so ending was unexpected. This will be the first and last time i will rate a tragic movie so high its a 9/10, if ever there will be a petition for an alternate ending sign me up

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      EmilySlover Jul 21, 2015

      There actually is an alternate ending! It's on YouTube.

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    Tsuyu May 31, 2015

    Great performance for Song Joong Ki; I barely recognized him, but as usual, his acting is brilliant. I admit I was a bit dubious about this one, but glad I gave in and watched. I nominate Jang Young Nam (Suni's mother) for bet supporting role; he was awesome.

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    DayDreamer May 3, 2015

    I'm not entirely sure why I hadn't watched this before. I always saw the adverts for it; also it always appeared on a list of recommendations, yet something stopped me. I'm not sure what it was, I knew the actors, although not by firsthand (movies,dramas etc) and now... I completely regret it! This is just the kind of movie I needed, I was waiting so long for something like this!! I don't cry often at movies,series etc, yet my tears just wouldn't stop!! Beautiful.Breathtaking. Need I go on?

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    Juscha Apr 26, 2015

    my first korean movie, it's truly tragic

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    IndyYulia Apr 17, 2015

    really make me cry ,so sad :') :'(

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    YSSADESU Apr 10, 2015

    this is so sad but i love it.

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    Mangafever Apr 1, 2015

    a beautiful beautiful film...well deserving of the love and attention it receives. The cast was just wonderful, especially SJK, who was just absolutely fantastic. Im glad he will be discharged soon and we will get to see him soon in his new drama.

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 31, 2012
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 5 min.

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