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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PickyMcpickleton
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Feb 11, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
This is a touching tale that I was not expecting until I read the summary. I thought it would have elements of fantasy from the title and thought it was another movie biting off this whole vampire and Werewolf trend but it was a pleasant surprise.

First of all, the story isn't exceptionally original. It's been done numerous times but nonetheless, it doesn't stop it from being poignant and unsettling to some read more degree.

Song Joong Gi plays a boy who as the summary states appears to have been raised by wolves. He is discovered when Lee Bo Young's character moves to the countryside due to her sickness and he happens to have been inhabiting the shed of the place that they just moved in to. Lee Bo Young's family eventually pick him up because they cannot find anyone to adopt him and so the story is triggered.

This story isn't really about a werewolf. It's about monsters. Song Joong Gi's unrefined character through living with Lee Bo Young's family starts a transformation to become human or to attain human qualities. He develops an affection towards Lee Bo Young's character amidst his transformation and they develop quite a bond. However, due to numerous predicaments, he reverts into a "monster" and is dubbed as dangerous. However, a "monster" in appearance is not a monster at heart and in watching the movie you start to distinguish who exactly the real monster is.

The tale is somewhat light hearted but with very heavy moments that made me sweat a little from my eyes. However, I lamented a little that we never truly delve into any important details regarding Song Joong Gi's character. It's mentioned but not shown. It's not ridiculously relevant but I would have liked to know. Also, the villain is somewhat stereotypical and other than being a rich arse hole, there's not much we know about him. However, I guess his character is relevant in the success of this plot. However, the philosophical undertones didn't stop me from wondering what his story was. Take that as my need to always over think things.

Overall, a very poignant story with minor flaws.
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_hanjae
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Apr 20, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I didn't know anything about the movie before watching it since I didn't read the synopsis.

I actually decided to watch it because SJK was in it. He's a good actor and has a pretty face :p I'm glad I did.

It's a touching story delivred by really good actors. SJK didn't talk much but he could express a lot of emotions and PBY did an amazing job interacting with him.

The read more pace is slow but not boring at all. It also has beautiful colors and sceneries.
The music is quiet and The OST is mainly instrumental. It gives a special mood to the movie.

The only thing I didn't like about this movie is the ending. I was kind of angry/disappointed during the last 10 minutes of the movie. The ending was kind of rough and bittersweet. I think Suni and Cheul Soo deserved an alternative ending.
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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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    MichBerenguer 25 days ago

    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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    Natalia Mar 24, 2015

    oh,i just have finished watching it and it made quite an impression on me. Firstly,i didn't expect this kind of a story. In one moment i was super happy because of them and the way how their relationship grew but the ending was so heartbreaking.Firstly,I thought maybe she was just dreaming, but when everything was finished i was in shock, literally and i coudn't stop myself from crying.
    I wish that just the end was different.

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    nesrine Mar 16, 2015

    ooohh the ending just killed me...anyway really nice movie i cried a lot but i enjoyed it at the same time

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    Annie Mar 10, 2015

    SJK's acting in the blew me away...

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    shbeckles Feb 1, 2015

    I feel sad in the best sort of way after this movie... kind of like crying and smiling at the same time. Very bittersweet and beautiful. Also, I would like my own Joongki puppy, kthx.

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    KMR Jan 31, 2015
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    riilicious Jan 17, 2015

    i know i'm very late, but i just watched this movie yesterday.. well, what could i say, i didn't put a high expectation for this movie before, i just think this will be a typical cheesy korean movie.
    the story is very touching and emotional, the main casts put a great act together, i really regret i didn't watch it sooner. very recommended!

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    Lilyan Jan 14, 2015

    i loved this movie it got me so emotional and crying that left me with a headache! I highly recommended to anyone that whats to cry the eyes out. its a beautiful story that I DON'T REGRET WATCHING!

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    Ryu Dec 31, 2014

    i understand eng,jpnese,hindi,bangla.i usually watch movie or drama in those language.this is my first movie in korean lang.i didnt regret that i watched in korean.what i regret is why i didnt watch it before..this movie's story nd acting is awesome.i cried like i was watching titanic :P

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    Sapaieo Dec 30, 2014

    I cannot fathom why I waited to watch this movie. It's so beautiful and funny. I imploded from the feels.... Absolutely daebak. The best.

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 31, 2012
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 5 min.

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