A Werewolf Boy (2012)
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remembers a boy she knew half a century before. Moving to a peaceful village when she was a girl she discovered a "wolf boy", hiding his large, contorted body in the darkness. The girl, now a woman, has never been able to purge the images of his wild eyes and animal-like behavior from her mind. She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, how to wear clothes, how to speak, how to write and other human behaviors so that he could one day live like a normal man. She opened her heart to the innocent boy and he fell in love with the girl, the only person to ever show him affection. However when threatened, he let loose his bestial instincts and became the subject of the villagers' fears. In order to save the life of the boy who risked his to be by her side, she left him with a promise: "Wait for me. I'll come back for you". (c) CJEntertainment … More
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Critic Reviews for A Werewolf Boy
Even though it may draw comparisons to Twilight, A Werewolf Boy has a more genuine demeanor with well-developed characters and an overpowering sense of benevolence.
More sensitive than sensational, 'A Werewolf Boy' is an interesting hybrid of the 'Twilight' saga, 'Frankenstein,' and 'Beauty and the Beast.' But there are touches here that make it purely Korean.
Drenched in fairy tale romance and beautifully acted with one of the screen's most charismatic teen couples, I'll take A Werewolf Boy's sweet, quiet charms over the overwrought, turgid Twilight films and their CGI puppies any day.
We'll take this warmly directed, deeply affecting supernatural romance over the entire synthetic Twilight series any day.
Audience Reviews for A Werewolf Boy
The hugely popular "Twilight" series has ruined the image of vampires and werewolves for some of us. Since "Twilight" debut it has started a trend of copy cats (for some reason) and one look at this film trailer had it unfairly typecast as "Korean Twilight" with werewolves. The two could have not been anymore different from each other. One film appeals to some of it fans fantasies where "A Werewolf Boy" is genuine well made romance.
A Werewolf Boy is about elderly woman Soon-Yi visiting the country cottage she lived in as a child and recalling memories when she befriends and attempts to civilize a feral boy she discovers on the grounds. The film is nearly entirely a romance film with tint of fantasy elements towards the end. Despite it's premise the werewolf doesn't appear that much and when he does appear his presence is short live. The film instead focuses on developing the characters and steadily building the romance to avoid the "love at first sight" pitfall. It perfectly balances between lighthearted humor and dark drama. Seeing the how the couple relationship develops is one of it biggest draws in the first hour of the film. It does offer subplots which takes the main plot in some unexpected direction, but the main focus is mostly building the romance which is a key essential in any romance film. The film does slow down past the hour mark when it lingers around for about thirty minutes. The ending I will heavily praise as it's bold to end any romance film on a depressing note. This ending gives a harsher look on romance which is often avoided in these kind of films.
Park Bo-young is very charming as Soon-Yi. It's very difficult not to like her. She's smart, funny, is someone you want get behind, and is excellent in acting handling the dark dramatic with strong emotional conviction. Park Bo-young has good chemistry with everyone on screen and can't ever recall a moment where her acting was ever bad. Joong-ki Song is equally as good. He has very, very little lines relying heavily on his facial expressions and body movements to evoke his feelings. He's able to do just that and the scenes he shares with Park Bo-young are some of his best. The rest of the actors are good, though Park Bo-young and Joong-ki have the most time on screen which given the plot works.
A Werewolf Boy is a Korean romance film that is both well written and well acted. Both leading actors have a good chemistry and makes sitting even in the slow moments worth it. Regardless if you're into werewolves should not be not be a factor if you want a well made romance film.
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