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ESC to close 4.27 (by 1955 users)neukdaesonyeon 늑대소년
  • 2012
  • film
  • Korea

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romanized neukdaesonyeon
native
english A Werewolf Boy
literal Wolf Boy

Genres

genres drama, romance, fantasy

Language

language Korean

Production

country Korea
type real
format film

Release

date 31 Oct, 2012
duration 126 minutes
status released

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avg. score 4.27 of 5 by 1955 users
total users 2800
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Synopsis

In 1960s Korea, a sickly girl called Sun I discovers a feral boy has been living in the barn of her family's new country house. Her mother, believing him to be an orphan of war, welcomes him into their home, and they call him Cheol Su. The boy proves to be extremely loyal to Sun I, who in turn gradually succeeds at teaching him to act more human than animal. Soon after they begin to recognize the depth of their attachment to one another, the actions of a jealous suitor and a few fearful villagers threaten to separate them forever, and Sun I must do what she can to protect Cheol Su when the true extent of his inner beast comes to light.

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Cheol Su
main
Sun I
main
Ji Tae
supporting
Sun I's Mother
supporting
Sun Ja
supporting
Dr. Gang
supporting

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18 Jun, 2014
A good movie definitely, but more so due to the acting than due to the plot. The acting is wonderful - the characters are really fleshed out and the actors did a great job in showing the emotions (Particularly Song Jung Gi, who barely spoke a word throughout the film and still managed to convey Cheol Soo's feelings well)

The problem lies in the plot. The movie suffers numerous plot holes that honestly bothered me quite a lot. Some elements key to the plot and story aren't fully developed in the movie and are just left hanging. For example, the already mentioned point about Cheol Soo's original and actual condition. It definitely needed more development and explanation.

Still, the movie is quite enjoyable due to the actor's pulling through and giving a great performance. Based on the plot holes alone I would give this a 3 or a 2, but given the quality of the acting and the fact that I still enjoyed the movie I ended up giving it a 4. It's sweet and funny during the first half and a bit sad and melancholic at the end. The ending is quite predictable, but again the acting makes up for the move's flaws.

This is not a movie for nit-picky viewers though. If plot holes and details bother you, I would not recommend it. If you can manage to overlook these issues and just focus on enjoying the movie and the acting, then this is a good watch.
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18 Feb, 2013
My opinion about this film is....divided.

I would recommend ‘A Werewolf Boy’ to everyone who wants to watch a typical Korean romantic fantasy movie. The only thing I do not like about this genre is that the viewer knows exactly how the film is going to end. What I actually want to say: Don’t fool yourself and accept that this film is nevertheless a predictable, dramatic romance story.

What surprised me the most was the huge amount of comical scenes you get to see in the first half of the movie. A few were really enjoyable and helped a lot with developing the characters; but there were also other scenes which were over the top in my opinion.

Don't let yourself get fooled by the English title because this project is a lot but NOT your typical werewolf film. I'm still emotionally fighting against the implementation of the werewolf/wolf theme in this film; which is also the topic I think was the worst developed.

Excepting that the special effects were beyond bad (I would have preffered less fur and only accents and details in Cheol Su's transformation), all the things Cheol Su adopted from his wild parents, respectively his wolf genes, are not possible for a human if he’s not genetically, and thus physically modified. However cute Jung Gi looked like when he was growling, howling and baring his teeth, our vocal cords are not able to produce such sounds.

I had the feeling that the film couldn't decide between Cheol Su being a project of human desire or a wild boy who raised himself (was raised by wild animals?). I know that he was both -somehow- but that topic was so unbalanced and therefore confused me a lot!

Even if I have said a lot of negative things, there were also a lot of positive things in this movie. For example the acting, it was great, especially Jung Gi's! -Yeah, come at me haters! But wouldn't you praise someone who had to rely on facial expressions and body language for 120 minutes straight and did well?-

The atmosphere was great too (mostly done by the lighting and background music).

But the things I just mentioned also kinda ruined the ending for me. At first I thought it was all a dream when she was walking along the gear filled with pot plants, and then finally opened a door while golden lights were shining brightly. I seriously waited for the angels to start singing! And the character of Sun I really was out of my favor when she left him there, AGAIN! How could she be so cruel?

All in all this movie could have been a lot better if it had taken another path storytelling (although I don't quite know which path....), so I was slightly disappointed with the outcome.
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Comments

arsinoi 05 Dec, 2013
@berrytm
Are you me? I also watched it on a plane!
And I couldn't hold back my tears. Especially at the last scene where she finds him unchanged in the old house... I cried so much I swear that I would be so embarrassed if it weren't for my cousin sitting next to me. And it was just as the plane was landing... OTL I should never watch these types of things when flying... Comedies only from now on.
niniel 10 Oct, 2013
It was amazing to watch. It was filled with so much deep emotions... everything was so touching. He's acting realy was AMAZING, the way he expresses his emotions, how carefull he became... I loved it!
dilasse 07 Oct, 2013
Jung Gi.... he is so great there!!! he have only few replicas... but HOW gret his acting!!!!! gez, i'm just going crazy!
koriya 29 Sep, 2013
amazing! just very good movie & very touching ;-;
nyora 15 Sep, 2013
Uuuuh, I still feel like crying... It was such a great movie. I'm this kind of person that hardly cry but this... Song Jung Gi, you are really great actor, honestly. Like @ayamahigari said, you can feel all that emotions that Cheol Su supposed to feel, he acted this amazing. Such a masterpiece.
Uuugh, that "Kajima" part TT__TT
lucyheartfilia 12 Sep, 2013
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berrytm 12 Sep, 2013
IT WAS AMAZING :D

Ok first of all, I watched this on a plane (a 'public place')
seriously it was so hard holding back my tears I JUST COULDNT. I ended up tearing up so much but i swear i would've cried SO HARD if i was watching it by myself. ugh ok the thought of it makes me want to cry
cannot with the OST either :'(

Anyway, I reckon it was great. Loved it a lot :)
ayamahigari 06 Sep, 2013
first I was like O.O amazing, I love this movie, and then that old lady came up
and she was the young one and I was like WTF, she never came back? She left him, and didn't even think about him all that time? And then what? They called her and she just get into his bed? Madness. I'm really dissapointed of that ending... She could just take him home, but no! For what? She left him alone again.
Snowman at the very end was perfect! This one scene was everything that I wanted, just situation before was a little bit strange for me. I can't sleep now. Why did she left him there!!!


It's very good movie though. Song Jung Gi is marvelous. I was able to feel all the emotions. Looking into his eyes is like reading a book about his soul. Really touch my heart.
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