Station DREAM BOX MEDIA Co., Ltd. After losing her husband, the mother (Gang Young Nam) and the two daughters, Soon I (Park BO Young) and Soon JA (Kim Yang Hi), live at the mercy of Hi TAE (Yew Leon Seek), the son of her deceased husband’s business partner.
Sun I’s kind-hearted mother takes the boy in, believing he is an orphan of the Korean War, and names him Chub Sew (Song Suing I). Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage she used to live in as a child.
The young Sun and her family move to a small rural village in Korea. There, they encounter a strange ‘wolf boy hiding under a bush and take him in out of pity.
Bothered by his wild eyes and feral behavior, Sun teaches the boy to wait patiently before a meal, put on clothes, and read and write the alphabet so that he can one day live like other human beings. Slowly, the boy begins to develop feelings for Sun, the first person to ever show him affection.
Then one day an unexpected threat exposes the boy’s deadly bestial instincts, and in an instant, he becomes the subject of the villagers’ fears. Desperate to save the life of the boy who risked his own to be by her side, Sun leaves him with a promise: ‘Wait for me.
Native Title: Also Known As: Wolf Boy, Neutral Sony eon Screenwriter & Director: Jo Sung He Genres: Mystery, Romance, Drama, Supernatural Tags: Interspecies Romance, Werewolf, Forbidden Love, Shape-shifter, Tearjerker, Death, Obsession, Small Village, Star Crossed Lovers, Self-sacrifice (Vote or add tags) Country: South Korea Type: Movie Release Date: Oct 31, 2012 Duration: 2 hr.
Watched this movie for both Park BO Young (loved her in Speedy Scandal) and of course, the ethereal Song Suing. The story line was great albeit a little too simple, with its fair share of hilarious antics and sad moments that had me crying like a baby.
As much as I love him, I have never really considered him as an amazing actor (because the roles he were given so far were not so challenging, I guess). This goes to show how great of an actor he is, being able to carry a story along just through actions.
I am really fighting for words with my brain to explain in what a mess I am right now, this movie just blew the air out of me, and I am really fighting to bring a string of cohesive thought back into my head (that is full of guitars, alphabet letters, yellow fields and blue forests, books and sweaters, shoe-laces and pencils, and finally Suing's eyes, oh, those eyes...) Movie: A Werewolf Boy Country: South Korea Release Date: Oct 31, 2012 Duration: 2 hr.
Help Support MyDramaListThe Ultra Fan Guide to RO Woodstock of My First Love When her family moved to a small rural village, Sun discovered a “wolf boy hiding behind a bush.
She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, to wear clothes, to speak, to write and to behave like other humans so that he could one day live like a normal man. When her family moved to a small rural village, Sun discovered a “wolf boy hiding behind a bush.
She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, to wear clothes, to speak, to write and to behave like other humans 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, the “wolf boy let lose 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.
Also, for the record, Song Suing I is absolutely wonderful and amazing in this (although, when is he ever not, right? Even though this movie is quite the lovely one, I feel that just a small section on managing expectations would be useful.
One backstory detail that I wondered about, is why a rich, entitled playboy like Hi TAE (Yew Leon SUK) would be so fixated on marrying sickly, prickly, disinterested Soon I (Park BO Young). Show never throws light on this detail, which niggled at me, since the attraction seemed so obsessive yet misplaced.
Which means to say, if you just accept that this movie is a window into the world in which our characters live, you should be able to enjoy this one just fine. I don’t know about you, but I remember Yew Leon SUK best as Chilbongie in Answer Me 1994, and it was rather jarring for me, to see him being antagonistic, self-centered, cruel and all-around mean as Hi TAE.
It doesn’t help that Hi TAE’s characterization is broad-stroked and cartoonish at best, but Yew Leon SUK does a great job with what he’s given. Song Suing I is no holds barred amazing as our titular werewolf boy.
With barely any spoken lines in the movie, Song Suing I informs us of all of Chub Sew’s thoughts and emotions, purely through his body language and his expressive gaze. From the ferociously feral moments, to the moments of confusion, to the melancholic times, to the happier, freer times, I never felt like I didn’t know what Chub Sew was thinking or feeling; Song Suing I’s delivery is just that good.
The impact that his few lines land with, is so great that he effectively makes those times feel like legitimately thunderous mike-drop moments. Also, testament to Park BO Young’s very solid acting chops, is the fact that Soon I’s shift, from dour and sullen in the beginning of the movie, to more carefree and happy, feels completely organic, despite the relatively short time span in which that shift occurs.
The trajectory, of disdaining Chub Sew, to actually liking him, to eventually wanting to protect him, is also easily believable. My favorite thing about this movie is really all the scenes where we see Soon I and Chub Sew together.
Although this story is, in some sense, touted as the romance between Soon I and Chub Sew, I feel like their bond is actually much larger and more profound than a romantic love. And to Soon I, Chub Sew grows from pseudo pet, to friend, to romantic interest, to savior.
Which is quite a feat for Show to sell effectively, since we don’t have all that much screen time to build it. But, Park BO Young and Song Suing I sell it so well that I believe them completely.
Their very natural deliveries essentially helped me to overlook any gaps that our narrative had, in building their story. Even though she’d told him that he didn’t need to wait anymore, I don’t think that quite counts as a proper goodbye, to be honest.
As the credits roll, we see him making a snowman on the hill, just as she’d told him that they would, so long ago. On top of all that, there’s this distinct feeling that I get, watching him, that he will probably continue to wait for her, indefinitely, whether she’s told him to or not, and whether she ever comes back, or not.
And then, as she talks with him, and spends time with him, acknowledging and affirming him, in the process, she’ll get to reciprocate at least a little of the devotion that he’s poured out so freely on her. After A Werewolf killed it at the box office, a Director’s Cut version was released, which was meant to basically increase audience satisfaction with the ending.
It helped, in the sense that I feel like Soon I and Chub Sew get their moment, suspended in time; where they essentially return to the way things used to be, where their souls meet, in that purified, suspended state, and finally speak forth the words that they’ve been saving for each other, all this time. The fact that I can see young Soon I in this scene helps me feel like I’m witnessing that transcendent, magical dimension of the moment.
On the other hand, it doesn’t change the fact that she leaves Chub Sew behind, and that he watches her go, with that haunted look in his eyes. Even though this movie leaves us with more questions than answers, and even though the ending is, to me, distinctly melancholic and somewhat tragic, this is a beautiful watch that is, is some ways, a masterclass in faithfulness, loyalty and love.
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