With its captivating storyline and lead actor Song Jong-il bringing audiences to the theater for second and third doses of the movie, the film's distributor, CJ Entertainment, announced that they would be releasing an exclusive alternate ending version of A Werewolf in December 2012. The existence of an alternate ending for A Werewolf was first revealed at an audience Q&A session with the film's director, Jo Bungee, in Seoul.
Following this, countless requests poured in on Twitter for the film's exclusive alternate ending. CJ Entertainment has confirmed that the version will be released in theaters this December in South Korea, adding that the ending also reveals a hidden story behind A Werewolf “'s antagonist, Vitae, and the villagers.
The popularity of A Werewolf in South Korea continues to grow, as the film prepares for its release in North America on November 30. Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child.
Memories of a boy she knew 60 years ago come flooding back to her. Then young Sun and her family moved to a small village in Korea.
He repays her kindness with a devotion unequaled by any human being, a love that exceeds all normal expectations. Then one day a threat to Sun exposes the boy's deadly bestial instincts, and in an instant he becomes the subject of the villagers' fears.
In order to save the boy's life, Sun must abandon him while promising, “Wait for me. Copy & paste guideline for this articleAlways put a link back to the source and Cinema permalink “CJ Entertainment to release exclusive alternate ending for 'A Werewolf '”by Cinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unsorted License. Based on a work from this source.
Even though this movie is quite the lovely one, I feel that just a small section on managing expectations would be useful. It doesn’t clarify our resident werewolf’s origin story, for one thing.
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.
Another thing I wondered about, is what happened in the end, to the goat-raising farmer who got hit on the head. 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.
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.
This entry was posted in Flash Review and tagged 2012, A Werewolf, Answer Me 1994, Flash Review, movie, Park BO Young, Song Suing I, Yew Leon SUK on April 7, 2016, by fangirl. Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage she used to go to when she was a girl to teach a wild boy how to behave as a human being.
Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her. A Werewolf is a 2012 South Korean fantasy romance film in which a beautiful teenage girl (Park Young) was sent to the countryside because of her health.
Based on an interview, the director reveals that the original synopsis was quite different from the final screenplay. In order to make a commercial film, they swap the character's behavior and changed the ending.
For the ending scene, they held several meetings and talked about many possible versions with the elderly Soon. Chul-soo is a feral (wild) child because he has been isolated from human contact from a very young age.
He doesn't know how to behave like a human being and can't socialize like a normal person. Kim Soon, an elderly woman living in the US in her sixties receives an unexpected call about the sale of her old family home back in South Korea.
They drive back to the house in a remote valley and Soon starts to recall her memories of 47 years ago when she was a 17-year-old girl in 1965. She moved from Seoul along with her widowed mother and sister Sonja to undergo a period of rehabilitation after suffering problems with her lungs.
The family lived in courteous poverty at the mercy of their arrogant landlord, Vitae, son of the business partner of Soon's late father. The beautiful yet introverted teenage girl Soon lives an isolated life without any friends because of her health problems.
Soon's kindhearted mother adopts him despite he behaves like a wild beast and names him Chul-soo. She teaches him how to behave like a human being like how to wait patiently during mealtime, how to put dishes in the sink, writing, how to tie shoes, and other human behavior so that one day he could live like a normal man.
Chul-soo starts to demonstrate solid loyalty to her after he keeps getting affection every time he obeys Sonny's instructions. Chul-soo lets the beast inside him to burst out when he feels threatened and the villagers start to turn on him.
In order to save the boy who constantly risked his life to be with her, Soon leaves him in the wood with a promise note: Wait for me. In the present day, Soon walks into the shed to find Chul-soo sitting in there, still looking young as he was 47 years ago.
I personally preferred the alternate ending as being said rather than the original version knowing that Chul-soo actually waits for her for freaking 47 years. It leaves us wondering if the elderly Soon comes back to him after refusing to sell the house.
Nonetheless, although the film has a very cheery and heartwarming air to it, the climax and ending plots remind me that although it's a fantasy movie, it's still realistic. Director Jo revealed that they had shot an alternate ending for this movie due to the popular demand.
The alternate ending is being said that it involves Soon and among the deleted scenes are moments from Vitae's childhood as well as more focus on the unfold plots of the neighborhood. I just found some links pointed to the clips of the alternate ending, but they all seem to be removed or deleted for some reason.
I want a basically significant clear ending and I don't care if it is the most tragic scene I'll ever watch. Basically, this film is about two people who found something in one another that filled the void in their lives, but it totally screwed my idea of a love story.
To me, werewolf Chub sew is just loyal to the person he has decided to make as the core of his universe while human Soon I struggles to keep him by her side because he is a bloody..... dangerous......... pet. A girl makes a remarkable discovery in her own backyard, where she finds a wild boy.
The family takes him in believing he is just an abandoned orphan with very little social skills. It's kinda cute when the girl decides to teach the werewolf Chub sew based on a dog-training manual.
Let me present to you, the adorable most docile werewolf on earth, the gorgeous Chub sew: Song Jong-il barely pronounces a word in the movie, yet he still shows such devotion and manages to touch the ground of my heart with his delicate facial expressions and body language of a werewolf boy character.
He earnestly plays the role making us completely believe that he is the spirit of that character even in real life. If anyone dares to chain him to bed and put a metal lock around his neck again (filming or not), you are going to be suffered to death.
What tears my heart into a million pieces is that Sun abandoned him in the forest, and she does not... come..... back. The fact that the well-said alternate ending doesn't really change a thing, I prefer the original ending despite it still got me frustrated.