A Werewolf Boy
Neuk-dae-so-nyeon, Korea 2012
Screenplay: Jo Sung-hee
Producers: Kim Su-jin, Yun In-beom
Photography: Choi Sang-muk
Editor: Nam Na-young
Production designer: Kim Ji-su
Costume designer: Kwak Jung-ae
Sound: Gong Tae-won
Music: Shim Hyun-jung
In Korean with English subtitles
With: Song Joong-ki (Cheol-su), Park Bo-young (young Suni/Eun-joo), Yoo Yeon-seok (Ji-tae), Jang Young-nam (mother), Lee Young-lan (adult Suni), Kim Hyang-gi (Soon-ja)
Festivals: Toronto, Vancouver 2012; Melbourne 2013
This Korean hit mixes shivers and young romance to come up with something closer to Edward Scissorhands than the Twilight series.
“After moving to a farmhouse in the countryside, teenager Suni discovers a bedraggled feral boy her own age living on the property. She is initially repulsed: he can’t speak or read, and shows no other signs of civilisation. Overcoming her hesitation, Suni attempts to draw the boy out of the beast – like a pet at first – and they soon develop an affectionate bond. But it becomes apparent that Cheol-su, as she names him, has a mysterious secret and when their blossoming relationship is challenged, his bestial instincts return… With its crowd-pleasing twist on the classic coming-of-age tale, A Werewolf Boy is a smart and charming film for all ages.” — Melbourne International Film Festival.
“Powerhouse entertainment, featuring love, suspense, dark secrets, tenderness, fur… and some very jagged teeth.” — Vancouver International Film Festival