A Werewolf Boy

Director: Jo Sung-hee
Running time: 122 mins
Censor Rating: M - violence, horror

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