[K-Movie Review] A Werewolf Boy (2012)

A Werewolf Boy is a movie recommended by a person I didn’t expect to. He’s someone I work with and he is well aware of my addiction fondness to anything Korean (by that I mean he knows very well about the when, how and why) and one day as we were talking about some codes and email setup he mentioned about this movie, that I Googled of course (because seriously, I can’t believe he would watch Korean Movies) and surprise, I know the guy; well not personally, I’ve watched Sungkyunwan Scandal and his character is my favorite. I’m talking about Song Joong-ki by the way; who’s currently missing from K-Dramaland because of mandatory military service.

What the babble’s about?

An elderly woman’s recollection of her youth, particularly that time she spent at her old home at the countryside to recover from her lung problems; that time when she discovered, tamed and developed a special friendship with a savage boy who can neither read, speak and write.

Initial Reaction

What the hell have I gotten myself into, hehehe; at least during the first few minutes into the film I asked myself that. No, scratch that, my initial reaction is “why do I have this feeling that there’s something scary underlining this ‘fantasy romance’ film?” Weird? I’m not into horror movies, I don’t bother watching those films if I’m on my own, not at all, unless I’m going to watch it with someone that is. And the opening scene itself is uncannily like the opening scenes that Filipino Horror Films has: darkness. When the old lady was shown in the screen, I thought she was a chick witch or something especially with the facial cream and hey, the title is A Werewolf Boy so that could happen right, look at Trueblood and Twilight. I almost didn’t watch it and I wouldn’t have if I am not aware that Song Joong-ki is in it. Thankfully I stayed tuned.

What lingered? (Spoiler Alert)

The Neighbors – well maybe because it gives off that nostalgic feeling to me, you know neighbor’s helping out with things and then staying for lunch or dinner, makes me miss home big time.

Kim Suni (Park Bo-young) warming up with Chul-soo (Song Joong-ki) and the other way around – this transition is beautiful not just because I expected the story to take this turn but because it helped Suni’s character growth a lot, from being a bitter, timid young girl to finally letting her hair down, or something like that. Of course one can understand the resentment on staying in the countryside especially if you’re used to the city. Take my brother for one, he has this love and hate thing about being in our province (my parents’ house is two to three hours away from the city) going on which is why I have a general idea how she feels, not to mention it is for her account that they have to stay there since she’s sick and her doctor recommended fresh air, the poor thing is drowning in self pity.

With the appearance of Chul-soo (a name given by her kind mom, it is the name that Suni’s father wants to give his son), savage, smelly, starved Chul-soo, which of course was a nuisance to Suni in the beginning to the point that she did tell her mom to just send him away and that she’s not gonna eat with him around, (not that anybody can eat with him around anyways) Suni found a kindred soul. Chul-soo on the other hand learned how to love, a love and loyalty similar to that of a dog to his master, and I don’t think there’s any puppy out there as cute and handsome as he is.

Suni’s mom – she is the type of mom that is full of compassion and love, enough to adopt and take care of a feral boy. The scene where she gave Chul-soo a bath is sweet. I don’t think anybody would do what she did for Chul-soo, there’s not enough humanity in this world anymore, sad but true.

The kids – children are pure, always. They see way beyond what the adults see, their fear is something much different. In the eyes of children, if you treat them kindly, they are going to threat you as warm as they can.

I Brushed Off

Ji-tae – that arrogant, loser ass. It’s a character so easy to hate and Yoo Yeon-seok gave good justice to it. Although you have to admit that he being the bad guy is pretty obvious from the start; you know slick hair, rudeness to elders (or everybody) and then he did that hand grabbing (the kind with dark ulterior motive) thingy to ask for a proper goodbye. Yep, he’s definitely the villain but to give him some credit, he has difficulty to express what he really wants to express not that it justifies anything though. There’s a thin line between violence and self defense.

That Significant Song

I love acoustic music thus it’s not surprising that I liked this song, it’s sweet and fuzzy.

Those Captured Moments

First bath in ages.. ^^ObservationShe has decided to train him.Initial test, I just love the reaction of everyone, it’s priceless specially when she said something like “why are you guys not eating?” ahahahaha.I shall train thee.I adore the whole training part and his awareness that he gets “petted” every time he does a good job.

 

He said “don’t go”, but she wanted to do the noble thing by saving him.

Conclusion

All in all I enjoyed this movie, I shed a couple of tears, okay a lot and I used plenty of facial tissue, I was a wreck. The whole separation thing broke me, especially when he said his first real words and of all the words in the world it has to be “don’t go” and the way Suni reacted after hearing that. She’s so broken, wanting to stay yet wanting to go to protect him the way he’s always protected her.

Also, I’m amazed though it’s not quite unexpected that he waited for her all those 47 years just as she asked her to and he accomplished what she asked of him to read that book to her.

How beautiful and pure is a patient love, how rare and almost nonexistent?  The film gave a different, heartfelt, profound and sweet interpretation of the Golden Rule, cause and effect, with kindness you gain kindness, with love, you’ll gain love.

Rating

9.25 Out of 10

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