늑대소년 (A Werewolf Boy)

 

Koreans sure know how to make a good romantic movie. The title, A Werewolf Boy, has cliché written all over it but thanks to its slice of life atmosphere, heartwarming narrative, and the actors’ solid performances, the movie did not end up looking like a cheesy supernatural melodrama.

The film transports us back to a stunning rural backdrop of simplicity and innocence via Suni’s memories from 47 years ago where she met the feral boy whom his mom named Cheol Soo.

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Assuming that he’s an abandoned child from the war, Suni’s family took him in and with the guidance of an old dog training manual, she found herself teaching and eventually caring for the boy.

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Park Bo Young is all sorts of adorable. She exudes young feminine sweetness while possessing some fierce acting chops proven by that shining dramatic moment in the woods.I’m just a bit bothered by the fact that she bears a striking resemblance with Song Joong Ki that sometimes, when I see the Werewolf Boy poster , I feel as if I’m like looking at 2 Joong Kis.

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As usual, Song Joong Ki did not disappoint.

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He’s already worked with veteran actors in Tree With Deep Roots, acted alongside young, talented ones in Sungkyungkwan Scandal and deviated from the good boy image in Innocent Man but no matter what genre and no matter who he co-stars with, he just naturally shines in everything he does. As the titular character, wolfboy Cheol Soo barely had any lines and yet Joong Ki’s expressions made me giggle like a stupid fangirl, I wanted to pat his head too and his first words broke my heart.

가지마   ╥﹏╥ (Don’t go.)

Despite Cheol Soo’s low-budgeted wolf look plus his unexplained superhero-like strength (and eternal youth?!) plus the antagonist’s unrealistic and unnecessary douchebagery played convincingly by Yoo Yeon Seok, I still find A Werewolf Boy worth watching. This is a fantasy-like picture that makes one appreciate even the slow moments and then moves its viewer to tears with its genuine well-made and well-acted romance. Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young totally slayed the heartbreaking final scene.

It’s those sweet tender moments and the chemistry between its two beautiful and powerful leads that made the movie live up to the hype.

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