The Korean film, A Werewolf Boy, is a sweet coming of age story set in the 1960s. It is a fantasy filled with charm and humour.
Headstrong but sickly Suni moves to the countryside with her mother and her younger sister. One night, she hears something outside but finds nothing upon investigation. The next morning, she and her mother find a teenage boy huddled among some disused equipment on their property. Dirty and unkempt, he appears to be completely feral; he doesn't speak and he has no social skills. Much to Suni's disgust, her kind-hearted mother decides to take him in until a home can be found for him. Although Suni's younger sister attends the local school, poor health keeps the teenaged Suni at home and as she observes the boy, whom her mother has named Cheong-sul, she decides to take on the challenge of training him to fit in at home. As a bond develops between them, she notes some unusual features; Cheong-sul's body temperature runs high and he is preternaturally strong. Meanwhile, their obnoxious young landlord who has his eye on Suni sees Cheong-sul as a challenger who should be gotten rid of immediately.
Sweet as the story is, it steers away from the overly saccharine but it has an innocence that makes it suitable for a younger audiece. However, this is not wholly a children's movie. Its magical qualities will appeal to both the young and the young at heart.
A Werewolf Boy
Director: Jo Sung-hee
Principal Cast: Joong-ki Song, Park Bo-Young
Written by Pauline Dong
A native Torontonian, Pauline enjoys much that the city has to offer, especially in the areas of food and drink. She is also an enthusiastic traveller and explorer of other cultures. A self-described film geek, her interest in movies was first piqued by the early works of Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-Wai. More a fan than a critic, she invites your thoughts on the films in her articles.