The movie is about a family moving to the countryside because of the eldest daughter’s lung ailment. There they meet a wild boy living all by himself in the barn and decide to take care of him. As he slowly becomes part of the family the oldest daughter is trying to introduce him into society. I personally felt as though the end of the movie took a risky turn. The movie ending with Park Bo Young’s character leaving Song Joong Ki, and moving out into the world, getting married and even having a grandchild. What broke me was that when she returned to the house years later he was there waiting for her, he hadn’t aged and was wearing the same clothes she found him in, while she had aged and lived her life to the fullest. It highlighted one of things most people hate to admit and avoid realizing, through time, no matter how much you love a person, slowly they become only a memory. Honestly this really upset me, for the whole day after the movie I tried to wrap my head around the reason why the director would leave such a sad ending. Until my sister pointed out that, yes Suni did move on with her life, Chul Soo didn’t. Many people we meet in our lives will become a memory to us, but that there are people who will be stay, never changing and awaiting our return.
From making me laugh really loud at times to making me tear up at scenes (which rarely happens to me), “A Werewolf Boy” truly reaches your emotions and takes you through a ride in which you find what true care and love is – learning to look past others’ differences and make out the beauty that their hearts beat, and be there for them, no matter what. Soon-Yi’s dedication to teach and help Chul-Soo learn to speak and acquire skills not only had “a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e” written all over it, but it also showed that truly meaningful things don’t just happen, they take time and determination, and with that same time, those meaningful things don’t just disappear…time passed, but Soon-Yi and Chul-Soo were still there for each other, a few mistakes underwent their way, but there they were at the end, Chul-Soo finally able to read Soon-Yi her favorite childhood book, she giving him the 100 pets she had promised since the early years of their love, which was still their love. And it’s that same sweetness which touched my heart.
This movie showed why I am a fan of Korean movies: Simple story-line, may be over-used, but very well executed. Some may say that the movie is slow-paced but I find beauty in it because it gave way to focusing on little details (e.g. facial expression, hand movements and other body gestures) which have big impact and lasting impression on viewer’s reaction. Strangely enough, seeing him act like a dog doesn’t seem a bit ridiculous whatsoever. Even though Soon-yi initially treats Chul-soo like a pet, their relationship steadily turns into something more: he is a (good looking) human being after all. The chemistry between the two characters and two actors work perfectly. Basically the first half of the film is innocent fun, mainly strengthening the ties between Soon-yi and Chul-soo in order to make their conflicts more devastating. And Park Bo-young, with her superb acting, really sells the devastation.
A Werewolf Boy had its world premiere in the “Contemporary World Cinema” section of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, then screened at the Busan International Film Festival before its theatrical release on October 31, 2012. It quickly rose up the box office charts to become the most successful Korean melodrama of all time. The story is well told, and two hours pass without much inclination to inspect our watches. There is also nice music “under” several scenes that were assumed to be “moving”. All in all, still a good feel-good movie with the usual mix of good and bad characters.