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"Writer-director Jo Sung-hee has crafted a highly watchable and affecting, genre-crossing work that emphasizes human emotion and interaction over horror." – Film Journal International
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.
Director Jo Sung-hee won acclaim with his apocalyptic debut End of Animal (MIFF 2011), and here has done a 180º stylistic turn to deliver a tender romantic drama – with elements of comedy, suspense and supernatural mystery – that owes more to Pygmalion and Edward Scissorhands than it does to the Twilight series. With its crowd-pleasing twist on the classic coming-of-age tale, A Werewolf Boy is a smart and charming film for all ages.
"A sweet coming of age story … filled with charm and humour." – Spotlight Toronto
MIFF recommends age 13+
All films featured as part of the Next Gen program are approved for screening by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to Next Gen screenings unless in the company of an adult guardian.
D/S Jo Sung-hee P Kim Su-jin, Yun In-beom, Charles Park, Jeong Tae-sung Dist Madman Entertainment L Korean w/English subtitles TD DCP/ 2012