A Werewolf Boy

A Werewolf Boy

Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-young star in A WEREWOLF BOY, a film by Jo Sung-hee. Picture courtesy CJ Entertainment.

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A Werewolf Boy (2012)

Also Known As: Neuk-Dae So-Nyun, Neukdae Sonyeon

Opened: 11/30/2012 Limited

Limited (15+)11/30/2012
CGV Cinemas11/30/2012 - 01/17/201349 days
AMC Empire 2512/07/2012 - 12/24/201218 days

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Genre: South Korean Romantic Fantasy (Korean w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated

He was a creature that was never meant to exist.

A WEREWOLF BOY grabs #1 at Korean box office on opening night and logs 1.3 million admissions over the first weekend!

"A Werewolf Boy is continually fascinating" -- Maggie Lee, Variety

"It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" -- Anderson Le, HIFF


Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of a boy she knew 60 years ago come flooding back to her. Then young Suni and her family moved to a small village in Korea. There, they encounter a bedraggled orphan boy hiding under a bush and take him in out of pity. Called a "wolf boy" by some for his feral behavior and uncommon strength, Suni teaches the boy how to eat at a table, and read and write so that he might one day live among people. He repays her kindness with a devotion unequalled by any human being, a love that exceeds all normal expectations. Then one day a threat to Suni exposes the boy's deadly bestial instincts, and in an instant he becomes the subject of the villagers' fears. In order to save the boy's life, Suni must abandon him while promising, "Wait for me. I'll come back for you."

Where to Watch

Releasing on Nov. 30, 2012

  • Los Angeles, CA -- CGV Cinemas
  • Irvine, CA -- University Town Center
  • Fullerton, CA -- Regal La Habra
  • Las Vegas -- Regal Village Square 18

Releasing on Dec. 7, 2012

  • San Diego -- AMC Fashion Valley
  • San Francisco -- Century 20 Daly City
  • Seattle -- AMC Alderwood
  • Dallas -- AMC Grapevine Mills
  • Chicago -- AMC Showplace Niles
  • Atlanta -- AMC Colonial
  • Philadelphia -- AMC Plymouth Meeting
  • New Jersey -- AMC Ridgefield Park
  • New York -- AMC Empire
  • New York -- Cinemart Cinemas 5
  • Honolulu -- Consolidated Pearlridge

More theaters to come.

Director's Statement

"A Werewolf Boy is a fantasy of the emotions. It is a fantasy because it shows a kind of 'love' that many don't believe can exist in this kind of world."

When someone owns a dog, they often experience many touching moments. They do not care what we look like or whether or not we succeed, but look only at us forever. What do they see in us? Could it be that they are the ones that can see through our souls?

Even though humans have the ability to see through the soul, we often choose to look away. It makes me think that maybe we don't have the ability to see at all.

Once upon a time, when we were still pure, Our connections to each other were powerful. It was 'real', and not broken out of fear of getting hurt. But I think that the smarter we became, the more we lost our ability to see through the soul. Instead of simply looking, we became calculating and predicted into the future.

The fantasy shown in A Werewolf Boy is not so much as a fantasy as it is a fantasy of emotions. It is because the film shows a type of 'love' that does not exist in this world.

In watching the honest and sincere connection between these two characters, I hope that the audience will witness a rare humanity that can no longer be seen in humans nowadays.

I also hope that you will long for something that was once within you. Things that you no longer hold... a time, a place, a person.

This is a story about us, and the people that we once were.

-- Director and Writer, Jo Sung-hee

The Making of A Werewolf Boy

Creating a dream-like space for the "wolf boy" and "girl"

Known for his cinematic use of space and detailed character expressions in Don't Step Out of the House (2009), Director Jo Sung-hee brings out the same beautiful mise-en-scene and attention to detail in his first commercial film, A Werewolf Boy. While the film is set in the 1960's, rather than basing his perspective on historical evidence, Jo chose instead to focus on the film's true meaning by producing a familiar yet foreign atmosphere that will let audiences reminisce about their own past. The artwork and wardrobe for A Werewolf Boy were also created in consideration of this point. While the outfits are not as fancy as those in other films, this allowed the actors to further immerse themselves into becoming one with the character and be able to relate to the audience.

Aside from the wardrobe, finding a location was another task. The staff searched for 5 months, looking for a space that was reminiscent of the past, dream-like, and walked a fine line between realistic and unrealistic for the "wolf boy" and girl to connect. It was difficult to receive permits to shoot in old buildings or locations that were registered as cultural properties, causing the location hunting process to bleed into the production period itself. Despite the circumstances, the crew scoured the entire country and finally came upon the perfect location--or should we say, locations--that would highlight the film's mood perfectly. The waterfalls in the city of Pocheon, the cypress forest in Jangheung, and scenic walkways on the island of Jejudo, and more prime locations all played a part in completing a beautifully timeless picture for A Werewolf Boy.

The transformation of a star -- Song Joong-ki becomes the "Werewolf Boy"!

For the first time ever in South Korean film, the character of a "wolf boy" appears with a body temperature of 114 degrees and unidentifiable bloody type--a dangerous creature that was never meant to exist. While his exterior is that of a wild beast, deep inside he is a fragile and innocent being. The actor chosen to portray this was none other than rising star, Song Joong-ki, whose acting has been proven in both TV and on the silver screen. With A Werewolf Boy, Song unveils his most shocking transformation yet.

South Korean heartthrob Song first rose to stardom as the flirtatious Koo Yong-hwa in the hit TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal". More recently, his leading role in the wildly popular drama "Nice Guy" has garnered Song praise for his intense and dedicated acting. In A Werewolf Boy, Song promises to show yet another side to his pretty boy image. Prior to entering production, Song is known to have visited multiple zoos to study animal movement and behavior. Says Song, "Because the 'wolf boy' cannot speak, I had to express all emotions through my eyes, facial expressions, bodily movements, and breathing. The challenge of becoming a 'wolf boy' was an invaluable experience and I feel pride in doing something that no one has tried before."

About the Director

JO Sung-hee (born February 3, 1979) majored in industrial art design at Seoul National University. After graduation, he joined "Seotaeji Music Company" and "Olive Studio." During this time, he worked on numerous music videos and animated cartoons as an assistant-director. In 2007, he directed BARNACLE LOU (cartoon series for TV) at Olive Studio.

Having decided to pursue a career as a film director, he joined Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) in 2008 and made his first short, DON'T STEP OUT OF THE HOUSE! (HD/color/43 min). The short landed 3rd place in the Cinefondation category at Festival de Cannes, 2009. DON'T STEP OUT OF THE HOUSE! was helmed for JO's unique style of depicting the nature of fear and human frailty.

JO made his feature debut in 2010 with END OF ANIMAL. The critically acclaimed film was invited to various international festivals including Rotterdam IFF, San Francisco IFF, Denmark IFF (CPH PIX), Vancouver IFF, Dubai IFF, BFI London IFF and Cinema Digital Seoul Festival. At Dubai International Film Festival, the film was awarded a Special Mention certificate.

About the Cast

SONG Joong-ki (Cheol-su)

Since making his acting debut in YOO Ha's A FROZEN FLOWER in 2008, SONG Joong-ki (born September 19, 1985) has been actively building a solid career across TV and film. SONG won multiple awards at all major TV awards in 2010 and 2011.

PARK Bo-young (Suni)

PARK Bo-young (born February 2, 1990) started her career as a young actress in 2006 through the drama "The King and I". In 2008, PARK rose to stardom as she became South Korea's sweetheart through the hit comedy SCANDAL MAKERS. The film won her multiple awards for best new actress at some of Korea's most prestigious film awards in the same year. In A WEREWOLF BOY, PARK plays the female lead role of Suni and her present-day granddaughter, Eunju.

She won multiple awards as a new actress at some of Korea's most prestigious film awards the same year. In A WEREWOLF BOY, PARK plays the female lead role, Suni, and her present day granddaughter, Eun-ju.

YOO Yeon-seok (Ji-tae)

YOO Yeon-seok (born on April 11, 1984) made his first screen appearance in PARK Chan-wook's OLD BOY, playing young Woo-jin (played by YU Ji-tae) and has since been working actively across TV and silver screen.