Director Jo Sung-Hee’s blockbuster fantasy “A Werewolf Boy” is so big in South Korea that it’s not only beating the second half of the “Twilight” finale at the box office, but it’s getting re-released with an alternate ending.
First off, okay, we know regional films often beat out the Hollywood blockbusters, but it’s such an interesting matchup between “A Werewolf Boy” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2,” two thematically sorta similar-ish supernatural fantasies which held the numbers one and two spots respectively on the S. Korean charts for weeks.
Maybe audiences were looking for a little more love and less war, preferring “A Werewolf Boy”’s tale of young love between a frail young girl (Park Bo-Young) and the feral boy she discovers in her new home in the countryside. Korean hearththrob (and this is officially the first time I’ve ever written that word) Song Joong-Ki plays the boy, who was locked in a barn for years, but begins to warm to Park Bo-Young’s character, Soon-Yi. Oh, and a slimy businessman (Yoo Yeon-Seok) has his sites on marrying Soon-Yi and also the lost boy is super strong and is a werewolf, probably.
This is director Jo’s second feature, and after 2010’s stark and strange apocalyptic drama “End of Animal,” I have to say I’m curious what he’ll do with more sentimental stuff. “A Werewolf Boy” is currently showing in Los Angeles and Vegas, and will be expanding to more theaters around the country on December 7th.