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Ha-wool-ling (2012)

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Veteran detective Sang-gil and beat cop Eun-yeong are in charge of a case that seems to involve a simple act of self-immolation. Sang-gil initially thinks that it was an accident, but dog ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Detective Sang-Kill
... Detective Eun-Young
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang In-ho ... Lee Ki-Nam
... Coroner
Jeong Jin ... Detective
Yeong-jin Jo ... Jung-Ah's dad
... Sang-Gil's son (as Lee Min-Ho)
Sung-min Lee ... Detective Young-Cheol
... Jung-Ah
Jeong-geun Sin ... Chief detective
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Veteran detective Sang-gil and beat cop Eun-yeong are in charge of a case that seems to involve a simple act of self-immolation. Sang-gil initially thinks that it was an accident, but dog bite marks discovered on the body lead him to believe that someone had terrorized and murdered the victim. He and Eun-yeong investigate the source of the drugs found in the body and discover the victim had been pimping out young girls. At the same time, another murder involving a wolf-dog crossbreed occurs The two cases are labeled serial killings. With a connection between the victims uncovered, Sang-gil and Eun-yeong track down a potential witness. While questioning her, one of the mysterious dogs strikes out of the blue, killing the witness and stunning the cops. Written by CJ Entertainment

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16 February 2012 (South Korea)  »

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Howling  »

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Poetic procedural and a stunning lead
1 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

More character study than thriller, with terrific performances by Korean mainstay Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) and preternatural beauty Lee Na-young as detectives on the trail of a murderous dog trainer. Working amidst sexism, incompetence, and infighting among the police, Lee's rookie cop begins to identify with the true killer as the case becomes more complicated. Lyrical drama is well written and acted, as the characters struggle to understand each other and inflict pain without knowing why. Even the one committing the murders is an innocent who desires human connection.

A cut above boilerplate Korean thrillers and worth seeking out.


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