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Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

Hwayi: Gwimuleul samkin ai (original title)
A boy with five fathers who is attached to the criminal underworld. A sinister past is about to be revealed as he is forced to join the killing spree.

Director:

Joon-Hwan Jang

Writers:

Joo-Suk Park, Joon-Hwan Jang (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kim Yoon-seok ... Seok Tae
Yeo Jin-gu ... Hwayi
Cho Jin-woong ... Ki Tae (as Jin-woong Jo)
Hyun-Sung Jang ... Jin Seong (as Hyeong-seong Jang)
Seong-gyoon Kim ... Dong Beom
Park Hae-Joon ... Beom Soo (as Hae-jun Park)
Nam Ji-Hyun ... Yoo Kyung (as Ji-hyeon Nam)
Ji-Eun Lim Ji-Eun Lim ... Yeong Joo
Yoo Yeon-Seok ... Park Ji Won
Seong-kun Mun ... CEO Jin
Lee Kyung-young ... Im Hyung Taek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheol-woo Han Cheol-woo Han ... Detective Kim
Joo-wan Han Joo-wan Han ... President Jeon's Attendant
Jang In-sub Jang In-sub ... Detective Chang Ho
Yoon-seok Jeong Yoon-seok Jeong ... Hwayi (child) (as Yoon-Seok Jung)
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Storyline

Hwayi is a boy living in a farm village, who was raised by 5 fathers who were famous criminals. One day, the group is commissioned to kill a man named Lim and his wife. While the rest of the group feel something odd about this particular contact, Suk-tae is adamant to carry out this job with Hwayi in tow. During the job Hwayi discovers a photograph of a child in Lim's house. Eventually, Suk-tae hands his gun to Hwayi and he is forced to pull the trigger. He becomes ill after committing his first kill and realizes that the boy in the photograph looks uncannily familiar. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Joon-Hwan Jang's first feature directorial movie since 2003 film Jigureul Jikyeora. See more »

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Entertaining Korean flick for the most part
13 April 2014 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

I would have probably enjoyed this movie when I was in my early teens over now. Despite all the blood and gore in this. The acting is good, but couldn't really get immersed into the characters or the story. I guess they did the best they could with 2 hours and multiple different characters. The rising star Yeo Jin-goo is still rough around the edges but still good for such a young actor. I think his acting chops will continue to grow, plus he already beats out other Korean actors that are older when it comes to acting. Another actor that stood out is Kim Sung-Kyun but that is because he seemed to be impersonating the Joker. The plot is similar to something from a graphic novel which I thought was cool. Unfortunately most of the areas in the movie just seemed so darn underdeveloped and rushed at times. Making certain situations not as gripping or even to the point of not making much sense. The situations could have been more tense if there was more development in the story and characters. It's a good movie to boost Yeo Jin-goo as a rising star, but it's not a thriller that sticks with you like "The Chaser" 2008. The plot is passable and the action for the most part is realistic and good to great acting to go along with it. I give it a 6.5/10.

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Hwayi: A Monster Boy See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,437,802
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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