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Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i (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.

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Joon-Hwan Jang

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
Yoon-Seok Kim ... Seok-tae
Jin-Woong Cho ... Ki-tae (as Jin-woong Jo)
Hyun-Sung Jang Hyun-Sung Jang ... Jin-seong (as Hyeong-seong Jang)
Seong-gyoon Kim ... Dong-beom
Hae-Joon Park ... Beom-soo (as Hae-jun Park)
Ji-Eun Lim Ji-Eun Lim ... Yeong-joo
Ji-Hyun Nam Ji-Hyun Nam ... Yoo-kyung (as Ji-hyeon Nam)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheol-woo Han Cheol-woo Han
Jang In-sub Jang In-sub ... Detective Chang-Ho
Yoon-Seok Jung Yoon-Seok Jung ... Hwayi (child)
Young-min Kim Young-min Kim ... Detective Jung-min
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Im Hyung-taek
Bok-gi Min Bok-gi Min ... Middle Aged Ex-Prosecutor
Seong-kun Mun ... CEO Jin
Yong-woo Park Yong-woo Park ... Detective Chang-ho
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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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Country:

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Language:

Korean

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A boy is about to find out who he is.
24 April 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

From the director who gave 'Save the Green Planet' was carved this action-thriller. It was a good comeback for the director to give such a great movie after a decade of the gap. Also worth waiting for us all these years to get a movie like this. It was the story of a teenager who begin to look for his true identity from what he was known as.

I was so curious after reading synopsis which denoted a boy with the five fathers. Yeah, it is something I did not get at that point, once I began to watch it was convinced me. A boy was raised by the five criminals, later goes in search for the truth after he's forced to step into a killing spree. The more he goes deeper to find the truth the more he risks himself with the dangers ahead. One after another the truth come into the lights which shocks him as well as the audience.

I thought it was another Korean gore movie with gangsters in it. I thought that way all the first half till the twist come into the play. But the real twist was in the last portion which totally blew me. It was attached to a flashback scene, that scene was the best turning point which flipped the movie from its originality into the new perspective.

I am seeing possibly Hollywood remake here. Definitely other industries around the world will show interest in this. Because the story was very nice with excellent characters and twists. One of the best Korean action movie of the year. The cast was good and so the direction with strong scenes everywhere. A sequel could be possible, which may concentrate more on the romance side. You should have this if you love the Korean movies where men are seen with the guns.


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