12:27 - 12th December 2012, by David West

A Werewolf Boy Climbs Up Korean Box Office

Jo Sung-hee's A Werewolf Boy has become Korea's third biggest hit of 2012 and the film has been picked up for release in the USA.

Here's the official synopsis:

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 Soon-yi 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, Soon-yi 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 Soon-yi 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, Soon-yi must abandon him while promising, "Wait for me. I'll come back for you."

CJ Entertainment has responded to the film's success by re-releasing it in Korean cinemas with extra scenes and an alternate ending.

Song Joong-ki plays the title character, while Park Bo-yeong is Soon-yi. You can learn more about the movie over on the official website.

With its blend of action, fantasy and romance, it seems like it should have plenty of crossover appeal beyond fans of Korean drama. Would you like to see A Werewolf Boy released over here in the UK? Comments below please!

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