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Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-Away Version) DVD Region 3

Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Jang Joon Hwan (Director)
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Ten years after Save the Green Planet, director Jang Joon Hwan returns with his long awaited sophomore feature Hwayi: A Monster Boy. The blockbuster action thriller teams up award-winning actor Kim Yoon Seok (The Thieves) with popular teen actor Yeo Jin Gu, widely pegged as Korea's next big star after show-stealing appearances in television dramas like The Moon that Embraces the Sun and I Miss You. Kim Yoon Seok and Yeo Jin Gu are supported by a staggering cast of some of Korea's finest actors including Jang Hyun Sung, Park Yong Woo, Kim Sung Kyun, Lee Kyung Young, Jo Jin Woong and Moon Sung Keun as well as rising star Yoo Yeon Seok (Architecture 101).

Hwayi: A Monster Boy explores the conflicts of nature vs. nurture and father vs. son against a punishing backdrop of violent action. The 16-year-old Yeo Jin Gu takes on the eponymous role of Hwayi, a boy who was kidnapped as an infant and raised in isolation by five notorious criminals. His foster fathers trained him well for a life of crime, and soon comes the day when Hwayi joins in his first job and pulls the trigger to tragic consequences. It is then that he discovers the horrible truth behind his own past and identity. With his life and self upturned, Hwayi seeks revenge against the fathers who taught him everything he knows.

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Product Title: Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-Away Version) 魔童殺手 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) (Give-Away Version) Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-Away Version) Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-Away Version) Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-Away Version)
Artist Name(s): Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Yoo Yeon Seok (Actor) | Park Hae Joon (Actor) 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 柳演錫 (Actor) | Park Hae Joon (Actor) 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 柳演锡 (Actor) | Park Hae Joon (Actor) パク・ヨンウ (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | ユ・ヨンソク (Actor) | Park Hae Joon (Actor) 박용우 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 유연석 (Actor) | 박해준 (Actor)
Director: Jang Joon Hwan 張駿桓 张骏桓 チャン・ジュヌァン 장준환
Release Date: 2016-09-02
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1052963676

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Director: JANG Joon-hwan

Hwayi is a boy living in a farm village, who was raised by 5 fathers. His fathers are known criminals and the police nicknamed them as "Daytime Monsters". One day, the group is commissioned to kill a man named Lim and his wife. Apart from the leader Suk-tae, rest of the group feel something odd about this particular contract, but Suk-tae is adamant to carry out this job with Hwayi in tow. This is the first time Hwayi has ever tagged along for a job and discovers a photograph of a child in Lim's house. Suk-tae hands his gun to Hwayi and orders the boy to kill Lim. Despite his plea, Hwayi 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.
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April 23, 2014

This professional review refers to Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Has it really been ten years since Save the Green Planet, still one of the best, not to mention wildest, Korean films in recent memory? There's certainly been nothing quite like it since, and so it's both a shock and a shame that it's taken so long for director Jang Joon Hwan to follow up it up, as he finally now has with Hwayi: A Monster Boy. Though on paper the film sounds like a kidnap and crime thriller, as expected from Jang, it's far from straightforward, delving into dark and philosophical territory while packing in lots of graphic violence and surprises.

Upcoming teen actor Yeo Jin Gu (hugely popular after roles in television series such as The Moon that Embraces the Sun and I Miss You) plays the 16 year old Hwayi of the title, who as a young boy was kidnapped by a ruthless gang of criminals led by the vicious Seok Tae (the award winning actor Kim Yoon Seok, The Thieves). Having been part of a ransom scheme that went wrong, the five decided to raise him themselves, training him in their ways and gradually involving him in heists and worse. Now coming of age and set to take on his first proper job, a strange coincidence throws Hwayi's life into chaos, and sets him on a grim path of self-discovery that pits him against his surrogate fathers.

As he showed with Green Planet, where Jang Joon Hwan really excels is not just through his ability to come up with engagingly leftfield scenarios and strangeness, but in the way that he populates his films with characters who despite being delusional or borderline psychotic, are sympathetic and compelling to watch. That's certainly the case with Hwayi: A Monster Boy which for all its clever and unpredictable twists, wouldn't be half as effective without its excellent character writing and fascinatingly flawed and monstrous leads. Morally and emotionally it's a tough and challenging film, its depiction of a teen criminal and killer raising questions about inherited evil vs. the influence of environment in brutal and unflinching fashion. Though at times reliant upon coincidences, the plot has enough substance to never feel manipulative, and Jang keeps the film rattling along at a tense pace through till the bitter end. Uniformly great performances from the cast also help, with both the young Yeo Jin Gu and veteran Kim Yoon Seok on complex, commanding form, their shifting, twisted bond making for several very powerful scenes.

The film also works as a gritty, action packed thriller, with lots of shoot outs, chases, fighting and assassinations scattered throughout, Jang skilfully escalating them in intensity to match the growing anger and murderousness of his protagonist. Right from the start it's a gruesome and bloody film, and its hard edge may well be a bit much for some, showing a marked viciousness and boasting a body count that quickly spirals. Though there have been a number of other Korean films of late featuring trained teenage killers (generally spies), Jang's effort is by far the most convincing and the only one to really attempt to get into the disturbing psychology of its young assassin, eschewing melodrama in favour of harsh truths. As with Green Planet there's ambiguity and humour here too, and this keeps the viewer guessing and off balance even after the credits roll, and though it comes to a satisfying and fitting conclusion, there's much still to be pondered - always the sign of a great film.

Jang Joon Hwan really has been missed, and it has to be hoped that viewers won't have to wait another decade for his next film, as on the evidence of Hwayi: A Monster Boy, he's still one of Korea's most interesting and original filmmakers. A gripping mix of bloody crime thriller and coming of age drama as well as an unsettling meditation on evil and the human condition, it's one of the best Korean films of the last year, and if there's any justice will meet with the commercial success sadly denied Save the Green Planet.

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