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Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Yeo Jin Goo (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor)
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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) (Taiwan Version) 華頤:吞噬怪物的孩子 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 华颐:吞噬怪物的孩子 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) ファイ 悪魔に育てられた少年 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 화이
Also known as: 魔童殺手 魔童杀手
Artist Name(s): Yeo Jin Goo (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Jang Hyun Sung (Actor) | Nam Ji Hyun (Actor) | Yoo Yeon Seok (Actor) | Jo Jin Woong (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Park Hae Joon 呂珍九 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 張鉉誠 (Actor) | 南智賢 (Actor) | 柳演錫 (Actor) | 趙震雄 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 朴海俊 吕珍九 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 张铉诚 (Actor) | 南智贤 (Actor) | 柳演锡 (Actor) | 赵震雄 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 朴海俊 ヨ・ジング (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | パク・ヨンウ (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | チャン・ヒョンソン (Actor) | ナム・ジヒョン (Actor) | ユ・ヨンソク (Actor) | チョ・ウォンジュン (Actor) | キム・ソンギュン (Actor) | Park Hae Joon 여진구 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 박용우 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 장현성 (Actor) | 남지현 (Actor) | 유연석 (Actor) | 조진웅 (Actor) | 김성균 (Actor) | 박해준
Director: Jang Joon Hwan 張駿桓 张骏桓 チャン・ジュヌァン 장준환
Release Date: 2014-08-01
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 126 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036312588

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導演︰張駿桓

  五個逞凶鬥狠的盜賊父親 一個心地善良的兒子

  他 曾是善良夫妻的兒子 長大後成為犯罪集團的孩子 如今‧是吞噬怪物的孩子

  17歲少年華頤(呂珍九飾演)被綁架後,被五人組成的犯罪集團撫養長大;沒有到學校受式教育的他,跟著五位「爸爸」闖蕩江湖,習得一身殺手的絕活,但跟爸爸們不同的是仍保留一顆善良的心。這天他與爸爸們出了一項任務,在高壓逼迫下發狂般地射殺了一個陌生男子。第一次殺人的華頤,回到事故現場,卻在毫無記憶的房子裡挖掘到事情的真相…從那天起他決心展開復仇,兒時出現的撕牙猛獸,正逐漸被他所吞噬。

  想要殺死怪物 自己必須先成為怪物

*【擁抱太陽的月亮】第34屆青龍電影獎「最佳男新人獎」呂珍九
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Professional Review of "Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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