September 8, 2013

Howling (2012)

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery














Howling, a film from already established Korean director and a poet Ha Yoo best known to us for his films Once Upon a Time In High School and A Dirty Carnival.This time he takes a leap from his favorite drama genre to a thriller mystery.


A seasoned detective Sang-Kill (Kang-ho Song) eager for a big case to hasten his promotion, gets assigned to investigate what appears to be a suicide by self-immolation. Unwillingly he is partnered with rookie female detective Eun-Young (Na-yeong Lee) who is disdained in this male dominant police unit. It is later found out that that the victim of fire had huge bite marks on his body, that resemble dog or a wolf, and when further investigation reveals more murders done in similar manner it becomes unclear who and how is committing these murders. Both cops are determined to solve this mystery.




Seasoned cop and a rookie, quite cliche in detective movies, don't you think? But as it happens with cliches, director made it work just fine, and the pair working together, enhanced by excellent acting of both lead actors, to solve this mystery is a pleasure to watch. 

This movie also touches on women rights in South Korea, and point's out that there are still problems in this area even today, where man often based on prejudice refuse to accept women into their profession.

There are parts in this movie that I think are totally useless, serve no purpose and are just silly in their appearance (a hint for those who will watch it - motorcycle). But they are very few and not import to overall movie.

By no means it's a perfect movie, but it's fairly entertaining, has a solid plot, quality production and offers delight to see more Kang-ho Song amazing acting on your screens. Overall a fine flick for weary evening.

DVD from Amazon


4 comments:

  1. there is no brazilian/portuguese subtitle ;/

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  2. Hey!
    Just want to say i just discover your website and it is exelent! you are doing a great work for those who like the korean film indutry! thanks very much and please keep up with the amazing job ^^

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  3. I'm loving the korean cinema recently its really artsy and full of color and I try to follow most of your reviews, but this movie is quite boring and I was hoping better since I've watched the actor several time and expecting something better, but its too predictable and plot is somewhat stupid.

    but hey still, thanks! for the movies please do watch more and let us know.I follow your blog since we have the same taste when it comes to movies, but this movie I hate haha

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  4. I love Korean cinema.. Your reviews are great

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