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Director  Jang Joon-hwan
Music director  Mowg
Language  Korean
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Thriller
Screenplay  Joo-Suk Park
Country  South Korea
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Release date  October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)
Writer  Joon-Hwan Jang, Joo-Suk Park
Cast  Kim Yun-Seok (Seok-tae), Yeo Jin-goo (Hwa-yi), Jo Jin-woong (Ki-tae), Jang Hyun-sung (Jin-seong), Park Hae-joon (Beom-soo), Kim Sung-kyun (Dong-beom)
Similar movies  Kim Yun-seok movies, Movies about South Korea, Thrillers

Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hangul: 화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이; RR: Hwa-i: Gwi-mul-eul Sam-kin A-i) is a 2013 South Korean action thriller film about a 16-year-old boy of the same name (played by Yeo Jin-goo) who is raised by five criminal fathers to become the perfect assassin. It takes pulling the trigger to discover his true identity after he realizes the mystery surrounding his past and his fate. It was the highly anticipated second feature film by director Jang Joon-hwan, a decade after his 2003 cult favorite sci-fi comedy/thriller Save the Green Planet!.


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In the middle of a forest, a notorious five-member crime organization lives together on a deserted farm. One day, following a plan that didn't go as expected, an infant whom they had kidnapped in a blackmailing scheme is left with them. 14 years later, this boy, who is now named Hwa-yi, lives as the son of his five criminal fathers: Seok-tae, the cold but charismatic leader, Ki-tae, a stammering driving expert, Jin-seong, an ideal planner, Beom-soo, a guns expert, and Dong-beom a cold martial artist. Hwa-yi has been brought up in a unique way, learning skills from his five fathers instead of going to school. Though he has adapted to this life, sometimes he longs for the ordinary life of other boys, which seems impossible for him.

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The gang plans another crime, which will see Hwa-yi participate for the first time. During a fight, Hwa-yi fires a gun to kill someone. At first, his fingers tremble and the gun shakes but after one shot, he keeps pulling the trigger as though possessed. He finds a picture of a child on the man he shot and soon Hwa-yi starts to uncover a huge secret and his tragic destiny. His life is turned upside down when he learns that the man he killed was his real father. From that moment on, Hwa-yi vows revenge on his gangster fathers, using the devious skills he picked up from a life in crime.


Hwayi: A Monster Boy movie scenes
  • Yeo Jin-goo - Hwa-yi
  • Kim Yoon-seok - Seok-tae
  • Cho Jin-woong - Ki-tae
  • Jang Hyun-sung - Jin-seong
  • Kim Sung-kyun - Dong-beom
  • Park Hae-joon - Beom-soo
  • Park Yong-woo - Detective Chang-ho
  • Lee Geung-young - Im Hyung-taek
  • Yoo Yeon-seok - Park Ji-won
  • Moon Sung-keun - CEO Jin
  • Nam Ji-hyun - Yoo-kyung
  • Seo Young-hwa - Im Hyung-taek's wife
  • Im Ji-eun - Young-joo
  • Kim Young-min - Detective Jung-min
  • Woo Jung-gook - blind masseur
  • Lee Jun-hyeok - police officer who sees Hwa-yi entering the house
  • Han Sung-yong - police officer checking for drunk driving
  • Box office

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    Released on October 9, 2013, known as Hangul Day, a national holiday in South Korea, Hwayi: A Monster Boy opened strong at the box office, reaching 1.2 million admissions over its first five days. At the end of its run, it had sold a total of 2,394,418 tickets, with a gross of ₩17,695,189,795.


    Lee Jun-dong, head of Hwayi's production company Now Film, will co-produce an English-language remake with U.S.-based Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan's Labyrinth). Lee said, "We have decided to take part in the production as a collaborator in order to ensure the quality of the remake, rather than simply handing over the storyline."


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