Howling (2012 film)
|Directed by||Yoo Ha|
|Produced by||Lee Tae-hun|
|Written by||Yoo Ha|
|Based on||The Hunter
by Asa Nonami
|Music by||Kim Jun-seok|
|Edited by||Park Gok-ji|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment
Howling (Hangul: 하울링; RR: Haulling; MR: Haŏulring) is a 2012 South Korean film written and directed by Yoo Ha based on the 1996 novel The Hunter (凍える牙 lit. "Freezing Fang") by Japanese writer Asa Nonami. The plot follows two detectives, a veteran male cop (Song Kang-ho) and female rookie (Lee Na-young), who discover that the serial killer they are after is not human, but instead a dog.
Mapo district, Seoul. Middle-aged police detective Jo Sang-gil (Song Kang-ho), a single father with a young son and daughter, is assigned the seemingly straightforward case of a man, Oh Gyeong-il, who set fire to himself inside a car. Chafing at his lack of promotion after so long on the police force, but under pressure from his boss-cum-friend (Shin Jung-geun), he also grudgingly agrees to work with rookie detective Cha Eun-young (Lee Na-young), a 30-year-old divorcee who has just been transferred from motorcycle patrol duty. The dead man, who had drugs in his system, has a large dog-bite on his thigh but no fingerprints. The police discover the immolation was not suicide but was triggered by a timer in the victim's trouser belt. Sang-gil traces the sex club the victim had visited but bawls out Eun-young when she makes an amateurish error during a fight. Against protocol, Sang-gil omits to file reports on the progress of the case, as he wants to earn all the kudos himself and thereby a promotion. His boss finds out, just as a second victim, Nam Sang-hun, is found bitten to death by a large dog or wolf. After talking to dog-trainers, the police learn the man they need to see is Min Tae-shik, a retired police dog trainer who lives with his drug addict daughter; during a raid on his house, Min escapes and a wolf-dog subsequently kills a woman in the backstreets. Eun-young starts questioning police-dog trainers, as well as investigating those missing or dead, and comes up with the name of Kang Myung-ho, who supposedly committed suicide a while ago. She sets off to investigate on her own.
- Song Kang-ho ... Detective Jo Sang-gil
- Lee Na-young ... Detective Cha Eun-young
- Shin Jung-geun ... Chief detective Seo
- Lee Sung-min ... Detective Young-cheol
- Im Hyeon-seong .... Detective
- Jeong Jin ... Detective
- Jo Young-jin ... Jung-ah's father
- Nam Bo-ra ... Jung-ah
- Kwon Tae-won ... Choi, the racketeer
- Lee Min-ho ... Sang-gil's son
- Jung In-gi ... Coroner
- Jang In-ho
- Kim Gyeong-ryong
- Kim Dong-yoon ... Gangster 1
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