Howling (2012 film)

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Film poster
Revised RomanizationHaulling
Directed byYoo Ha
Produced byLee Tae-hun
Written byYoo Ha
Based onThe Hunter
by Asa Nonami
StarringSong Kang-ho
Lee Na-young
Music byKim Jun-seok
CinematographyGong Pyeong-jae
Edited byPark Gok-ji
Opus Pictures
Film Poeta
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
United Pictures
Release date
  • February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)
Running time
114 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩7.0 billion
Box office₩11,765,039,500

Howling (Hangul하울링; RRHaulling; MRHaŏulring) 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.[2] 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.[3]


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.[4][5][6][7]



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  8. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 January 2012). "Song reprises detective role in Howling". The Korea Times.
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  11. ^ Lee, Claire (8 February 2012). "Howling: Portrait of the minority". The Korea Herald.
  12. ^ "Lee Na-young Faces Tough Challenge on New Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 February 2012.
  13. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (22 February 2012). "Lee Na-young unfazed by questions about age, marriage prospects". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013.

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