Only Kwak Kyung Taek, the mastermind behind 2007's hit A Love
and all-time classic Friends
(2001), had the vision to see Jung Woo Sung (Daisy
, A Moment To Remember
), one of Korea's best-looking sex symbols, as the titular role in Mutt Boy
. No longer just a pretty face, Jung comes out with a grungy hairdo and ragged jogging suit, mumbling an almost incomprehensible dialect and displaying peculiar body language that resembles that of - a mutt dog! Scratching his head and sniffing out the air here and there, Jung nails his role in Mutt Boy
. Shot in the small town of Milyang, now made famous by Secret Sunshine
, Mutt Boy
is a coming-of-age drama that takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride full of growing pains and precious lessons that can never be taught through textbook. Always the immaculate chameleon, veteran actor Kim Gap Su (A Tale of Two Sisters
) adds much weight to the scenes with his heart-wrenching performance as the Mutt Boy
's tough but forgiving father.
There's something different about Chul Min (Jung Woo Sung), or rather "Mutt Boy" as everyone calls him. Not that he is a complete dimwit, but Chul Min is certainly missing a screw or two in his head. Losing his mother at an early age, he lives with his father (Kim Gap Su), the town's police chief. Life is stress-free for Chul Min except for the occasional argument with his father on trivial matters like who gets the last fried egg. One day, his father brings home a troubled orphan girl named Jung Ae (Uhm Ji Won, Traces of Love) whom Chul Min befriends. Seeing his son in constant companion with a bunch of losers, his father urges Chul Min to do something with his life. And one day, Chul Min gets the chance to act on something that will eventually transform his whole life.