The first 2012 foreign film I've gotten to see, I recall this movie being followed by SciFiJapan; I for one appreciate the coverage of new and upcoming films from Asia since we don't get a lot of it otherwise. South Korean cinema has gotten to be one of my favorites, and some of their best films are in the thriller/mystery corner of film. Unfortunately, Howling fails to move the needle for me like Moss (2010), No Mercy (2010), or even something like Secret (2009). The plot is pretty straight forward, with veteran detective Kang-ho and newbie Na-young attempt to figure out the connection between a wolfdog's victims and another man they want to hunt down. But while the movie doesn't do anything wrong, it doesn't excite and feels like CSI: The Korean Movie. It falls dangerously close to dull. In spite of this criticism, it is a mediocre entry in stead of a sub-par entry, just for clarification. The score is good, it's well acted, and there were a couple of scenes that successfully invoked some emotion, but on the whole Howling is relatively forgettable. I hope that some other 2012 South Korean films like Nameless Gangster, The Thieves, etc, will be more impressive.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.