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K-Drama First Look: Prince of Wolf

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The Taiwanese drama Prince of Wolf asks the question: can a modern-day Tarzan type character return to the human world once he’s been taken in by wild wolves? In a beautifully cinematic and intense opening, we are introduced to Du Ze Ming, played by Derek Chang, who is young in the beginning. In 1991, he was lost while on vacation with his family.

It’s easy to see that a lot of time, money and care went into the creation of this drama as the forest in the opening scenes looks lush, as the younger version of Ming looks for his family. Even the wolves are beautiful. But not all of it’s beautiful as we are reminded that he is in the wild and at first the wolves want to hurt him, possibly thinking that he is a threat to them.

Ming is chased by the wolves and comes across another wolf that is trapped in a rope and is hurt. He frees them and it becomes apparent to the wolf pack leader that the boy is indeed kind. In a beautiful scene by scene moment with snow falling, both the wolf and the boy find themselves coming closer to one another. At one point, young Ming collapses from the cold and the wolf he saved saves him. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that the two will become good friends.

What’s nice about the drama is that it doesn’t just throw the parents and family members aside as some underdeveloped characters. There is a legitimate searching going on for the little boy. You feel a sense of pain and a sense of sadness from their loss. But more so heartfelt is the beginning moments where the young version of Ming is left coming to terms with his new life. He cried into the fur of his wolf friend.

But those who aren’t a fan of super long and sad introductions, need not worry because the cinematography is good at taking the allotted time (around 17 minutes of it’s one hour runtime) to get through Ming’s childhood.

And what comes up afterward is a really, really, really hot Ming.

His hair is unruly, but still so sexy. His clothes are (surprisingly) clean and yes there are many shirtless scenes. One in-particular that was rather nice to linger on was when he dove into the crystal clear water high above a waterfall.

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But what makes Prince of Wolf very interesting is that early on there is tension that’s added to the story beyond the Tarzan and Jane connection. Ming’s character is plagued by nightmares that reveal his Second Uncle may have purposely left him in the forest.

You will have to be patient with the series, especially at the beginning, because it does take a while to get started. At first we get a lot about Ming and then comes Mi Mi, who’s played by Amber An. She’s an amateur photographer who goes to Ming and the wolf pack’s stomping grounds, Wolf Mountain, in order to take some pics. I mean, why wouldn’t you if you saw that beautiful landscape? We all know how the story will go but it’s still entertaining to see it unravel.

Girl goes to mountain.

Girl gets in trouble.

Wolf boy saves girl.

Wolf boy believes that girl is his wolf mate.

Admittedly, the drama takes a slightly surprising turn as Ming decides to go back to civilization after spending so many years in the wild. One might have thought that he would have stayed longer or that part of her returning to Wolf Mountain would be used as a way to create plot tension and to create them as yet another Romeo and Juliet pairing. But the decision to push the story forward through this manner does make sense and keeps it from lagging on too long.

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All in all, Prince of Wolf is a perfect entry for those who like romance, amazing landscapes (and characters), and story that isn’t shy about giving their characters time to develop. And while it has some rather heavy moments, it eventually parts the clouds of its painful beginning to present some really funny moments, especially when Ming and Mi Mi meet.

Check out the trailer below!