The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: A Werewolf Boy

In A Werewolf Boy, Soon-yi is summoned back to Korea to handle some real estate that had belonged to her recently deceased mother. While there, she recalls her own experiences at the house when she was a young woman and how her family had taken in a young feral man.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

A Werewolf Boy passes the Bechdel and race test but does not pass the Russo test.

The film passes the Bechdel test because there are a couple of instances where named women talk to each other without mentioning men, and the film passes the race test because the entire cast is Asian and White people are never mentioned.

As to the Russo test, A Werewolf Boy does not pass this test because there are no LGBTI characters.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

*The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a film passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in film. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the film.

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