KING KOMODO RETURNS (to G-FAN)
By Todd Tennant
A brand new American Kaiju series TALES OF KING KOMODO by Mike Bogue and Todd Tennant of American Kaiju (http://americankaiju.kaijuphile.com/main.shtml) will soon be published in G-FAN magazine as a continuing feature there. TALES OF KING KOMODO won't necessarily be of an "alternative universe" nature, but rather sort of "side-stories" within the main KING KOMODO story's time-line, featuring the 3 basic stages of KK's atomic mutation.
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Released in 1976, the original Robot Taekwon V (known as Voltar the Invincible in the U.S.) was the first Korean animated feature film. In 2005, it also became the first Korean film to undergo full digital restoration – a process that took three years to complete. The newly restored film premiered at the 10th Pusan International Film Festival, and enjoyed a successful theatrical release on 170 screens in 2007.
Now, this iconic, taekwondo-kicking robot is set for the live action/CGI update. Planned to be released in 2009 (and to go head-to-head with The Transformers 2 in the Korean market), Robot Taekwon V (2009) is directed by WON Shin-yeon of Seven Days and A Bloody Aria fame. Production is handled by Shin Cine (My Sassy Girl), and the budget is estimated at 20 billion Korean Won (over 20 million USD). CGI and visual effects are done by a consortium of Korean VFX companies, including Macrograph , Mofac, Insight Visual, DTI (Digital Tetra Inc.) , and EON Digital Films.
The Japanese giant-robot anime Mazinger Z (1972) was popular in South Korea at the time of Robot Taekwon V's creation, and Kim Cheong-gi freely discusses the influence of Mazinger Z on his cartoon, saying he wanted to create a Korean hero for Korean children. In order to emphasize the Korean ties of the film, he had leading characters perform the traditional martial art, taekwondo, and gave the robot the ability to do taekwondo kicks.[ While Korea has become the global hive for animation outsourcing (Korean studios now work on most Japanese anime feature films) 1970's Korea had a very different vibe to modern day South Korea. Bitter memories of the brutal occupation of Korea by Japan were still fresh in the minds of many. Chongi Kim's Taekwon V proudly bares the helmet the legendary Korean Admiral Yi Sunsin wore in his quests to fend off Japanese annexation. In a very real sense Taekwon V is a national hero representing the fight for freedom from Japan and independence
The sequel, "Super Taekwon V", had taken designs from "Gundam" and "Xabungle".
In the original film Dr. Kaff (or Dr. Cops in Korean), an evil scientist bent on world domination, creates an army of giant robots to kidnap world-class athletes and conquer the world. To fight off this attack, Dr. Kim creates Robot Taekwon V. Kim Hoon, the taekwon-do champion eldest son of Dr Kim, pilots Robot Taekwon V either mechanically or through his physical power by merging his taekwon-do movements with the robot. Comic relief is provided by Kim Hoon's younger brother, elementary school student Kim Cheol. He has fashioned himself as "Tin-Can Robot Cheol" by cutting eyeholes in a tea kettle and wearing it on his head. Kim Hoon's girlfriend, Yoon Yeong-hee, is a pilot and taekwon-do practitioner. She can also operate Robot Taekwon V with buttons and levers, and pilots Kim Hoon in and out of the robot.
Xenosaga Episode 3 Kos-mos Version 4 Statue Description:
Forget those frosted tips and goofy highlights, what everyone needs is clear hair! This Kos-mos statue is 1:8 scale and is made of PVC. Based off the video game, Xenosaga, this statue will impress fans and collectors alike. The statue features Kos-mos standing with her trusty weapons and is clad in her powder blue outfit, that totally matches her hair.
Patlabor AV-98 Ingram 01 Movie Version Revoltech Figure Description:
Revoltech is an innovative joint system that allows figure to demonstrate many kinds of realistic poses. AV-98 Ingram 01, the mecha piloted by Izomino Akira is based on the anime film Patlabor The Movie, directed by Mamoru Oshii, with original story by Headgear. This figure stands approximately 6-inches tall and features 40 articulation points with 11 joint parts. Also comes equipped with interchangeable weapons (3 revolver cannons, 1 riot gun and 2 stun sticks), interchangeable accessories/parts (3 set of hands, 1 extra head, 1 extra antenna and 1 display base).
The first manned flight to Venus is struck by a meteor on its return and is forced to crash in the Mediterranean Sea. The crew’s only survivor, Col. Calder, is quickly taken to Sicily while a young boy named Pepe makes an interesting discovery among the crashed ships washed up debris. Little Pepe doesn’t realize that the metal canister he holds in his hands contains an unborn creature from the planet Venus. Dr. Leonardo, a local zoologist, examines the discovery a finds it interesting enough to purchase it from the youngster. As soon as it is returned to the lab the egg hatches and the young Ymir begins growing at an amazing rate. The creature soon outgrows the confines of the lab and escapes into the countryside. Col. Calder and Major General A.D. Macintosh from the Pentagon soon come looking for the canister and its cargo only to learn that they are too late. The young Ymir however leaves a trail of accidental death and destruction for the two to follow and is soon discovered hiding in a nearby cave. The military uses bags of sulfur, the creatures only known source of food, to lure the now giant Ymir out for capture. The monster is flown to Rome where it is kept at bay by large doses of electricity. A malfunction in one of the generators causes the creature to awaken and make another escape into the streets of the Italian capitol. The confused Venusian soon becomes cornered atop the famed Roman Colosseum. A barrage of military firepower brings both the wall of the great landmark and its alien occupant crashing to the ground ending the life of Earth’s first alien visitor.
While the Japanese studios were cranking out giant dinosaur movies in the 1950's, American movie makers were playing with the idea of what would happen if the bugs stepped on us for a change. The first, and best, of these films was the 1954 classic Them. None of the other films made directly after captured the honesty of what was attempted in this film. The film makers took the idea seriously and it showed in the final product. The script was well written and quality actors were chosen to play key parts. James Whitmore, James Arnes, and young Sandy Descher all put forth memorable performances. The film really does an excellent job of portraying just how people thought and acted in that time period. Most notable was the style of clothes used in the film. Men and women in the blazing desert dressed in suites, ties, dresses, and heels. Also humorous is the fact that no matter how hard a wind gust a hat never left the head of lady or gent. Also, it never is questioned how a FBI agent and a Highway Patrolman would know how to use a bazooka and a flame thrower. It would also seem odd that the same two would be included in military operations to kill off the giant ants. These things wouldn't have seemed far fetched to the naive public of the 1950's. Yet the film still does stand up today. I found that the use of radio controlled "life size' monster ants worked well and that as a whole the special effects were top notch. Them is the best of the giant insect movies.
Once again nuclear tests would bring about giant mutations. This time turning the smallest of creatures, ants, into huge killing monsters. People in the remote New Mexico desert begin to disappear. A young girl is found wandering in total shock a few miles from where family's camper was destroyed. Two Patrol Officers with the aide of a FBI agent begin to look into the deaths and destruction. Casts of strange tracks are sent to Washington DC for analysis. Two entomologists, Pat and Howard Medford, arrive to see if their fears are correct. It's not long before those fears are proven facts. The ants have mutated to monstrous size. Their nest must be located and destroyed before Queen Ants can hatch and begin new ant colonies. Is there enough time to save mankind?
8. The Host - The Host (2006)
Gang-du (SONG Kang-ho) works at a food-stand on the banks of the Han River. Dozing on the job, he is awakened by his daughter, Hyun-seo ( KO A-sung), who is angry with him for missing a teacher-parent meeting at school. As Gang-du walks out to the riverbank with a delivery, he notices that a large crowd of people has gathered, taking pictures and talking about something hanging from the Han River Bridge. The otherwise idyllic landscape turns suddenly to bedlam when a terrifying creature climbs up onto the riverbank and begins to crush and eat people. Gang-du and his daughter run for their lives but suddenly the thing grabs Hyun-seo and disappears back into the river. The government announces that the thing apparently is the Host of an unidentified virus. Having feared the worst, Gang-du receives a phone call from his daughter who is frightened, but very much alive. Gang-du makes plans to infiltrate the forbidden zone near the Han River to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the horrifying Host…
7. Gorgo - Gorgo (1962)
It would seem that the British felt left out on the giant monster movie trend of the 1950's. The international success of the Japanese monster epic Godzilla (Gojira) would inspire many clones across the globe. Gorgo would end up to be one of the better ones. The film makers would take the standard theme of a monster being taken from it's natural habitat and being brought to civilization and add a twist. Just like in the classic King Kong greedy circus owners parade the monster in front of the masses to the sounds of cash register rings. The only thing they don't realize is that their monster is not an adult of the species. The toddlers mother is much larger and on the war path.
As in almost every film of this type the mother Gorgo reaches London and manages to locate every important landmark in the city and reduce it to a pile of ruble. Weapons are no match for the creature. Again something borrowed from Godzilla. So her destruction goes on until her infant is located. Once she has what she wants the carnage stops and the two return to the see with mankind hopefully learning it's lesson.
The scenes of monster vs man in the streets of London are nothing that you haven't seen before, although the special effects for the shots are quite good. The scenes do however add an average tone to what would seem to be an above average monster film with a more heart felt storyline.
The film has some pretty strong historical value. It would inspire more than a handful of clones of it's own. The two most notable are Gappa (Monster From A Prehistoric Planet) and Steven Spielberg's cash cow The Lost World.
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The first installment of the four part manga, entitled "Cloverfield: Kishin," went live on January 11th, however, the next chapter of the story won't be online until sometime in February. Although the first part of the story, doesn't reveal the monster, (his eyes can be seen underwater in the last panel), it does weave a connection between a young boy named Kinshin, The Tagruato Corporation, and the monster. One can only speculate that it is these events that lead to the destruction of the Chuai Station Oil Rig off the Coast of Connecticut, and the monster's eventual rampage in New York City.
Although, "Cloverfield: Kishin" is written entirely in Japanese, an English translation by Audrey Shiomi and Justin Clemons, was recently published by Comic Book Resources.
The comic opens with the phrase "What was the reason I was born?" The story begins with young Kinshin Aiba being beaten badly by a couple of bullies in a public restroom. Both attackers are very paranoid about the youth and don't want to be touched by him, fearing that they will become sick. A young girl tries to come to his rescue, but she is ignored by the bullies.
The story then moves to a Tagruato ship which seems to be towing something large behind it. One of the crew members is bragging to a shipmate about his pregnant wife, showing him her photo on his cell phone. The young man expresses his eagerness to finish the voyage so that he can return home to her.
When we return to Kinshin, he has been locked in some sort of closet. He pulls a out a picture of his mother, who we learn from a flashback, is now deceased. The mother was considered by many to be strange and different. She didn't seem to care how others felt about her, as long as Kinshin still believed in her. The memory causes the youth to begin to act out in anger. He begins to wish that he too, had perished along with his mother.
As Kinshin's emotional torment continues, something begins to rise from the deep. It seems that the Tagruato ship is towing a very large creature behind it under a tarp, and that creature has now come to life. Is it possible that there is some sort of connection between the monster and the tormented youth Kinshin Aiba?
The original manga can be found on Kadokawa web site - CLICK HERE
I think that it is important to point out that Kadokawa Pictures (Formally Daiei Motion Pictures) is the studio that produced the Gamera film series, along with Daimajin trilogy. Interesting that Abrams would choose Kadowkowa to produce this manga. Also interesting is the fact that Gamera was often portrayed as the protector of children, and in some films even had a psychic link to young individuals. Is the cloverfield monster Gamera? (My wife seems to think so.) Probably not, but it is another example of how Abrams was strongly influenced by Japanese kaiju films.
See Also: American News Coverage Of The Cloverfield Monsters First Attack / The Cloverfield Monster Finally Revealed? /Can Cloverfield Promote Healing In A Post 911 America? / Cloverfield - Exclusive Sneak Preview / Cloverfield Gets A PG-13 Rating/Photo On Ebay / The First Look At The Cloverfield Monster / New Cloverfield Trailer /
Mospeada Legioss AFC-01H Blue Action Figure Description:
Classic mecha action! From the classic anime mecha series, Genesis Climber Mospeada, comes this AFC-01H Blue Legioss action figure. The Legioss can be transformed into three different battle formations, the Armo-Fighter, the Armo-Diver and the Armo-Soldier. The figure features paint schemes and decoration authentic to the original series.
Originally Genesis Climber Mospeada was a separate series consisting of 25 episodes. Most of its animation (with edited content and revised dialogue) was adapted for Robotech: The New Generation, the third saga of the Robotech series.
See Also: Kikô sôseiki Mospeada (1983-84)(TV) (Robotech 3rd Gen)
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Voted most popular! From the Japanese ren'ai (dating simulation) game and anime To Heart 2, comes the lovely Tamaki Kousaka in a frilled bikini. Made of PVC plastic, this 1:7 scale statue measures 4-inches tall and features the most popular To Heart girl lounging in a come-on seated position. This very sexy lady includes a cool, reversible display base: one side is a beach scene and the other is mirrored!
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Do ya think those legs could be any longer? And who doesn't love a bunny? This fascinating Bunny Girl Ridia Statue from Inabaya stands 8-inches tall and features real fishnet stockings! She comes all dolled up in a very sexy cross between a cocktail dress, magician assistant's outfit, and schoolgirl uniform that (thankfully) appears to be a couple of sizes too small. Ridia also includes 2 sets of bunny ears (to suit her changing moods) and a display base. Hop to it! Acquire this lovely lady before someone else gets there first.
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From writers/directors/producers Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking "The Matrix" trilogy, and producer Joel Silver comes the live-action, high-octane film "Speed Racer," which follows the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory in his thunderous Mach 5. "Speed Racer" marks the Wachowski brothers' first writing/directing collaboration since "The Matrix" movies. Joel Silver, who previously worked with the Wachowskis on "The Matrix" movies and "V For Vendetta," is producing the film under his Silver Pictures banner. Larry and Andy Wachowski and Grant Hill are also producing, with David Lane Seltzer and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. "Speed Racer" stars Emile Hirsch as Speed, Christina Ricci as Speed's girlfriend Trixie, Matthew Fox as the mysteriously masked Racer X, and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking") and John Goodman as Mom and Pops Racer. Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action "Speed Racer" will showcase the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowski brothers' films. "Speed Racer" is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures Production.
The North American International Auto Show (previously called the Detroit Auto Show and often abbreviated NAIAS) is an annual automobile show (or auto show) that occurs every year in Detroit, Michigan.
The show begins with press preview days, industry preview days and a charity preview event. The charity preview raises money for local children's charities. In 2004 and 2005, the charity preview attracted 17,500 people at $400 a ticket and raised $7 million in total. 2006 was the sixth consecutive year the charity preview event raised over $6 million. 35,711 tickets were sold for the industry preview representing people from 24 countries in 2005 and 6,897 credentialed press from 63 countries. Over 800,000 attended during the days the show was open to the general public in 2004. It is estimated that the show provides over $500 million to the local economy.
The NAIAS was long the only auto show in the United States sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, however since 2006 the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show was recognized and, starting in 2007, the Chicago Auto Show was as well.
Speed Racer is the title of an English adaptation of the Japanese anime Mach GoGoGo, which centered on automobile racing. The series is an early example of an anime becoming a successful franchise in the United States.
The English rights to Mach GoGoGo were acquired by American syndicator Trans-Lux. The main character Go Mifune was given the name "Speed Racer" in the English version. A major editing and dubbing effort was undertaken by producer Peter Fernandez, who also voiced many of the characters, most notably Racer X and Speed Racer himself. Fernandez was also responsible for a retooling of the theme song's melody and its subsequent English lyrics, provided by Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. When the series emerged before U.S. TV audiences as Speed Racer, fans were quickly drawn to its sophisticated plots involving fiendish conspiracies, violent action, hard-driving racing, and soulful characters with sparkling eyes. In an effort to squeeze the complicated plotlines into existing lip movements, the frenetic pace of the dubbing made Speed Racer famous for its quirky "fast" dialogue.
The Mach 5 is a technological marvel containing useful pieces of equipment. These gadgets were easily deployed by pressing buttons marked 'A' through 'G' on the steering wheel hub. There was another button, marked 'H', mounted in the console.
The buttons had the following functions:
Button A (Auto Jacks): “Releases powerful jacks to boost the car so anyone can quickly make any necessary repairs or adjustments.” Although not designed for this function, the auto jacks can also be used to “jump” the car short distances at high speeds. The "chyock chyock" sound effect played whenever the car jumped through the air is instantly recognizable to the show's fans.
Button B (Belt Tires): Toggles special grip tires for traction over rough terrain (firm, icy, or unsteady ground, ocean floor, vertical mountainsides). At the same time, 5,000 horsepower is distributed equally to each wheel by auxiliary engines.
Button C (Cutters): For use traveling over heavily wooded terrain. A matched pair of powerful rotary saws protrude from the front of the Mach 5 to cut away many obstacles.
Button D (Deflector): Releases a powerful transparent cover which seals the cockpit into an air-tight chamber. The cover is bullet- and crash-proof. The cockpit becomes a water-tight chamber which then allows the car to be completely submerged under water.
Button E * ("Evening Eye"): Controls special illumination lights "which can be controlled singularly or in tandem", allowing the driver to see more clearly than with ordinary headlights. When used with the “night shades” attached to Speed’s helmet, his vision is enhanced with infrared light. The original Japanese version strictly translates this as "illuminating eyes".
Button E was later modified to activate mini-wings that would slide out from under the car to assist Speed in long jumps.
Button F (Frogger mode): Used when the Mach 5 is submerged. An oxygen canister supplies the cockpit with breathable air. A periscope can then be raised to scan the surface of the water. Everything viewed is relayed to a video screen inside the Mach 5's cockpit. The 100-pound auxiliary supply of oxygen is enough to last for thirty minutes.
Button G (Gizmo Rocket): Releases a flying, gull-shaped "homing robot" from under the hood of the car.
Button H (Home): Mounted in the center console with the rest of the controls for the homing robot, this button sends the homing robot back to the Racer house.
Extra Button: Pops, in one episode, put an extra button in the car that makes it glide short distances.
See Also: 2008 Sneak Preview - Speed Racer
We are talking about J.J. Abram's monster movie called "Cloverfield" right?
You may have thought so from that description and the above photo, but what we really talking about is Asylum Pictures direct to DVD release "Monster", which will hit store shelves next week.
"Monster" is an obvious "Cloverfield" clone produced by a studio, who is notorious for creating such mirror films of Hollywood blockbusters.
Hold on a second though, "Monster" looks as if it has all the makings of a decent giant monster movie. Check out this trailer and judge for yourself: Monster Trailer
Two American sisters; Sarah and Erin (Sarah Lieving & Erin Sullivan), are preparing for a trip to Japan to make a documentary on climate change. They fly to Japan to interview the Minster of the Environment, who assures the two women that, despite global climate problems, progress is being made and the public shouldn't worry about any "catastrophes." On cue, a large earthquake strikes. Through Sarah's camera, we see, in the distance, a large SOMETHING emerging from beneath the ground.
Sarah and Erin are rushed into the basement shelter by the building's security. In the confusion and panic, they escape the shelter and run into the street where they witness the attack of a massive creature that emerges from underground. The girls decide to try to get to the US Embassy to plan their escape. READ MORE
The fine folks over at The Asylum were cool enough to send us a batch of photos from the movie.
See Also: Monster (2008)
Bandai Entertainment Inc. would like to apologize to its customer base – despite the approval of perfect check discs, the error was made at the manufacturing level and product shipped to stores before the error was discovered.
As a result, the titles are being recalled from stores to be replenished with newly replicated DVDs and an exchange program has been instituted for customers who are experiencing difficulties with items already purchased.
A special link on the www.bandai-ent.com site will be active beginning 1/17/08. Customers who purchased the above mentioned titles and are experiencing difficulties should click on the link and follow instructions for the replacement program. This link is only for replacement discs of the above listed titles.
1. This is indeed the Cloverfield monster. Many sites are reporting this as fact, although there has been no official announcement either confirming or denying the photos authenticity. If this is the monster, then it is a case of "Godzilla 98" all over again. Many fans will remember when Zilla's secret new look was revealed before the movie premiered by over zealous toy store owners who put the action figures of the monster out before they were supposed to. I give this one about a 10% chance of being true.
2. This is a prototype for the monster design that was rejected. Many sites are reporting that it is an early design concept that got the boot. Also along with these posts are news that the design may make it into a video game that will be produced at a later date. Again there are no confirmations on any of that info. Maybe, I give this one a 15% chance.
3. This is a toy from the Cloverfield line of action figures, but its not the monster from the film. Okay, why would they make action figures for monsters not in the film? Sounds kinda weird, so its gotta be true. 90% chance.....okay 5%.
4. This photo has nothing to do with Cloverfield, and it is another of a long line of fakes that have surfaced since last July. Probably, even though the image does kinda look like what we see in the trailer, it probably isn't the real deal. Then again, the monster in the clip looks like it has a tail, so if it is, then the tail musta fallen off before this pick was taken. 75% chance here. I would say higher, but who the hell knows? Right!
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Is a back story starting to take shape?
Through Paramount's viral marketing campaign, a few facts about the movies back story have come to light. First, many fans have pondered how the fictitious company called "Slusho" will figure into the film. Well, it was revealed this past week that "Slusho" is the company that the film's main character, Rob, works for. It seems that the party seen in the trailer is a going away party for him, because he is being transferred to the companies office in Japan.
Secondly, it would seem that the monster had been doing a little dirty work before he got to the Big Apple. Three fictitious foreign news reports have been posted showing the destruction of an oil rig in the Atlantic ocean. The monster's roar can clearly be heard, and after the rig sinks, pieces of debris are thrown out of the ocean. The Cloverfield monster sure likes to throw stuff. I know one thing from being a parent, our mysterious monster friend is going through the "terrible twos". Here is an example of one of the reports:
Thank God, there are only ten more days til this one comes out!
P.S. - Keep yours ears open for special "Free" sneak preview screeings of Cloverfield in your area on January 15th!
See also: Can Cloverfield Promote Healing In A Post 911 America? / Cloverfield - Exclusive Sneak Preview / Cloverfield Gets A PG-13 Rating/Photo On Ebay / The First Look At The Cloverfield Monster / New Cloverfield Trailer /
Sarah and Erin are rushed into the basement shelter by the building's security. In the confusion and panic, they escape the shelter and run into the street where they witness the attack of a massive creature that emerges from underground. The girls decide to try to get to the US Embassy to plan their escape.
They outrun flying chunks of debris and hide among the ruins of a demolished building. The creature passes by and they see it clearly for the first time: It is over 200-feet long and covered with enormous tentacles.
The girls meet a small group of survivors hiding in the rubble. Speaking broken English, the survivors reveal that the US Embassy has been destroyed.
Sarah convinces Erin they need to find somewhere else to hide, but the other survivors are too afraid to move. Alone, the girls run into the street. They observe the death and destruction surrounding them. Most of Tokyo has been destroyed. As they walk through the rubble, fighter jets fly past and fire on the creature. The battle between the creature and the jets is seen in quick glimpses through the video camera. There is an explosion and the girls are separated in the confusion. During the melee the video camera is turned off.
It is revealed that the tapes were found in the wreckage and that the fate of the sisters is unknown.
A newscast reports a massive earthquake in Tokyo, which has killed thousands. There is no mention of a creature at all.
On January 15, 2008 the truth will finally be told.
After a massive earthquake in Tokyo, two American filmmakers document their experience as they attempt to escape from the decimated city.
For the first time, this film will present the heroic sisters’ raw footage, which finally reveals the true cause of the destruction.
Was the original footage lost… or was it suppressed?
Watch the trailer for an advance look at this amazing visual document.
Then you decide.
The Global Asylum
Writers:Erik Estenberg & David Michael Latt
See Also: New Photos From Monster (2008)
Source: Avery Guerra
It would seem that the giant monster genre is very much alive and well in Korea. Hot on the heels of the latest news that both, "The Host 2" and "D-War 2", have begun production, comes news of yet another Korean monster movie project.
Doosabu Film and Polygon Entertainment have begun pre-production on this new monster film, possibly called "Sector 7", which will be shot later this year. The movie is reportedly about the crew of an oil rig battling a deep sea monster. As of yet no director or cast have been announced.
The two film companies are also working on a disater movie called, "Haeundae," which will be directed by Doosabu head Yoon Je-gyun. It is billed as South Korea’s first disaster movie and centers on a tsunami that wipes out South Korea’s most famous beach, Haeundae, in Busan City. Actress Ha Ji-won has reportedly been cast in the lead role. This film will also begin shooting this year.
Robo Japan will post more info on these two projects in the near future.
Sequels to the latest Korean monster films, The Host and D-War (Dragon Wars), have been pegged for release in 2009.
The follow-up to the award winning monster movie, "The Host", will actually be a prequel. Though original director Bong Joon-Ho is not returning to the director’s chair for this one a follow up to hit Korean monster flick The Host was announced back in June and fresh details have just surfaced.
The script is being handled by Korean comic artist Kang Full and is set three years prior to the events of the original film. Details are scarce so far but word is this one revolves around the excavation of the Cheonggye Stream - an ancient waterway running through Seoul that was recently reclaimed and restored after years of being covered by a highway - and will feature multiple monsters. Shooting is slated for later this year.
Likewise, a sequel to the monster movie 'D-War' appears to be in the works sooner than expected.
During a news conference at the Korean Cultural Center in New York last September, comedian-turned-film director Shim Hyung-rae said he has received a proposal to shoot a sequel very soon, targeting a summer 2009 release date.
"Some major companies have seen how Dragon Wars has performed at box office and approached me about making a sequel", Shim said. "I am considering making Dragon Wars 2 and competing with real Hollywood blockbusters in 2009 summer, fair and square".
Dragon Wars is a story of a couple's fight against the Imoogi, Korean mythological creatures. Young Ethan Kendrick (Cody Arens) meets Jack, an antique dealer (Robert Forster) who claims that Ethan is the reincarnation of ancient warrior apprentice Haram who saved his lover Narin from Buraki, an evil Imoogi.
Both, The Host and D-War, made huge amounts of money in their native Korea, but failed to generate much interest at the American box office. It will be interesting to see what kind of plan, Shim Hyung-rae will be able to come up with to compete with strong American summer movie muscle.
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