If you’ve been following Asian movies for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard of the South Korean creature sci-fi movie “D-War” (“Dragon War”), the brainchild of Hyung-rae Shim (“Yonggary”), who has been working on the film since I was learning to walk. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that far back, but it was pretty far back. Needless to say, it’s taken “D-War” a long time to finally see the light of day. Now Variety claims (and I stress “claims”, this being “D-War” and all), that Korean dragons and snakes will finally invade Los Angeles (and American theaters) when the film is released in August through Freestyle Releasing.
Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown Los Angeles. Company is said to be aiming for a 1500-screen release.
Budget for the feature, which was entirely financed in Korea, has been pegged at $70 million. However after subtracting start-up technology costs for local effects house Younggu Art, Showbox is currently listing the budget at $32 million before p&a costs.
The numbers seem to be getting fudged now, but that’s for the accountants to worry about. I’ve been wanting to see this thing ever since I heard about it, saw images from it, and there were even trailers of it floating around (see below). Then again, the trailers don’t really look that good…
Will “D-War” finally see the light of day? And will it turn out to be anything less than expensive CGI crap? Time, and August will tell…
Two videos from the movie. They’re kind of like trailers, but they’re really more like random footage of CGI creatures attacking stuff:
Images from the movie: