D-WAR Finally Gets US Release

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Postby Pkmatrix » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:18 am

Wow! O_O I can't wait to see this! It looks like it'll be fun. Not GOOD, mind you, but a big fun stupid action movie. Come on, everybody likes to indulge themselves with mindless action every so often, right? With its effects and the sheer coolness of the idea (Dragons v. US Army in LA sounds like a winner to me), I'll expect it to do... okay. It's not going to tank, but I doubt it'll be a runaway hit. It'll probably do about as well as every other B-level action movie, meaning it'll do well enough to make back its budget and maybe JUST BARELY enough to warrant a sequel, but nowhere near a hit.

I could be wrong though. If they do this right, enough one-liners and awesome destruction/fight scenes, it might make get a following. ^_^
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:46 pm

Pkmatrix wrote:Wow! O_O I can't wait to see this! It looks like it'll be fun. Not GOOD, mind you, but a big fun stupid action movie. Come on, everybody likes to indulge themselves with mindless action every so often, right? With its effects and the sheer coolness of the idea (Dragons v. US Army in LA sounds like a winner to me), I'll expect it to do... okay. It's not going to tank, but I doubt it'll be a runaway hit. It'll probably do about as well as every other B-level action movie, meaning it'll do well enough to make back its budget and maybe JUST BARELY enough to warrant a sequel, but nowhere near a hit.

I could be wrong though. If they do this right, enough one-liners and awesome destruction/fight scenes, it might make get a following. ^_^


I am hoping that it will do well for one big reason, and that reason is:

Godzilla, if this film has a successful theatrical release then that might get Toho's attention. Make them realize that their is a profit to be made for Kaiju movies in the U.S. With the right marketing and release.

So if D-Wars does good, maybe then we will see more Godzilla movies in theaters in the future.
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Postby TheFoywonder » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:14 pm

I actually find myself feeling a little sorry for D-WAR. Here's this giant monster movie that's been in production for years, that's been the subject of everything from anticipation to ridicule, that many (including myself) have wondered if it would ever actually see the light of day, and now here it is finally getting a major release yet it's already been completely overshadowed by the trailer and viral marketing mystery for a certain JJ Abrams-produced giant monster movie.
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Postby emeGoji » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:36 pm

It's kinda surreal to be so close to finally seeing this film. I remember obsessing over the D-War website when it first went online four years ago before heading out to my first class in college. And here we are...D-Wars is finally coming out...and I'll be going back to college next month after a two year hiatus. Hell, if Younggu-Art can finish and release D-War, I should be able to graduate college right? :lol: :(

TheFoywonder wrote:I actually find myself feeling a little sorry for D-WAR. Here's this giant monster movie that's been in production for years, that's been the subject of everything from anticipation to ridicule, that many (including myself) have wondered if it would ever actually see the light of day, and now here it is finally getting a major release yet it's already been completely overshadowed by the trailer and viral marketing mystery for a certain JJ Abrams-produced giant monster movie.


...which will no doubt be better.

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Postby cinefringe » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:25 pm

Moonlight SY-3 :

On the press Q&A session on July 23(on which the Korean press screening of D-WAR was held), Hyung-rae Shim said that he is planning to release the film in Japan in winter. He also said that he is aiming for around 500 screens across Japan.

Showbox confirmed that D-WAR is scheduled to be released in three countries this year : South Korea, United States and Japan.

Sources (all in Korean)
- Extreme Movie (SFJ has this link, too)
http://www.extmovie.com/3065

- Money Today Star News
http://star.moneytoday.co.kr/view/star_view.php?type=1&gisano=2007072709190004466


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Postby kpa » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:27 pm

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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:47 pm

kpa wrote:News on the opening day in Korea: http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2007 ... for-d-war/


It will be interesting to see how it does opening weekend here in the states, compared to Korea.
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Postby gfan1984 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:08 pm

Here's a compilation trailer with some scenes of D-War. I'm actually excited to see it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKKbDNAKpIg
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Postby Baradagi » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:29 pm

HK and CULT FILM NEWS has a report from Variety on the surprising strong debut of D-Wars at the Korean Box Office.

http://hkfilmnews.blogspot.com/2007/08/d-wars-makes-ton-of-money-yes-thats.html


IMDB's Studio Briefing section had an article yesterday about the film-

D-War, a sci-fi/special effects thriller about a giant snake that attacks Los Angeles, grossed $20.3 million in its first five days at South Korean theaters, according its its distributor, Showbox. The English-language movie from comedian-turned-director Shim Hyung-Rae, defied early critical reviews and came close to setting a new box-office record in South Korea. Nevertheless, it's reportedly the most costly film ever made in that country, with some estimates coming in at at over $150 million. (A new, state-of-the-art effects studio was created for the production a la Peter Jackson's WETA in New Zealand.) The film is due to be released in the U.S. on September 14 under the title Dragon Wars.


http://imdb.com/news/sb/2007-08-07
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Postby Morty » Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:26 pm

I found a new Korean trailer and I must say the action is really fantastic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfRb8LagLuQ

I have a few questions about this:

1) What was the production budget really/official? I heard 30, 33, 70, 75 and even 145 Mio. US dollar. What is real?

2) Are all the visual effects from the Korean studio Younggu Art Entertainment? If they really are, than they are groundbreaking in Korean cinema.

The trailer above is simply great.
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Postby kpa » Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:09 pm

Morty wrote:I found a new Korean trailer and I must say the action is really fantastic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfRb8LagLuQ

I have a few questions about this:

1) What was the production budget really/official? I heard 30, 33, 70, 75 and even 145 Mio. US dollar. What is real?


According to Younggu Art, Showbox, and the Korean press the production budget for D-WAR was 30 billion Korean won (approximately $32.3 million US). I would imagine any numbers in $30-35 mil range could be explained by fluctuations in the value of the US dollar and/or rounding off the budget numbers.

The higher 70 billion won ($75.4 million) price includes both the cost of the film and the money put into creating Younggu Art's new fx studio. Imdb compared it to what Peter Jackson did with WETA, and I would imagine the budget for one of Jackson's films would go up tremendously if you factored in the startup for WETA.

The $145 million was mentioned in some early news reports but I have no idea where that started. The average film in South Korean costs well under 10 billion won ($10.9 million). so I can't imagine a Korean studio spending 15 times that amount and hoping to stay in business.

2) Are all the visual effects from the Korean studio Younggu Art Entertainment? If they really are, than they are groundbreaking in Korean cinema.


Yes, the fx were done by Younggu Art's new studio. Here is what I wrote for the AFM report on SciFi Japan last year:

[i]The story of DRAGON WARS would require more than an hour of computer generated images, including characters and sequences that would be completely CG. Shim realized that the visuals needed to be far superior to what he had done for YONGGARY. “When we started [YONGGARY] we didn’t even have a computer, “Shim told Inside JoongAng Daily. “We knew how to do special effects in theory, but not in practice. There was no one to ask about special effects in Korea.â€
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:17 pm

On a little side note.....D-War is now on it's second week at the number 1 spot at the South Korean box office.
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:56 pm

Flame of Udin wrote:On a little side note.....D-War is now on it's second week at the number 1 spot at the South Korean box office.


But what is playing alongside it? does it even have any decent competition over there? lol
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Postby Morty » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:21 pm

Yes, the 11 Mio. dollar blockbuster "May 18" from South Korea, for example:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/korea ... =31&p=.htm
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:41 pm

Morty wrote:Yes, the 11 Mio. dollar blockbuster "May 18" from South Korea, for example:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/korea ... =31&p=.htm


I see.....Now we just have to hope that D-War releases when there is nothing else worth watching playing in theaters here. Lol XD

Then maybe it will do well enough for us to get more Kaiju theater releases lol.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:07 pm

dIsCoMbObuLaTor wrote:
Flame of Udin wrote:On a little side note.....D-War is now on it's second week at the number 1 spot at the South Korean box office.


But what is playing alongside it? does it even have any decent competition over there? lol


You decide, here are this weeks numbers....with D-War still at number 1.

1. D-War (Korean)-580,846- 6,902,034
2. May 18-(Korean)-416,747 5,609,005
3. Underground Rendezvous-309,768- 609,807
(Korean)
4. Changing Partners (Korean)-227,538-435,770
5. Stardust (USA)-180,388-315,243
6. Return (Korean)-72,013-539,493
7. Zodiac (USA)-55,367-107,619
8. Mr. Bean’s Holiday(UK)-50,359-91,977
9. Fantastic Four: (2)(USA)-43,930-553,889
10. Surf’s Up (USA)-43,403-243,525
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:55 pm

Flame of Udin wrote:
dIsCoMbObuLaTor wrote:
Flame of Udin wrote:On a little side note.....D-War is now on it's second week at the number 1 spot at the South Korean box office.


But what is playing alongside it? does it even have any decent competition over there? lol


You decide, here are this weeks numbers....with D-War still at number 1.

1. D-War (Korean)-580,846- 6,902,034
2. May 18-(Korean)-416,747 5,609,005
3. Underground Rendezvous-309,768- 609,807
(Korean)
4. Changing Partners (Korean)-227,538-435,770
5. Stardust (USA)-180,388-315,243
6. Return (Korean)-72,013-539,493
7. Zodiac (USA)-55,367-107,619
8. Mr. Bean’s Holiday(UK)-50,359-91,977
9. Fantastic Four: (2)(USA)-43,930-553,889
10. Surf’s Up (USA)-43,403-243,525


wow it's still number 1 this week? If nothing else it was a major success in Korea lol.
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Postby Destroysall » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:23 pm

anybody know what theatres it will play at?
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Postby kamacuras » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:38 pm

My local movie theater just put up the film's poster. The artwork is simply badass, hopefully the film will live up to its poster.
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Postby kpa » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:49 pm

According to an international report on Box Office Mojo last week:

"South Korean heavyweight D-War, which raked in $10.2 million in South Korea for a $38 million total. The movie held better than anticipated with its 26 percent drop, and it has now grossed slightly more the country's all time record holder The Host (Gwoemul) through the same point."

If D-WAR is keeping pace with THE HOST in South Korea it's doing very well. It also looks like in a couple of weeks the film has already earned more than its $32.3 million production budget. Shim has the domestic hit he wanted; now we'll have to see how the film does internationally.
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Postby Jorzilla » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:52 pm

I saw the movie's trailer in a theater. Not only was the trailer cheesy, the acting was bad and the CGI looked like something close to what Gears of War is capable of.

I'm probably going to pass on this movie.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:27 pm

D-War has finally been kicked out of the no. 1 spot....however it is still sitting comfortably at no. 2 for last week. Notice how it knocked out newcomer 'The Simpson Movie' among others.

1. May 18 (Hwaryeohan Hyuga - Korean) 326,319 6,229,145
2. D-War (Korean) 319,895 7,545,029
3. Swindler in My Mom’s House (Sarangbang Seonsu-wa Eomeoni - Korean) 232,569 318,690
4. Underground Rendezvous (Mannam-ui Gwangjang - Korean) 199,826 1,017,975
5. Love Now (was “Changing Partners,â€
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Postby dIsCoMbObuLaTor » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:42 pm

[quote="Flame of Udin"]D-War has finally been kicked out of the no. 1 spot....however it is still sitting comfortably at no. 2 for last week. Notice how it knocked out newcomer 'The Simpson Movie' among others.

1. May 18 (Hwaryeohan Hyuga - Korean) 326,319 6,229,145
2. D-War (Korean) 319,895 7,545,029
3. Swindler in My Mom’s House (Sarangbang Seonsu-wa Eomeoni - Korean) 232,569 318,690
4. Underground Rendezvous (Mannam-ui Gwangjang - Korean) 199,826 1,017,975
5. Love Now (was “Changing Partners,â€
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Postby Xenorama » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:21 pm

saw the trailer. it did nothing for me at all. i'd like to want to see the movie, but it all looks like more of the same stuff we've gotten for the last ten years.

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Postby kpa » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:02 pm

DRAGON WARS studio press notes and photos are now on SciFi Japan:

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2007 ... ess-notes/
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