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Old 07-23-03, 11:38 PM
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does anyone know more about this korean anime?

http://wonderfuldays.co.kr/english/

Wonderful Days

it looks fantastic to me! any more details on this that someone can share? like possible US theater releases?

i pretty much love any anime w/ cool motorcycles.
Old 07-23-03, 11:48 PM
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from http://www.koreanfilm.org/kfilm03.html#wonderful :



Wonderful Days

2142 A.D. The world civilizations have collapsed under the weight of environmental pollution. A group of scientific and industrial elites have founded and ensconced themselves in a city named Ecoban, sustained by the Delos System that converts pollutants into a source of energy. The refugees from outside world scrape by in a shantytown Marr, located at the outskirts of Ecoban. The leaders of Ecoban, concerned that the Delos System is running out of resources, secretly plots to destroy Marr and its inhabitants and add their remains to the fuel for the life support system. The hero of the piece is an Ecoban outcast named Shua who seeks to infiltrate the city and shut down the Delos: pitted against him is Ecoban's security chief, top-knotted Simon (pronounced Shee-mon in a Korean way) and a fiery, red-haired female agent Jay, both of who, as it turns out, harbor personal secrets concerning Shua's expulsion from Ecoban.

Production cost estimated at 10 million dollars, Wonderful Days is the most expensive animation film ever made in Korea, and has been the focus of intense pre-release media hype as well as debates among animation fans. Director Moon S. Kim (Kim Mun-saeng), a veteran of the CF industry and responsible for more than 200 TV commercials, some of which for Hong Kong-based advertisement agencies (Has any Hong Kong resident of this website seen his commercial for the MTR subway? I am curious), has spent close to seven years in conceiving and producing this futuristic extravaganza.

Wonderful Days is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the film has the kind of dark, shaded beauty that I feel is truly unique in the history of Korean cinema, animated or otherwise, if its designs are somewhat derivative (They seem to be influenced more by American science fiction, including Star Wars, Tron and Altered States, than by Japanese animation as such). As befitting a dystopian setting, the landscape is constantly drenched in rain, and colors are more often than not different shades of brown and blue-gray, but they are never dull or lifeless: authentic lyricism runs through the whole movie, that unifies its tone into a type of romantic melancholia, mourning the loss of warm, forgiving colors, of white flowers and green grass.

The complicated visual elements, a mixture of 2D cell animation, 3D computer graphics and the old-fashioned "special effects" utilizing complex miniatures, is impressive in its attention to detail and its ability to covey fast action with complete legibility. When a gust of wind begins to turn turbo-electric windmills long fallen to disuse, one not only sees the CGI "ripple" that moves the air forward (familiar from movies like Matrix) but also details of the debris that float into the air, painstakingly drawn. The majestic blue sky and moving clouds, close-ups of raindrops drumming on the windowsill, and other breathtaking shots of "nature" seamlessly flow in and out of CGI animation and "real" cinematography.

Unfortunately, at the core of Wonderful Days is a rather trite love-triangle plot that threatens to reduce main characters into scowling paper cut-outs. Particularly disappointing is the character of (beautifully drawn) Jay, who sets out as the narrator of the film, but ultimately turns into a dewy-eyed pretty girl bouncing off like a pinball between two snarling competitors for her affection. The film's overdone climax, complete with floating bubbles of blood, Jay mouthing "Noooo..." silently in slow motion, and an ear-splitting aria in the soundtrack, almost works because it is so obviously sincere, although some of the audience broke out in laughter during the screening I attended.

Despite these excesses and shallowness of characterization, Wonderful Days is not a soulless, corporate-planned entertainment-machine that most Hollywood summer blockbusters have become (It probably has too much soul for its own good, actually). It remains to be seen whether Wonderful Days will turn out to be a hit: a lot is riding on the shoulders of Director Kim and his team since its quick death in the box office will surely doom any large-scale Korean animation project for the foreseeable future. It most likely will not have a wide crossover appeal that simultaneously reaches out to the seekers of "family entertainment," the diehard animation buffs and the connoisseurs of the strange and unique, the way, for instance, a Miyazaki Hayao film could. Still, taken as a departure point for the Korean animation industry, where God knows so many talented people have struggled, for several decades now, to break through the barriers erected by the superior and better-financed Japanese and American animation, Wonderful Days does present a harbinger for the creatively exciting future. (Kyu Hyun Kim)

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I saw several trailers/footage about 6 months ago or so and I was like... HOLY *****!!! Be nice if it will get a US Theatrical release, but there'll always be the Korean DVD release by the end of the year.
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Even seeing some pics of this film in this month's Newtype, makes me hope that a theatrical release would do this film justice.
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Actually, the problem with Korean films has chronically been poor scripts and stuff. Perhaps a Korean producer could buy a good script from Hollywood or so and then make a film.

By the way, the two-disc special edition is available for sale on koreandvds.com. It is region 3 and priced at $23.00.
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I recently watched this anime. It was amazing, definitely a must see.
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I have Wonderful Days. Just got it on DVD the other day.

The animation is definitely impressive. Occiasionally the hand-drawn stuff and the CGI don't mesh as well as it could, but overall it has a very powerful look to it.

The story on the other hand was weak at times. It's not BAD, but at the end I just didn't really care what was going on.

It's worth seeing though to be sure if you are a fan of the genre.
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Originally posted by PinwiZ
I have Wonderful Days. Just got it on DVD the other day.

The animation is definitely impressive. Occiasionally the hand-drawn stuff and the CGI don't mesh as well as it could, but overall it has a very powerful look to it.

The story on the other hand was weak at times. It's not BAD, but at the end I just didn't really care what was going on.

It's worth seeing though to be sure if you are a fan of the genre.
Did you get the Korean 2 Disc? Are the extra's on the second disc in english , or atleast subtitled to english?
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Nope. I've never seen any English subs for the extras on any DVD that was from asia. I live in Korea now so trust me when I say that when you buy a Korean DVD, the only subs (if any) will be on the movie and nothing else. (The 'Friend' UE says English and Korean subs on disk 2, but there aren't ANY subs on disk 2. That's the closest thing I've seen to having English subs on extras.)

I really liked Wonderful Days, though. The commentary is apparently very interesting and the doc on disk 2 is very good.
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As the above poster said, I didn't notice any subtitle options for the extras which is unfortunate.

One thing I did notice is that one of the trailers on the DVD has the narration by the main character in english. Is there an english version of the movie in the works? That'd be pretty nice.
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I'm guessing that trailer was an international one, you know, to try and sell the movie to the US or the UK or something like that. I really hope the movie gets a US distributor. Not Miramax, of course, but maybe SMS MANGA (or something like that, I can't quite remember the name) or some other tiny company that takes care of their movies.
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I wasn't impressed by the trailer, and I wasn't impressed by the movie when I saw it. I don't think the animation is all that great, and it really doesn't mesh well with the CG. The story is pretty dull and underdeveloped. One of the poorer animated movies I've seen in the past year. But if you think the trailer looked great, I'm sure you'll enjoy the eye candy of the movie.

As for poor scripts from Korea, I wouldn't know because I haven't seen too many Korean films, but isn't Hollywood the one that's snatching up the remake rights to Korean films (Attack the Gas Station, My Wife Is A Gangster, Jail Breakers, and I'm sure lots of others)? Anyways, I've been hearing a lot of positive things about Chan Wook Park's powerful films.

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