Based on the Korean legend, unknown creatures will return and devastate the planet. Reporter Ethan Kendrick is called in to investigate the matter, and he arrives at the conclusion that a girl, stricken with a mysterious illness, named Sarah is suppose to help him. The Imoogi makes its way to Los Angeles, wreaking havoc and destruction. With the entire city under arms, will Ethan and Sarah make it in time to save the people of Los Angeles?
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I have seen bad movies, but this is seriously a good reason to stopChinese directors from wasting other people's money and our time! Bythe way, I actually bought it as a bootleg, and I am so glad I didn'tspend more than a dollar on it! I couldn't finish watching it! Istopped it and played a different movie...I was surprised to find Robert Forster in this movie, he's a good actorand I don't see why he would take a role in such a bad production. Yah,special effects might be good, but that's not what this is all about, Imean, even Star Wars has a very elaborated script.D-War sucks big time!
I generally enjoy terrible movies, they are a fantastic vacation fromsensibility. This movie was so divorced from logic within plotcontinuity and character actions that my brain could not handlewatching the entire movie without warning others how absolutelyterrible this steaming pile of scat/movie is to watch. I literallywould find more pleasure in studying a pile of crap for 1.5 hoursoutside in winter, than to watch this movie again. Please heed mywarning, and find a better use of your life then to verify howprecisely accurate my thoroughly in-depth review is. I can't tell ifthis review constitutes "spiteful", because I feel irritated with theproduction crew for polluting our cultures "intellectual" space withthis work. It however is a natural reaction from the experience, andmust be used as a tool to describe the depth of emotive response onecan expect from watching this movie.
This review is from: Dragon Wars - D-War (DVD) I used to watch Saturday evening horror movies on TV and they were of poor quality but this makes them look good. The acting of the star actress was pitiful. I don't know if it was the lines or her acting but it was almost painful to watch. The plot was very weak. Only the special effects were any good.
When I saw a poster for D-War for the first time, I thought it's justone more low-budget monster movie with regularly bad acting, cheesydialogs and plenty of plot holes. After watching this film I realizedthat D-War has all these elements except for low budget.This monster flick is destroyed by terrible acting and patheticscreenplay. I personally think that Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks areperfect choices for a new season of Power Rangers TV series. Andscreenplay...Well, the story about Korean dragons is not that bad butdialogs are so poor and every part of story which is settled in LosAngeles and follows two main characters has just too many holes andclichÃ©s typical for this genre. D-War also have a few good things. Special effects are surprisinglygood, not spectacular and unseen but good. Designs for some monstersare also pretty good. Actually, if action sequences were betterexecuted D-War could be a solid action film. Director had some coolideas but he didn't know how to present them.
First of all, this is the first time I see an Asian dragon depictedcorrectly in a movie. And I give it 5 stars because of this, and alsobecause I am an Asian myself and proud to see that Asian now can makeCGI effect this good. But that's it, nothing more.For story idea I give 10 points but, for screenplay I give 0 point. Fordirecting I give 0 point. For editing I give 0 point. For acting I give0 point.The story idea is actually interesting but let's face it, thescreenplay is a big joke. The screenplay of 10,000 BC (see my review ofthe movie 10,000 BC) is better. Shim Hyung-rae just cannot develop thisinteresting story idea into a good screenplay. There are big holes inthe script, too many to be said here. Simply take Star Wars I: ThePhantom Menace and splash it with Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers,there you got the script. There are many things happening in the storythat are not explained, just happened like that. I mean why the policekeeping the girl in custody? Why the FBI know beforehand that they haveto find the girl? The acting? Whoa! No expression at all. This Tom Cruise look alike justcannot act. The girl is a bit better but there is absolutely nochemistry at all between the two. Watching a marionette play is farmore interesting than watching these actors act.The directing and editing are far worst than the actors. There are manyunnecessary scenes in this movie, many goofs, and again many things arenot explained.
Dragon Wars was a recent movie I saw via my Netflix membership along with another fantasy/sci-fi movie I requested and of the two, it was the better one. However, I quickly found myself fast-forwarding through the movie to avoid having to just shut down the movie completely. I am a fan of good story-telling and acting, but I'm drawn to action and to special effects. This movie had plenty of action and special effects, but it was hard to put the story together and to take it seriously with shoddy acting and directing. The plot is intriguing, but could have done without the steretypical Chinese connections to dragons and instead been about a new idea in monster movie-making. I would recommend this movie for it's great battle sequences, but you will find yourself uninterested in the back story and somewhat confused when it's all said and done....and happy too that it was over.
I'm in Korea and all the media was going overboard with this movie, soI decided to go watch it.The director himself was a very popular comedian from the 80~90's, sowhen he came out with a movie pretty much everybody knew who thedirector was -- It's as if Jerry Springer came out with a movie,everybody would be interested and would probably go see it.The movie, in my opinion, to describe it in one sentence, was "A mix ofpower ranger with very expensive computer graphics." I heard the budgetfor the movie was 70 million USD which is a considerable sum. I read anews article today that World of Warcraft is being made into a moviewith a budget of 90 mil (coming out in 2009).The computer graphics didn't mix well in places here and there, and Ithought the storyline was terrible. There were some scenes that wereout of place and doesn't really add up to the whole story. There's nobuild up. (especailly the medallion that goes off at the end) Overall,it wasn't worth the money or the time. Needs to seriously improve onthe storyline.
wow ... this movie was ridiculous. Nothing made sense. The CGI didnothing for me. The dragons didn't even look like dragons..they werelike giant snakes. The acting sucked. Strangely some parts of the moviereminded me of the Lord of the Rings. There was one part of the moviethat made me laugh though. It was so stupid that I had to laugh. It waswhen the old women walks into the wall thinking she can because she sawsome random guy do it..pretty stupid. This movie deff. could've been somuch better. I could've made a better movie!.... I don't recommendDragon Wars... only watch it if you want to see the epitome of a badmovie 'Across the universe' and into my heart
It's ridiculous how the storyline of this movie goes, not to mentionnumerous awkward scenes. I love dragons, the ancient Chinese symbol ofwisdom. I love Korean movies also, but this one clearly is a disaster.You won't believe me when I tell you this movie is a huge hit in Korea,but they're only curious to see how crappy this masterpiece is. I haveno idea how the they came up with the imoogi thing, and using actorsfrom the western coast made it even harder to accept. I guess it's akid's movie afterall. I only find it interesting on the fighting scenesof the second half of the movie. After you seen a lot shitty movies,you just don't care about the plot anymore.
I saw this movie with low expectations and already knew that it wasgoing to be one of those movies that is so bad, its good.Dragon Wars (or D-Wars) isn't terrible by any means. Nothing in thisfilm can be taken seriously. The acting is corny (not bad, just corny),the plot is impossible to follow, the storyboard is all over the place,and the dialog is just plain strange. I found myself laughing duringmost of this film because of it.The CGI isn't that bad, nor are most of the action scenes. I find themquasi-epic.Perhaps my biggest complaint is how loosely connected things occurduring the story. D-War begins with a 15 minute explanation of an oldKorean legend and how the male protagonist, Ethan must find a girl witha dragon tattoo that is about to turn 20 and protect her. Apparentlythey are the reincarnations of the characters originally involved inthe legend. That part is okay, but the execution of the events thathappen in the present are just cooky.A giant CGI snake shows up and starts looking for the girl whilstdestroying LA. An ancient army rises out of nowhere and follows suit.That very army, despite being 500 some years old manages to beat thehell out of our modern military. Not only that but in one scene, Ethangets shot while protecting the girl. He gets right back up and says,"I'm OK". WTF? Oh yeah, and the whole dragon wars thing really onlylasts for 2 or so minutes. The bad dragon (or inoogi) fights the gooddragon (inoogi) towards the end of the film, nowhere else...This whole movie was one giant "WTF?". But I enjoyed its absurdness. Itreminded me of the original "The Blob" from the 1950's. That was astrange film and this one is right up there.Honestly, this isn't a horrible film. It made me laugh, hard, veryhard. The old Asian style action is there, chock-full of Dragonballstyle energy beams and explosions for no reason. Speaking ofDragonball, I was also reminded of the live-action Dragonball film,"Dragonball: The Magic Begins". Look it up, you'll see the similaritiesin story and so bad its good film making.Cheers.
I really don't understand why some times people give low ranks to goodmovies. People who have enjoyed Mummy, Jurassic park, or any of thesekinds of movie will definitely enjoy this movie too. I am giving 10 outof 10 to this movie,as I loved it. If people give such kind of votingthen they may stop producing such great movies in the future. I reallyappreciate the work done in the movie. Once again don't spoil the greatwork by giving negative remarks. It is very best movie, everythingwhich should be the there for good entertainment is there in thismovie. I hope movies like this will be produced in the future also.once again this movie is for people who enjoy Si F kinds of movies.Example :Jurassic park, mummy...etc
My first time posting a comment about a film - and all because thisfilm confused me. I felt I sat and watched two films in one - a liveaction drama and a CGI action fest. For the live action bit - whatincredibly bad acting - both lead characters were cardboard and theplot feeling totally unrelated to the rest of the film. The CGI partsof the film, although a bit out of place in areas - i.e. SWAT incanyons and valleys etc. these were reasonably above par for the film.Okay the first large battle felt like a copy of the 'Phantom Mennace'Gundam battle (shudder), but on the whole the battle sequences wereenjoyable, but seemed to have nothing to do with the storyline.Plot/story gaps as big as the serpents in this story - but dis-engagingbrain and enjoying visual effects - not the worse film ever...
I don't have a very good tolerance for bad movies. If I didn't see thismovie with my Korean girlfriend in a Korean movie theatre I would havewalked out after 20 minutes. The acting was strangled by a inconsistentand choppy script. I wondered if it was edited by a team of Koreanscript writers because it was so bad I gave up trying to follow theirrational twists and turns it made. I love Korea and just feltembarrassed for all Koreans. Other movies I have seen here like King ofmen, host, old boy, are kick ass original movies of internationalcalibre. That this terrible movie represents Korea to the world isreally painful to accept. The director gets no credits from me for hiseffort or drive or desires. I only care about the product. 2 out of mythree points for this movies comes from the CGI. Which I would give toany good CGI based movie. It was good enough to make this movie greatif the script, acting, direction and editing had been a lot better. IfShim Hyung-Rae can come back after taking a smack in the face like thedirection of this movie deserves and produces something reasonable,then he will truly deserve to be called a movie director. I really hopethat happens but I'm not going to hold my breath. Sometimes dreams justdon't come true.
Some movies start with shaky acting and plot setup, and then improve. However, I am very thankful that I did not pay anything to see this movie; I saw it on Crackle. The longer I watched, the more I kept thinking, "It's got to get better." But my final thought was, "Why? Why did I bother?"The computer generated creatures in this dog were amazing, rivaling those of much bigger star power and box office success. And, the cast included some decent actors but, alas, even they could not rescue the sophomoric script. More to the point, I wonder what the actors or their agents were thinking when they accepted a role in this thing. I'm reminded of something I read recently that said there wasn't any role Liam Neeson would turn down. (I don't necessarily agree with that statement, but it illustrates my point.)Perhaps some reviewers here on Amazon are referring to something else when they say this was a good movie. IMHO, it's not even worth renting, unless your interest is solely in visual production, in which case you might be better served to turn down or mute the volume . . . and leave the subtitles off.
This review is from: Dragon Wars - D-War (DVD) Pretty good to me because I am a dragon fanatic but if you don't really like dragons, I would not recommend this one to start. Good movie though.
this movie only gets a second star because i work downtown and likedseeing it destroyed. the effects were pretty good- i hear it was themost expensive Korean film ever made. being the most expensive andstill absolutely horrid makes it a massive waste of money. i rented itso i won't complain too much about what i paid, but it was a couplehours that i'll never get back. plot holes abound. terrible acting allacross the board. i do not recommend giving up the time to watch thismovie, life is too short. if your friends want to watch this, run away.i can't stress enough how bad this film was. where the hell did the second dragon come from? why didn't he show upsooner? how did they have rocket launchers on dinosaurs just 500 yearsago?
When it comes to giant monster B movies--like Godzilla for example--Japan is the first name that comes to mind but look out; Korea could be the new kid on the block. They rank in at number 10 in the overall movie market in the world--according to the Korean Film council. The Host (17.2 million dollars [budget at 11 million]) and now the "smash hit" D-Wars (54 million [budget between 30 and 70 million]) are the latest from the Far East. However, the movie The Host swept Korea's Blue Dragon Awards in 2006 and was considered one of the best Foreign films of 2006, but unfortunately D-Wars will probably be viewed as one of the worst movies for 2007, especially for us here in America. The poor direction by unknown Shim Hyung-rae, the confusing story, the emotionless/wooden acting and the sloppy editing are the sad focal points. All those factors destroy any possibility for the graphics to entertain (the battle sequence in LA and the final dragon fight at end of the movie). The CGI was created by Shim's Younggu-Art Movie Company. Godzilla from Toho studios, where are you? We need you back now.A CGNN television news reporter by the name of Ethan (Jason Behr) is covering his latest story in an open field in Los Angeles: where major destruction has occurred. Within moments, he notices that the police are dusting off a huge green substance; he knows that it is the scale of the legendary Korean Beast known as Imugi; a mythical dragon creature. In a short while, he returns to the news studios but has a flash back of when he was a young boy and his encounter that he had with a mystical storekeeper named Jack (Robert Forster [Ancient Warlord/Sensei]).He learns that he is the reincarnated spirit of an ancient Korean warrior-apprentice named Haram--learning the martial arts skills by the Warlord/Sensei--who has to defend Princess "Tattoo" Narin from all her enemies. He falls in love with her. However, his Sensei could care less because the Princess--who is now 20 years old--needs to give up her special life force to the Imugi, by scarification. They--either the good, or bad Imugi--will ascend to Dragon hood through ingestion.Within a short while, a crisis develops in this Kingdom. The evil General as well as his Power Rangers/Storm Troopers, and most importantly the evil giant serpent arrive first and a great battle ensues. There is no escape for the couple, therefore they decide to jump off a cliff. Through their failure, their reincarnated spirits will repeat this event again in 500 years to battle the bad imugi, the evil general and his evil army.It is present day again and now Ethan must find a girl named Sara Daniels (Amanda Brooks) with a tattoo marking of the good Imug (she is the Princess). However, this will be difficult because there are many girls at this age that fit this description. He uses the help of a co-worker to search through the computer database to help narrow his search but he eventually is able to locate her at a hospital. What will be the out come of Ethan and Sarah? Will they defeat these forces of evil?Confused about the story? Trust us, don't even sweat it.When seeing the preview for D-Wars I had a flashback of Destroy All Monsters, as other movies such as King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and All Monsters Attack (1969) that the Toho Company Ltd. released. As a kid these monsters were everything, even though they were just a bunch a people in rubber suits, there was artistry.In D-Wars you can definitely see the theme of such American Science Fiction movies as The Terminator series (1984-2003) with dialog similarities between the main characters, and even the similar cinematography from King Kong (1976) and the American Godzilla (1998). Is the director paying homage to these movies or to Korean Nationalism because at the end of the film we see Shim use Korean print and Shim quotes "D-War and I will succeed in the world market without fail?" Keep dreaming.We will tell you from our point of view that you cannot impress us or the world market. Especially from the American actor Robert Forster who gives us a mono log in the flash back in which he sounds like an ESL instructor, teaching a class of foreigners. The romantic chemistry that never develops from our lovers--Ethan and Sara--because they seem hopelessly confused if they even want to know each other. Should they not be able to recognize their reincarnated spirits? Where is Ethan's ability of the marital arts or even superhuman strength, he is a reincarnated warrior? He just keeps running away. Then there is the evil General along with the Atrox soilders who give us the impression of evil Power Rangers/Storm troopers from Star Wars. The General spoke and sounded like Mr. Bean. That's being funny unintentionally.For the new generation of Asians filmmakers, people wearing rubber suit and city miniatures are something from the past. For Better or for worse, they upgraded themselves to the new computer graphics extravaganza of today. Honestly we liked the classic monster films from that period. But not everything is lost in D-Wars, one of the best moments in the film is the dragon invasion of the city where we get to see some decent monster action against the military--the creatures look pretty decent at times and really terrible at others--but the action itself is quite interesting. Let's not forget the final battle between the two dragons. The loud dragons face off and goes on for a while, but it has very little realism, but quite intense nevertheless.Proceed with caution because if you're a fan of the B Japanese monster movies, you will be disappointed with the cheesiness of this "upgraded" Asian monster film. Where is the fun of the classic monsters from the past? Just because you have computer graphics, it doesn't mean that you're going to make a great film. despite some decent battle moments; the film is flat because of the hilarious acting, confusing plot and video-game special effects. We'd rather watch the old Godzilla films.
Is one's life preordained? Can one's destiny be changed without consequences? Can Fate be reasoned with? Is death the end of hope? These are philosophical questions that permeate this film.From a tranquil Korean village lost in the centuries of time to a modern metropolis, the Story of Buraki and the Good Imoogi unfold. This is the story of two ancient Korean serpents who sought the Yeouiju, a mystical orb from heaven which would transform one of the serpents into a dragon.You have the love story of Ethan and Sarah which began in that Korean village when they first faced their destiny as young lovers, Haram and Narin. Unfortunately, their decision to defy their destinies ended in tragedy and allowed Buraki time to create an invincible army.The war between good and evil waged as Ethan and Sarah fought to survive. Finally, the epic, climactic battle between Buraki and the Good Imoogi came down to Ethan's bravery and Sarah's ultimate sacrifice.In the end as Ethan watches the Celestial Dragon ascend to the heavens, he says good bye to Narin, his true love and Bochun, his old master and friend. Now, he faces his destiny alone for the first time.Hyung Rae Shim wrote and directed this film. Steve Jablonsky composed the musical score.The film ends with Arirang, an old Korean folk song, played by the Seattle Orchestra and sung by a choir of ninety members. It was an appropriate way to end this film. In ancient myths and legends, the hero does not always live happily ever after. At the end of the story the hero is scarred and faces an uncertain future. His song of life takes on a different cadence.
Nothing special here. Nothing atrocious either. This movie is decidedly ho-hum. The flashback scenes of fantastical ancient times were cool, but short-lived. CGI makes even low budget effects look decent and this is no exception. The movie on the whole has the quality level of a made for sci-fi channel flick. It's ok for a rainy afternoon where your outdoor plans fall through but I wouldn't ever PLAN to watch a movie of this calibre. I didnt pause this movie when I got up fro a drink or bio break... I just didn't care enough about it and didn't want it to last longer than necessary. Don't pay more than a few bucks to watch this thing.
If it wasn't for the horrible special effects, the horrible script, the horrible acting, and the horrible directing, this just might have been a good movie. I couldn't help but notice that the previews for this movie gave NO hint of what the actual story was. Anybody viewing this movie is only in it for the dragon war action which doesn't come until the last half of the movie. Before that, you're stuck with the zero-personality hero who is trying to save the zero-personality girl from the old white guy dressed in Japanese clothes and speaks in a Japanese demonic voice that doesn't match his lips at all.If you're trying to find the worst movie ever made, you must watch Dragon Wars because it's certainly in the running.