- Directors: Moon-Sang Kim
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B005WGIN1U
The other reviews are correct - this film looks absolutely fantastic. The option of using a hybrid of 3D and 2D animation works a treat. It's taken something like 5 to 7 years to produce this movie. Time well spent in the beauty department!
The plot on the other hand starts off quite promising, building pretty well, but the ending is somewhat disappointing. It left me feeling quite empty, as the film hadn't really explained why the characters took the actions they did in the films climax.
I felt a little bemused, wondering if production funds were cut short causing a sudden need to hurridly end film-making, or whether it the Korean's were creating a typically Japanese climax causing you to think long after the movie credits rolled by. (If it's the latter, they failed miserably.)
Fans of animated flicks will enjoy and drool over the visuals, probably not caring too much for the plot, and loving it all the way through. The standard film buff will probably be disappointed by the weak plot and not care too much for the animation style, classing it as eye candy. As mentioned the animation is flawless, but the plot obviously holds it all together - it does do this well until 2/3's of the way through where things crumble somewhat.... Read more ›
The story focuses on social imbalance, with the safe and idyllic lifestyle of the HAVES being facilitated by the hazardous work of the HAVE NOTS. Into this mix throw a heroic revolutionary figure trying to level the playing field, his beautiful lost love, her ambiguous boyfriend, and an evil grafter trying to maintain the status quo, and you've got a good tale for the telling. The pace is fast, the characters well formed, and it's gorgeous to look at. I'd heartily recommend it!
From a technical point of view, the movie looks terrific on the PDP screen, it's a vibrant and crystal clear transfer to UMD. Special features are lacking, but as a newcomber to UMD movies I'm not sure if they're typical in most offerings so I've not let that affect my rating.