D-War (aka Dragon Wars) (2005, Movie) – 3/10


Dragon Wars (2005)

Every 500 years, er, a pair of super-giant snakes – one good, one evil – get the opportunity to consume the spirit of a 20-year-old woman who had been born with the tattoo of a dragon on her right shoulder. This allows the snake to become a dragon and become as powerful as, well, a super-giant snake probably.


Eye-brow-raisingly awful fantasy monster movie (the most expensive in Korean film history) with strong visual effects. The story and script, perhaps impressively, never cease to take the breath away with their incompetence; writer / director Hyung Rae-Shim never manages a single not-terrible line, even accidentally. There is also a notable lack of dragon wars in the movie with a climactic fight between a dragon and a snake proving to be the only appearance of a dragon. That said, the effects are good, the action editing is quite effective and I got a surprising kick out of seeing a Chinese-style dragon in CG, something I’ve never seen in any other movie.

This movie contains fantasy monster violence against each other and against humans.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.


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