I’ve been hearing a lot about this film and was curious to see how it would do. It looks like it fared pretty well at the box office — about $5M with a $2K per screen average.
I think I’ll try to check it out this week. Sounds like fun.
From the New York Times:
If you’ve been missing Japanese monster movies, take heart.
“Dragon Wars: D-War” (from South Korea actually) proves the genre quite
alive. It is such a breathless, delirious stew, it’s impossible not to
be entertained, provided — this is crucial — you have a sense of humor.
Hmmm, exposition. O.K. Centuries ago in Korea there were
giant serpents called Imoogi. A bad one, Buraki, had armored troops. A
girl, Narin, had this glowing bubble, the Yuh Yi Joo, which turns
Imoogi into dragons. But she and her lover-protector, Haram, sacrificed
themselves without giving it up.
Deep breath. In Los Angeles an eruption suggests something
big has awakened, something cranky. When Ethan Kendrick (Jason Behr)
finds out, he recalls being taught as a child by the mystic Jack (Robert Forster) that he is Haram reincarnated. Narin is now Sarah Daniels (Amanda Brooks). Exhale.
Got all that? Good, because once Baraki starts to boogie, “Dragon Wars” rocks. Bulcos, winged carnivores, munch on iron-rich helicopters. References to Ray Harryhausen and Toho productions fly. One sequence evokes “King Kong,” but with heat-seeking missiles. The seams in effects and dialogue glare, but lend charm.
Baraki eats elephants, but he can’t outrun cars, which lets Ethan and Sarah reach New Mexico for a “Godzilla”-like rumble between Imoogi. “We’ll see each other again,” says Sarah to Ethan after the bout. Hoo-boy. Batten the hatches.