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Thursday, September 6th 2007

5:33 PM

Dragons to invade Hollywood

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski
  • Event Date & Time: preview screening
  • Location: Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood
  • In Person: cast and crew

DRAGON WARS - a South Korean monster movie about dragons reviving in modern day Los Angeles - opens on Friday, September 14. You can get a jump on the rest of the country by seeing a preview screening on Thursday, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast and crew. 

The event is courtesy of the American Cinematheque. Here is the entry on the film in their calendar:

  • DRAGON WARS, 2007, Freestyle Releasing, 90 min. Starring Jason Behr (THE GRUDGE), Amanda Brooks (FLIGHTPLAN) and Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN), and written & directed by Hyung Rae Shim, this is rumored to be the most expensive Korean film ever made, a super big budget giant monster fest with state-of-the art special effects. Dragon-like creatures from an ancient legend appear in Los Angeles, scale buildings, flip cars and terrorize the city in search of a girl named Sarah. While investigating one of the disaster sites, a TV reporter Ethan, uncovers a piece of debris which directly links him to this legend. Ethan must realize his destiny as an ancient warrior who was re-born to protect Sarah from the evil dragons and save the city from total destruction. Discussion after the film with members of cast & crew, with a reception to follow. Special admission prices for this show (includes reception): General, $15; Seniors & Students, $12; Members, $10.

Curiously, this Korean production was filmed in Los Angeles with an American cast. Presumably the strategy here was to avoid the usual black hole into which most foreign films fall: being bought and shelves by Hollywood, which prefers to produce its own English-language remake instead of releasing the original. With an English-speaking cast in the original, DRAGON WAR (known as D-WAR in its native land) may have simply skipped a step.

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