Kim Cheong-Gi's The Great Emperor: The Legend of One King, Korean epic fantasy CG animated film

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The godfather of Korean animation, Kim Cheong-Gi is taking a stab at the CG animation market with "The Great Emperor: The Legend of One King." For those who are unfimilar with Kim, he pioneered the Korean animation industry since the mid 60's. Among his works as director is "Robot Taekwon V" which became a commerical success and is seen today as a classic and masterpiece. His latest project is a epic fantasy animated film that is currently in production by Toto Entertainment at a budget of 14 billion won ($14 million).

Here is a brief premise from The Korean Times:
Kwanggeto Taewang (the Great Emperor) is a fictional account of the achievement and love of Emperor Kwanggaeto from the ancient kingdom of Koguryo (37 B.C. to A.D. 668), which enjoyed the height of its territorial expansion in Korean history during his time in power.

At the Toto Entertainment site, there is a trailer. Also, there is concept art there too but the link is broken. I hope what we see in that video is just a demo video, not the actual footage in movie because the animation looks like a game cinematics from 3 years ago. Its no "Final Fantasy" level of quality but its still work in progress so I'll wait and see how this will turn out in the future. The Great Emperor is planned to be completed in 2007.

The Great Emperor website at Toto Entertainment

Source: Joongang Daily, The Korean Times

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FreewellJanuary 24, 2006 9:52 PM

Man the trailer looked awful. The whole animation looks like a long CG sequence out of a PC or Video game. I think this can be really distracting. I know that the "looking" is not the most important part but hell we're talking about animated movies and the animation itself shouldn't be distracting! And the facial expression doesn't look promising... That was also a problem of the French movie (or was it Canadian?) "Kaena" which was not only crap but looked like a long Animation on the same technological level as all the sequences from video games which is in my eyes totally distracting.

Anyone remember "WonderfulDays"? What a waste of money...I still hope that the Korean industry can produce a decent Animation but until now everything looks pretty amateurish...Sorry to being so harsh but perhaps i'm too spoiled thx to Disney/Pixar and Japanese Anime (not included FinalFantasy-TheSpiritsWithin or FinalFantasy VII):)

orienJanuary 24, 2006 11:37 PM

I didn't know there were any emperors in Korea's history. I thought, in Asia, that title was reserved for the rulers of China back then. Of course, although Sinicized, Japan had borrowed that term, pissing off China. Anyway, i thought Korea only had kings.

xJanuary 25, 2006 12:02 AM

of course that should be 황제, not 왕제. Damn typos...

idJanuary 25, 2006 4:00 AM

wow....that first minute was almost shot for shot the Warcraft 3 opening cinema

Al YoungJanuary 25, 2006 4:01 AM

Freewell, my thought exactly like yours. The animation have that video game cinematic feel....from 2 years ago! Intro in some games these days looks better than what I seen in this video. I believe to able to make the animation successful, they need to raise the standard of their animation at the same level as Final Fantasy: Advent Children or the intro for Soul Calibur III. Its a long time till it will be release so I give this another chance if the next trailer impress me.

Flemming KristensenJanuary 25, 2006 5:21 AM

Does not look promising. I hope this is a very early prototyping or something, cause it looks just like another PC game intro, nothing worth watching in a cinema. 14 mill $! That's a lot of Park Chan-Wook movies!!!