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D-War, also called Dragon Wars, is a 2007 South Korean monster movie by Shim Hyung-rae, the director of the Yongary remake. Unlike some Asian monster movies, such as the Godzilla franchise, D-War uses abundant high-quality CGI and the effects have been compared to the 2007 Transformers and the 2005 King Kong. The story, however, has been compared to extremely bad high school writing, only worse.
The Imoogi (or Imugi) are a race of magical giant serpents in Korean mythology. Once every 500 years, one virtuous Imugi is rewarded by the gods for its good deeds and given the chance to become a celestial dragon.
Circa the year 1500, Buraki, an evil Imugi, plans to steal this reward and transform himself into an immortal dragon so he can destroy the world. To do this, Buraki must capture the Yuh Yi Joo, a special young woman. But Buraki is thwarted thanks to the Heroic Sacrifice of the Yuh Yi Joo and her faithful warrior companion.
Circa the year 2000, the Yuh Yi Joo and her companion are reborn in Los Angeles, and Buraki sees another chance to capture her and gain her power. Buraki summons his evil Atrox Army of dark armored warriors riding dinosaurs and flying dragon-things, which proceed to duke it out with the modern LAPD, the FBI, and the US military. A dramatic chase ensues, full of monsters and explosions.
Contrast The Host, which is a genuinely good South Korean monster movie made the year before.
- Actually Pretty Funny: The scary, armor clad villain getting hit by a car, twice.
- Alternate DVD Commentary: Complements of Riff Trax
- Because Destiny Says So: The hero and heroine do not learn anything from the failure of their predecessors.
- Bittersweet Ending: So not only does our hero lose the girl to destiny but he's left stranded in a desolate landscape in the middle of nowhere alone with nary an evidence of provisions or a way back home, but hey the evil forces are vanquished, right?
- Black Best Friend: Which Ethan thoughtfully left unconscious on the road after rescuing him from a giant freaking serpent. Apparently he has a very bad memory as he rescues him again later.
- B-Movie: Except with CGI effects comparable to ILM and Weta Workshop.
- The Chosen One: Sarah, the Yuh Yi Joo.
- Deus Ex Machina: Ethan's medallion destroys the Atrox Army in the finale.
- Doing It for the Art: The movie was apparently Hyung-Rae Shim's dream project, and he was in tears in the DVD extras. He also wrote the script and closely supervised the special effects production.
- Do Not Run with a Gun: Way too many of the defenders.
- Dull Surprise
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Buraki's evil army rides some very dinosaur-like creatures, so ow which have rocket launchers on their backs.
- Which brings us to another trope...
- Every Car Is a Pinto: In this case, cars, tanks, and Apaches.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Buraki's right hand man. Particularly ridiculous because he tries to pass as a normal human and no one notices his ridiculously deep voice.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Buraki has a massive army that can kick even the modern American Army's ass. What does Heaven send to stop them? Two guys.
- Idiot Ball: Ethan carries one throughout the whole movie. See also Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me.
- Kaiju: How the Imugi are portrayed, given their massive size and Nigh Invulnerability.
- Made of Explodium: There are lots and lots of explosions in this film.
- Mordor: Buraki's evil temple at the end. It even looks like the Tower of Barad Dur!
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Especially when you unload a full magazine into the Evil Army's thick shields instead of aiming for the unprotected limbs after the first few rounds bounced off.
- No Indoor Voice: Buraki's right hand man, while not in human form. The chanting to "summon" Buraki is especially hilarious.
- Our Dragons Are Different.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The dinosaur like Dawdlers that have rocket launchers on their back.
- Redshirt Army: Civilian or military, everyone that fights back is killed without a second thought.
- Rule of Cool: Drives pretty much the entire movie.
- Rule of Perception: For some reason bystanders never notice the 100-meter long giant snake until it is breathing down their necks...
- Screw Destiny: Ethan's (past and present versions) rationale for eloping with their beloved, doesn't seem to grasp why this is futile.
- Snipe Hunt: The old master guy fakes a heart attack so that he can tell Ethan the old Korean legend.
- Star-Crossed Lovers
- Stock Scream: Not one but TWO Wilhelm Screams.
- Tanks, But No Tanks: The typical fake Abrams aside, you can clearly see that the US forces use British FV432 APCs.
- Too Dumb to Live: Buraki's right hand man sealed his fate by impaling Ethan's medallion... which led to him getting electrocuted and disintegrated by said medallion, which just a few minutes earlier destroyed the whole Atrox Army.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of any character who isn't Ethan, Sarah, Jack, Buraki, his Dragon, and the Atrox Army.
- You Cannot Fight Fate: In one scene, Jack tries to remind Ethan that his attempts to Screw Destiny is futile.
Jack: There's no place you can take [Sarah] that will allow her to escape her destiny. The fate of the world rests on your shoulders. Deny this, and you will deny yourself everything. Even the girl.