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15 Mind Blowing Dragons

Monday, December 28, 2009

This is my land

dragon land

Dark Rider

dragon dark rider

Spiny Woodland Hopper

dragon spiny

Snow dragon

snow dragon illustration

Dragon head

dragon head illustration

dragon hurlant

dragon hurlant

Quetzalcoatl – Kukulcan

dragon illustratipon

Golden Dragon

golden dragon illustration


Dragon art

Draco Canibal

draco dragon illustration


dragon art illustration

Clash of the Titans

dragon clash titan

BanQ_Emerald Dragon

emerald dragon illustration

Dragon Rival

dragon rival


dragon illustration

d-war shots

Monday, December 21, 2009

D-war review

On the tail end of a busy sword and sorcery decade D-War could be the worst of the lot.

As a CG promotional video entitled Bang For Your Buck it's passable, but putting lipstick on a bull doesn't make it sexy. It was written and directed by Shim Hyung-rae, a former Korean comedian who spent the last several years putting together this story of a 21st century American journalist bound to protect his love from the celestial ambitions of an Imugi dragon.

The abridged version: mythological creature throws a hissy fit in L.A.

When Ethan Kendrick (Jason Behr) comes across a dragon scale while on a news assignment he gets dreamy and takes us back to a pivotal moment he had as a child. Here, while in a Gremlins-style antique shop, an elaborate Korean chest opens itself to Ethan and zaps him with computer graphics. It's an overcooked way to let us know that Ethan has a special destiny.

As the shop owner Jack (Robert Forster) explains via flashbacks, he is the modern incarnation of a 500 year old Korean warrior, while Ethan is the latest version of his apprentice, Haram. A long time ago they fought together to protect the beautiful Narin from the bad Imugi, Buraki, and a too futuristic evil army, fashions care of Judge Dread. Haram gets tired of fighting and jumps of a cliff with his love.

Flashforward. Buraki, is back on the 500th anniversary of their last encounter, to do something nasty to Ethan's reincarnated love Sarah (formerly Narin). What that is...is unknown. What we do know is that she is the key to the Imugi's ascention to greatness, a dragon's higher state of being if you will.

Fine. Avoid the monster. Jack helps out them from time to time, by using otherworldly powers, but insists above all that Ethan take her to "the cave." Protect her in the meantime, but only in the cave will fulfill her destiny. Ethan refuses to believe that sacrificing Sarah is the only way. He grits his teeth, grows some stubble, and plays Ring Around the Rosie with the big snakey for the better part of the film.

While the early Korean battle scenes using both troops and creatures will look familiar to Phantom Menace and Return of the King fans, other details bear a strong resemblance to the Terminator series. The blonde haired Sarah is pursued by an almost unstoppable force, somehow ushered out of one close scrape after another by a handsome young buck with nothing special to offer in terms of abilities, just a sense of purpose.

Sounds familiar, though at least when Sarah (Conner) and Reese avoided the Terminator it was believable. How Twiddle Dee and companion consistently escape an army from hell and a serpent that can wrap itself around buildings is the real mystery. But they do for a good while, mostly due to last minute police and military invention. It gets old quickly. When they're not running Ethan and Sarah look at the sky and each other and give dramatic pause to their situation.

Historical descriptions of the Imugi make use of expressions like "is thought to have" or "is said to have. D-War at least stays loyal to one or another of these descriptions and presents the creature as one that which lives in water or caves, aspiring to become a wingless dragon. Another detail which made its way into the film was the importance of the orb to Asian dragons. The Yeo-ui-ju or dragon orb is given to the nice Imugi during the film's climax, granting it omnipotent powers and transformation into a full-fledged dragon.

Variety called the film "visually entertaining," which is accurate. But if motherly advice like "if you can't say something nice..." held any sway, it would probably end there.

One problem is the film's attempt at incorporating mythology and dragon lore into a modern setting. Reign of Fire did it far more believably, but that film also limited the fantasy element to the dragon itself. As such the focus was clear, man versus beast.

The clunky costumes and Masters of the Universe miltantcy that D-War adds in comes off like a groundbeef ice cream cone: it doesn't mix well. But beyond this, characterization may be the bigger problem. Shim Hyung-rae's interpretation of Americans is pure stock, like something taken from a beginner ESL essay, "What are American's Like?".

The news station Ethan works for is CGNN, written in obvious CNN script, and his best bud Bruce is a punning, gun toatling African American decked out in gold jewelry. As a Westerner, there's no offense taken. Shim may have written the film with more concern with how Korean audiences needed to interpret America than how a western audience would. Still, the generalizations never go any deeper.

Security guards are obese, federal agents are hard headed, and best friends must die. In one scene, after Bruce fails to dent the evil army commander with a speeding SUV, he decides to take him on outside. Even Terminator's tough guys had the sense to run when a fist went through their buddy's ribcage. Bruce is round-housed to the pavement while Ethan and Sarah grab some wheels and escape. The next morning the couple is walking on the beach, getting their bearings, when Sarah asks about Bruce. Ethan's not worried. His friend is resourceful. He'll be fine. The next day, Bruce is back at this desk with a band-aid on his forehead. It's not meant to be a joke.

At this point there's no reason to take D-War seriously. If the writer doesn't consider his characters, why should the viewer. Sit tight, enjoy the squealing monsters, and call it a day.

USA release: 14th September, 2007
Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Craig Robinson, Elizabeth Pena, Robert Forster, Geoffrey Pierson, Michael Shamus Wiles, Chris Mulkey, Billy Gardell, Aimee Garcia
Director: Hyung-rae Shim
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DRAGON WARS: D-War is based on the Imoogi legend that only exists in Korea. An Imoogi is a serpent that by possessing the Yuh Yi Joo can transform into a dragon.
I was following this new movie for some time on the Korean web site d-war.com, mainly because of the Visual Effects (VFX) in the movie which has been done by younggu-art.
You can watch the Korean trailer or the US trailer on the US web site.
The VFX are looking impressive and very well done. I did not watch the movie itself so can’t say much about the story beside the synopsis below.
The Director and Writer of D-War Hyung Rae Shim is often called the George Lucas of Asia. Shim established Younggu Art Movies in 1993 with a vision of making high concept science fiction films using state of the art computer technology. DRAGON WARS: D-WAR is his seventh feature film.
I came up with the concept of DRAGON WARS: D-WAR ten years ago with the goal to create a science-fiction film based on a Korean legend. My intentions were to combine myth and history with elements of a blockbuster science fiction film. The drama of the 5000 year-old Korean legend, the dragon, is the basis of the DRAGON WARS: D-War screenplay.” (Hyung Rae Shim)

Short Synopsis
Dragon-like creatures from an ancient legend appear in Los Angeles, scale buildings, flip cars and terrorize the city in search for 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.

Long Synopsis:
The story begins with Ethan Kendrick, a TV reporter. While investigating a disaster that occurred at the Seven Palms Resort, he notices that the ground is turned up all around and forklifts have been tumbled over. It looks like a hurricane has gone by. Ethan notices the FBI investigator dusting off a specimen with a brush. It looks like a giant dinosaur fossil or scale. He videotapes it on his Handycam.
Back at CGNN Headquarters in downtown, Ethan examines the image of the scale. While he is looking at his computer screen, he has a flashback to when he was a boy. At an antique shop with his father, young Ethan meets a man named Jack. The old man tells him a story about giant serpents called Imoogi, a story that most have presumed to be merely a legend.
Five hundred years ago in ancient Korea, a baby girl was born with a gift called the Yuh Yi Joo. The Yuh Yi Joo will completely form inside her by the time she turns twenty. An Imoogi who possesses it can transform itself into a dragon. An old monk and his disciple are the only two who believe this legend and try to protect the Yuh Yi Joo bearing girl. Haram, the warrior who is charged with protecting her falls in love with her. Instead of sacrificing her to the Imoogi, the two lovers plunge to their deaths. Jack tells young Ethan that he is the old monk re-incarnated and that Ethan is the warrior. The old man tells Ethan he must find a girl named Sarah, who bears the mark of a dragon on her shoulder. He is to take her to the Grand Cave on her twentieth birthday.
Ethan searches for this mysterious woman named Sarah. Meanwhile, the Evil Imoogi, named Buraki has appeared in Los Angeles with its army of foot soldiers and beasts. The FBI also connect the disaster and the scale to Sarah. They are all looking for Sarah .
Ethan must protect Sarah from the Imoogi and save the city from total destruction. Ethan must ultimately choose between love and destiny.

dragon gallary

Sunday, December 20, 2009

These are just some of many pic's I have. I have a 300gb external hard draive full of dragon pitcrues, and it take too lage to put them all on here, and the fact that this site has a limit of how many pics i can have in there storage device. so injoy the small amout of pic's. Feal free to send me your pics if you want to, all try to put them on the site, and try to rotat them every so often. Thanks...