K-Animation Review: 소중한 날의 꿈 (Soljonghang Naluiggoom/Green Days)

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  1. Thanks much for this review. Thanks for introducing me to K-anime.
    Pardon my ignorance, how can we tell if the animation is drawn in pencil?

    1. I certainly couldn’t tell that it was drawn in pencil. Indeed, I would have guessed otherwise, and I do think that some computer graphics must have been used as well (though I’m not sure). There isn’t too much information about this film, but Hancinema and other sources all write that it was drawn with pencil and I guess the production studio name hints at it as well…

      1. Thanks for your reply alua. I’m now intrigued by pencil drawn animation that I’m thinking of doing a little research on the subject. 🙂
        P.S. Seeing the popular k-actors’ names (above) lending their voices for this k-anime reminds me of Christian Bale doing the voice for the male lead character in Howl’s Moving Castle. If I had not seen the bonus feature of the English DVD for HMC, I would not have guessed it was his voice. 🙂

      2. I don’t know too much about how animations are made, although I looked into it a little bit in my Akira review.
        Some animation studios release artbooks as well as storyboard books for their films – Ghibli generally does, and I know there are some for Wolf Children and A Letter to Momo as well. Ghibli still uses handdrawing, not sure if the filmmakers for Wolf Children and A Letter to Momo did. Check Yonghow’s Halcyon Realms site, he posts reviews of such books.
        For example: Arrietty art book and Arrietty storyboard book.

      3. Awesome! Thanks for sharing those links. I’ll be sure to check them out.
        P.S. I’m reminded of seeing the drawing samples from an episode of Inu Yasha
        Maybe it too uses hand drawing. Can’t wait to find out!

    1. There are some very gorgeous images, but some clunky animation (or so it felt to me).
      Bit worrisome to see though that nothing seems to have come out of the studio since then (i.e. a short or something). They took 11 years for making this feature, so I’m not sure we can expect something from them again soon!

  2. It’s a real shame this never truly got a chance in Korean cinemas, and those comments from the filmmakers in the article you mention are rather enlightening. However flawed (and you know how smitten *I* was with the film) it still seems a more deserving, and definitely more personal, than the big budget animations coming in from the US, supported by masses of merchandising and advertising.
    Which may well have been part of its problem, the filmmakers made the mistake of not targeting a specific, marketable sector, but instead followed their own hearts and own story. A little too mature for younger audiences, a little too naïve for older audiences, its core audience should have been pre-teen/early teen, which is always tricky to pull off, and us nostalgic adults. By the time it was released, it probably didn’t help that it followed Sunny which covered a very similar period in terms of nostalgia.
    I felt the back drop of such changing times in South Korea was particularly interesting, and a nice way of touching on the subject (especially for those of us who don’t really know much of that time).

    1. That’s a first, you commenting on my blog! (That’s how you ended up in the moderation pile btw.)
      I wonder how animations in general fare in Korea…. I feel like there is much more of an ingrained culture of animation in Japan, while maybe in Korea even people don’t expect there to be Korean animations, let alone good animations. I may be wrong, but Korean animation just seems like such an underdog effort – they will animate, but their name won’t be stamped onto the film, or they will be working abroad, for other companies… Maybe I’m wrong, it’s just that there is no sense of a culture of animation, or if there is, it’s alternative / underground / etc. Meaning that even Korean won’t quite give the chance it deserves.
      I think this film certainly had a lot of potential, I’m not sure it failed because of the lack of a specific target audience. From up on Poppy Hill is not so different – it falls into that gap of too mature for a younger audience, too naive for older ones to some degree as well, but it had some direction and generally felt more well rounded. Even the characters we barely get to know felt very real, while here anyone other than the three leads is flat (even Min-soo feels a bit flat, retrospectively).
      For me, the lack is mostly in the narrative and character development. Yirang never particularly interested me as there wasn’t enough of a journey for her there that allowed me to care. As I said, I think she was overshadowed…

    2. Realised you did comment before (on the K-Animation Season post). Rereading the article I linked about Green Days makes me wonder if this kind of film wouldn’t do so much better if it streamed online? I mean, if you can’t get into cinemas, beat the system in other ways… by looking for different ways to “show” your work. I do think that may be the way of the future, since nowadays it seems to be all cinema chains that only care for big budget Hollywood productions and some indie cinemas that barely manage to survive…

      1. I have no idea… maybe Paul (Hangul Celluoid) is the one to ask?
        Well, it does feature Park Shin-hye in the voice cast, she is very popular so maybe her fans pushed for it? (I think at the time of the cinematic release, her exposure was still growing… although she did already have You’Re Beautiful to her name then).

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