Aachi & Ssipak

Aachi & Ssipak is a 2006 South Korean animated comic science fiction action film directed by Jo Beom-jin and featuring the voices of Ryoo Seung-bum, Im Chang-jung, and Hyun Young.

Aachi & Ssipak
Aachi & Ssipak film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Revised RomanizationAchiwa Ssipak
McCune–ReischauerAch'iwa Ssip'ak
Directed byJo Beom-jin
English Dub:
Ed Skudder
Zack Keller
Produced byKim Seon-ku
Park Se-jun
Written byKang Sang-kyun
Jeong Hye-won
Jo Beom-jin
English Dub:
Ed Skudder
Zack Keller
StarringRyoo Seung-bum
Im Chang-jung
Hyun Young
English Dub:
Ed Skudder
Zack Keller
Music byKang Ki-young
English Dub:
Nick Keller
CinematographyLee Chung-bok
Edited byKim Yun-gi
Seo Dong-hyeon
Park Han-jae
English Dub:
Zack Keller
Production
company
JTeam Studios
Distributed byStudio 2.0
Mondo Media (US)
Release date
  • June 28, 2006 (2006-06-28)
Running time
90 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
BudgetUS$3 million

PlotEdit

Somewhere in the future, mankind has depleted all energy and fuel sources, however they have somehow engineered a way to use human excrement as fuel. To reward production, the government hands out extremely addictive, popsicle-like "Juicybars" to citizens, which in turn also makes them constipated. Aachi and Ssipak are street hoodlums who struggle to survive by trading black market Juicybars. Through a chain of events involving their porn-director acquaintance Jimmy the Freak, they meet a porn star named Beautiful, who gets a pink ring inside her butt which makes her defecations rewarded by exceptional quantities of Juicybars. For that reason, Beautiful is also wanted by the violent blue mutants known as the Diaper Gang (led by the Diaper King), the police (most notably the cyborg police officer Geko), and others.

StoryEdit

The world run out of all forms of energy, people startled to built the new city by making the new energy with their excrements. Soon after the city's leaders announcing two legislations to generate and control the new energy, including installs an ID chip in each citizen's anus to monitor the defecation level, providing of defecates to citizens in return with one addictive juicybar. Until soon later, defecation amounts have skyrocketed, city becomes full of addicts due to juicybar's strong addiction. An illegal trade of juicybars becomes prevalent and its side effects has created an dumb pint-sized mutants. The mutants soon later organized a gang to plunder juicybars, later becoming known as the Diaper Gang.

Section 4 travels back to the city (filled with juicybars), with police officers in their motorcycles for protection until the Diaper Gang hijacks it and kills everyone, they succeed but fail as Geko comes to kill off, once all gone, Aachi and Ssipak returns to the city.

CastEdit

  • Ryoo Seung-bum as Aachi, one of main protagonists, a hoodlum who struggles to survive by trading Juicybars. In the English version, he is voiced by Ed Skudder.
  • Im Chang-jung as Ssipak, one of main protagonists, a hoodlum who struggles to survive by trading Juicybars and falls in love with Beautiful. In the English version, he is voiced by Zack Keller.
  • Hyun Young as Beautiful, one of main protagonists, a wannabe-actress who is wanted by the Diaper Gang and the police after Jimmy puts another chip to her butt, and can gush out thousands of Juicybars.
  • Shin Hae-chul as Diaper King, the main antagonist, mutated king and leader of the illegal clan, Diaper Gang
  • Yang Jeong Hwa as Diaper Gang, hoodlums and mutated minions of Diaper King
  • Seo Hye-jeong as Jimmy the Freak, a porn director who creates illegal movies, friends with Aachi and Ssipak
  • Oh In-yong as Gangster, the boss of a gang until loses all the juicybars and gets his leg broken, goes revenge
  • Lee Gyu-hwa as The Deputy, a special police officer and cyborg that can kill the Diaper Gang
  • Lee Gyu-hyeong

ProductionEdit

In 2001, film director Jo Beom-jin introduced a three-minute Flash animated demo clip on the Internet as a sneak preview of his film.[1] Voiced by Ryoo Seung-bum as Aachi and Im Won-hee as Ssipak, the clip attracted three million hits, and the movie was originally scheduled for release at the end of 2002. But after animated films My Beautiful Girl, Mari and Wonderful Days flopped despite huge expectations, Jo's film ran into investor problems, and the production team halted work on the animation for almost a year.[2] It would take a total of eight years for the feature-length film to be finished.[3]

ReleaseEdit

Aachi & Ssipak opened in South Korean theaters on June 28, 2006. Like most of its predecessors in homegrown animation, it was well-reviewed, but a box office flop, with total ticket sales of 107,154.[4][5]

English dubbed versionEdit

Mondo Media hired Dick Figures creators, Ed Skudder and Zack Keller to rewrite a version of the film for English-speaking audiences.[6] It was released digitally on February 11, 2014, and the DVD and Blu-ray were released a month later on March 11.[7] Four minutes were cut, and dubbed English voice acting and an entirely new soundtrack (a DJ-rap music score by Mad Decent's Kevin Seaton) were added.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 플래시애니메이션 <아치와 씨팍>. Cine21 (in Korean). 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2013-03-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Hendrix, Grady (18 March 2014). "Kaiju Shakedown: Aachi & Ssipak". Film Comment. Retrieved 2014-10-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Scatological Animation to Hit Screens After Eight Years". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 June 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (2 July 2006). "Adult Animation Has Arrived". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "Aachi & Ssipak". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-03-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Aachi & Ssipak". Mondo Media. Archived from the original on 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-10-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Mack, Andrew (7 February 2014). "Mondo Media Is Relaunching Korean Animation AACHI & SSIPAK". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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