Aachi & Ssipak
|Aachi & Ssipak|
|Revised Romanization||Achiwha Ssipak|
|Directed by||Jo Beom-jin|
|Produced by||Kim Seon-ku |
|Written by||Kang Sang-kyun|
|Music by||Kang Ki-young|
|Edited by||Kim Yun-gi |
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.
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. 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. It would take a total of eight years for the feature-length film to be finished.
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.
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. It was released digitally on February 11, 2014, and the DVD and Blu-ray were released a month later on March 11. 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.
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