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->''"Like ''Film/KingKong'', [[RecycledINSPACE but with missiles!]]"''
-->-- ''New York Times'' review

''D-War'', also called ''Dragon Wars'', is a 2007 South Korean monster movie. Unlike [[{{Tokusatsu}} some Asian monster movies]], such as the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise, ''D-War'' uses abundant high-quality CGI and the effects have been compared to the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and the 2005 ''Film/KingKong''. 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 [[TheChosenOne special]] young woman. But Buraki is thwarted thanks to the HeroicSacrifice of the Yuh Yi Joo and her faithful warrior companion.

Circa the year 2000, the Yuh Yi Joo and her companion are reborn, and Buraki sees another chance to capture her and gain her power. Buraki summons his evil army of dark armored warriors riding dinosaurs and flying dragon-things, which proceed to duke it out with an army of modern soldiers, tanks and helicopters. A dramatic chase ensues, full of monsters and explosions.

Contrast ''Film/TheHost'', which is a genuinely good South Korean monster movie made the year before.

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!!''D-War'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Buraki's lieutenant, General Atrox getting hit by a car, ''twice''.
* AlternateDVDCommentary: Complements of Podcast/RiffTrax
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The hero and heroine do not learn anything from the failure of their predecessors.
* BittersweetEnding: So not only does [[spoiler: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?
* BlackBestFriend : 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.
* BMovie: Albeit one with decent CG.
* TheChosenOne: Sarah, the Yuh Yi Joo.
* DoingItForTheArt:
** 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.
** The score was made by Music/SteveJablonsky, famous for the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films, who apparently scored the film at a cost far below his normal salary because he liked the idea.
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Way too many of the defenders.
* DownerEnding: The hero, a modern day reporter, is left in the scarred wastelands of a forgotten realm, completely alone, and with no obvious way of getting back to present day Los Angeles.
* DullSurprise
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Buraki's evil army rides some very dinosaur-like creatures, some of which have rocket launchers on their backs. Which brings us to [[DinosaursAreDragons another trope]]...
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Cars and Apaches.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Buraki's right hand man, [[FanNickname General Atrox]]. Particularly ridiculous because he tries to pass as a normal human and no one notices his ridiculously deep voice.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Buraki has a massive army that can kick even the modern American Army's ass. What does Heaven send to stop them? Two guys.
* IdiotBall: Ethan
* MadeOfExplodium: There are lots and lots of explosions in this film.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Atrox Army.
* MookLieutenant: [[FanNickname General Atrox]].
* {{Mordor}}: Buraki's evil temple at the end. It even looks like the [[Film/LordOfTheRings Tower of Barad-dr]]!
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Especially when you unload a full magazine into the EvilArmy's thick shields instead of aiming for the unprotected limbs after the first few rounds bounced off.
* NoIndoorVoice: [[FanNickname General Atrox]], while not in human form. The chanting to "summon" Buraki is especially hilarious.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent. Five kinds:
** Imoogi: Giant, cobra like dragons with no limbs.
** Celestial Dragon: Typical Eastern dragon in appearance, and what an Imoogi becomes in possession of the Yooh Yi Joo.
** Chaccone: Miniature Allosaurus with horns, mounts of the evil army.
** Bulcos: Basically a ''Jurassic Park''-styled velociraptor, but with wings.
** Dawdler: A large, legless stegosaur-like creature with back cannons.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The stegosaurs-like Dawdlers that have rocket launchers on their back.
* RaptorAttack: The Bulcos are basically flying velociraptors. In one scene, when a Bulcos lands if front of the camera, a sickle-shaped, raptor-like claw is visible on each foot.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Buraki has evil red eyes with slitted pupils, in contrast to the Good Imoogi's eyes, which are blue and Siberian husky-like.
* RedshirtArmy: Civilian or military, everyone that fights back is killed without a second thought.
* RuleOfCool: Drives pretty much the entire movie.
* RuleOfPerception: For some reason bystanders never notice the 100-meter long giant snake until it is breathing down their necks...
* ScrewDestiny: Ethan's (past and present versions) rationale for eloping with their beloved, doesn't seem to grasp [[YouCantFightFate why this is futile]].
* SnipeHunt: The old master guy fakes a heart attack so that he can tell Ethan the old Korean legend.
* StarcrossedLovers
* StockScream: Not one but TWO Wilhelm Screams.
* TransformationSequence: The Good Imoogi as he becomes a Celestial Dragon. His skin peels off, his molted hide rains like snow, then legs and horns burst out of his body and head as he triumphantly roars. Too bad it's kind of dark to see it.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Both Jack and [[FanNickname General]] [[TheDragon Atrox]] are capable of this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[BlackBestFriend Bruce]] was last seen inside a crashed vehicle telling Ethan and Sarah that he'll be fine and to run away. They never showed whether or not Buraki killed him or if he got away.

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