Aachi & Ssipak

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Aachi & Ssipak
Aachi & Ssipak film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Revised Romanization Achiwha Ssipak
McCune–Reischauer Ach‘iwa ssip‘ang
Directed by Jo Beom-jin
Produced by Kim Seon-ku
Park Se-jun
Written by Kang Sang-kyun
Jeong Hye-won
Jo Beom-jin
Starring Ryoo Seung-bum
Im Chang-jung
Hyun Young
Music by Kang Ki-young
Cinematography Lee Chung-bok
Edited by Kim Yun-gi
Seo Dong-hyeon
Park Han-jae
Production
company
JTeam Studios
Distributed by Studio2.0
Release dates
  • June 28, 2006 (2006-06-28)
Running time 90 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$3 million

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

Plot[edit]

Sometime 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", 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, whose defecations are 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

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 version[edit]

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, dubbed English voice acting was featured and an entirely new soundtrack (a DJ-rap music score by Mad Decent's Kevin Seaton).[2]

References[edit]

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

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