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Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
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From the director of My Beautiful Girl Mari comes Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox, a beautiful animated fairy tale about a young fox spirit's quest for love and humanity. It has been over four years since Lee Seong Kang made a splash with My Beautiful Girl Mari, winning the Grand Prix at the Annecy Animated Film Festival. Though Korea has a thriving animation industry thanks to plentiful outsource work from Japan and the US, the country itself has few representative pieces, oft-overshadowed by Japan's giant anime output, and Lee's debut opened a new page for Korean animation by garnering unprecedented international recognition. Lee's highly anticipated second feature-length animated film, Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (a.k.a. Cobby the Fox), continues the wistfully fanciful aesthetic and atmosphere of his previous work, employing a mix of traditional and 3-D animation, with backgrounds rendered in watercolor and a stirring score from New Age pianist Yang Bang Ean.

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox revolves around a kumiho, a nine-tailed fox that can assume different forms including human. Kumiho are familiar figures in Korean folk tales, and they are usually depicted as magical creatures that take female form to lure and prey on humans. This time, however, our protagonist is a young, kind-hearted fox with only five tails, instead of nine. The film is written by renowned director Lee Chang Dong (Green Fish), and voiced by Son Ye Jin (April Snow), Gong Hyung Jin (Marrying the Mafia III), and Ryu Deok Hwan (Like a Virgin).

After losing her family to fox hunters, five-tailed Yobi (voiced by Son Ye Jin) lives in the forest with some shipwrecked aliens, far away from the humans. When one of her alien friends gets captured by a villager, Yobi has no choice but to adventure into the human world to rescue him. At the village, Yobi meets many humans, including Geum Yee (Ryu Deok Hwan) who studies at a school for maladjusted children. Interested in Geum Yee, Yobi joins the students and revels in the fun of human life, but both a fox hunter and a mysterious shadow man are on her trail.

This two-disc edition includes the following features:

  • Making Of
  • Interview with Director and Producer
  • Son Ye Jin, Ryu Deok Hwan, and Gong Hyung Jin Dubbing Session
  • Interview with Crew
  • Art Design
  • Trailers
  • Theme Song
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    Product Title: Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 五尾狐 (DVD) (雙碟版) (韓/國語配音) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 五尾狐 (DVD) (双碟版) (韩/国语配音) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) 千年狐ヨウビ (2枚組)(台湾版) Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
    Also known as: Cobby the Fox Cobby the Fox Cobby the Fox Cobby the Fox Cobby the Fox
    Artist Name(s): Son Ye Jin | Gong Hyung Jin | Ryu Deok Hwan 孫 藝珍 | 孔炯軫 | 柳德煥 孙 艺珍 | 孔炯轸 | 柳德焕 ソン・イェジン | コン・ヒョンジン | リュ・ドクファン 손 예진 | 공 형진 | 류덕환
    Director: Lee Seong Kang Lee Seong Kang Lee Seong Kang イ・ソンガン Lee Seong Kang
    Release Date: 2008-09-19
    Language: Korean, Mandarin
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Country of Origin: South Korea
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1, Letterboxed
    Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9, DVD-5
    Region Code: All Region What is it?
    Duration: 86 (mins)
    Publisher: Horng En Culture Co., Ltd.
    Other Information: 2DVDs
    Package Weight: 200 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012002031

    Product Information

    * 音效格式:LPCM
    * DVD Type:
    - 電影: DVD-9
    - 花絮: DVD-5
    * 幕後花絮內容(73分鐘):
    ˙五尾狐誕生過程 32分鐘
    ˙李成疆導演、李慧媛製片專訪 9分鐘
    ˙孫藝珍、柳德煥、孔炯軫 幕後配音 11分鐘
    ˙幕後工作人員專訪 15分鐘
    ˙美術設計(繪圖設計 54秒 背景設計 8分鐘 人物性格 8分鐘 音效道具1分鐘)
    ˙預告篇(劇場版預告2分鐘 TV spot 1分 音樂錄影帶3分鐘)
    ˙主題曲錄製 7分鐘

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      因為太空船故障而迫降於地球的外星幽幽們,在山裡與一隻被拋棄的小狐狸─優比生活在一起。一百年後,好不容易把太空船修好的幽幽,正開心可以回家時,粗心大意的皮皮幽卻不小心毀了大家的苦心,而他也因為大家的責難憤而離家出走,逃到山腳下的小學裡,還被人類抓了起來,為了救他優比因此化身為人類,潛入小學,想伺機把他帶回來。 混進小學裡的優比遇到了一個和自己年紀相仿且個性很合的人類男孩─小金,因而開始嚮往成為真正的人類。沒想到此時出現了個「影子偵探」竟利用優比的願望,奪走了小金的靈魂。為了救小金,優比決定獨自進入未知的靈魂世界,把小金帶回來…
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    Professional Review of "Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

    June 5, 2007

    This professional review refers to Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
    In 2002 director Lee Sung-Gang's first animated feature, Love Fantasy: My Beautiful Girl Mari, was released. Soppy English title notwithstanding, this was a surprisingly mature children's story where all the characters behaved realistically, which had a very distinct and abstract look to it. That look was maybe too distinct for some people. It resembled a well-made Flash-animation rather than something which was supposed to be shown in cinema's. In fact some people tell me this actually IS a Flash-animation. Be that as it may, it really marked Lee Sung-Gang as someone to watch and if he keeps making movies of that level of quality, well, he just might earn that title of "next Miyazaki" some already are using for him. For his next animated feature, Lee didn't use the Flash-technique: Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox has become an exquisite example of traditional animation with some very well-made CG enhancements.

    Yobi is one of the fabled nine-tailed foxes, magical animals that have a terrible reputation as soul stealing shapechangers which can live to be a thousand years old. However, Yobi is only a hundred, which means she's like a ten-year-old girl and only has five tails. Abandoned as a small child, she's been raised by a group of stranded aliens who have been trying for decades to repair their crashed spaceship, hiding away from mankind in an abandoned amusement park. After a failed test flight ends in catastrophe, one of the aliens accidentally gets found by students from a "school for dysfunctional children" who keep him as a pet.

    Yobi infiltrates the school disguised as a student to find and rescue the alien, but she quickly finds out that she really likes being human, making friends with the other students. This creates a complicated situation, because for Yobi to become a human permanently she must first steal the soul of another human who has fallen in love with her, which means killing him. Not that there is a shortage of people starting to love her, including a teacher who falls head-over-heels for Yobi when she disguises herself as a "human mother". Meanwhile, one mysterious person is hunting her, while another mysterious person keeps saving her. And in the forest nearby a portal to the afterlife opens and closes at every full moon...

    You might be forgiven to start frowning the moment you read "magical animals" and "stranded aliens" in the same sentence, unless it's in an article bashing the genre of SF and fantasy. It's certainly a fairly unique concept to use BOTH in the same story without making the point that one is really a kind of the other. The aliens are clearly technological, while Yobi and several other creatures are mythical. Throw in the group of dysfunctional children and the portal to the afterlife and this film looks more convoluted by the minute. And it is. The aliens seem to come from another movie altogether and their subplot lacks a satisfying resolution. Things like the portal come out of nowhere and might just as well be labelled "Imminent Plot Device". And there are so many plot points which need to be verbally explained that Yobi asks questions she should have known the answers to a long time ago (having lived with the aliens for a century you might for example think she would have asked about their home planet a bit earlier than the night they plan to leave).

    But the central story concerns Yobi and her growing wish to be amongst humans, and this is where the movie shines and succeeds. Yobi is so well written and animated that you never get tired of watching her, and she makes the viewer root for her from start to finish. This also goes for some of the other main characters, but as mentioned before, some of the various subplots fall flat. Still, with the main story fairly intact this isn't too big an issue and didn't spoil my enjoyment much.

    Technically this film is a marvel and looks accomplished enough to go head-to-head with many a Ghibli. The animation makes liberal use of 3D computer models which have been cell-shaded afterwards, making them look as if hand drawn. This causes some fine effects, like the camera turning around a tree and every single branch and leaf moving independently in correct perspective, but still not looking as if it came from a computer. Stunning stuff and certainly showy, but the film never loses track of the heart that's underneath it. As such it contains two scenes that I really found moving, something no Disney of the last 15 years can boast of.

    CJ-Entertainment has released Yobi as a two disk Special Edition (not that a non-special one exists), and the amaray is housed in a very pretty iridescent slipcase. There are two different versions. Funny enough both the slipcase and the amaray make mention of the "SPECIAL FESTURES", and indeed none of these "festures" are English friendly.

    Video looked fine on my 32" TV, sharp and with vibrant colors. I'd say excellent, but on my computer I noticed something ugly: one out of every 3 or 4 images is "combed", something that is easily noticeable and very distracting. And, I'm led to believe by several sites, totally unnecessary. But like I said, it looked stellar on my TV.

    Audio is fine, with the DTS sufficiently loud during the more frantic moments. The English subtitles do contain some spelling errors (just like the packaging!), missing words and bad grammar, but nothing to get too worked up about.

    The menu is easy to use, very English friendly, nicely animated and fit the movie perfectly.

    Disk 1 has an audio-commentary with director Lee Sung-Gang and crew, but it's not subtitled. Disk 2 shows the recording sessions, some deleted scenes, some trailers and four galleries which are interesting for a change: general animation, background scenery, 3D-models of most characters, and finally the designs of various things.

    Faults and all, this movie has had several repeat viewings in my household already. It may not reach the lofty height of the best Ghiblis, but it certainly holds it's own against the likes of, for instance, The Cat Returns, or anything from studio Gonzo. Uneven, but still highly recommended. And I can't wait to see what Lee Sung-Gang does next!

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    Customer Review of "Yobi - The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)

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    February 26, 2008

    This customer review refers to Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (DVD) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
    wrong list of items Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    The movie is excellent, but it really should be stressed here, that this limited editions disk contains NO deleted scenes. A real pity for the any anime fan. The list of items for the second disc must be corrected.
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    May 18, 2007

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    1 people found this review helpful

    Fun for the Kids & Adults! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I just finished watching this movie and it was absolutely good. The ending was really touching and moved me to tears too!! Usually, gumihos are depicted in a bad light. They are usually portrayed as evil beings, but in this movie, we see Yobi, the kind hearted gumiho. Although she looks 10, she is really 100 years old. The movie starts with an alien crashing near Yobi's territory one night. It was kinda humourous to see aliens living with a gumiho. There are funny parts to this movie, like the aliens talking about puberty and slapping each other to portray love. You'll laugh when you see that part. Haha. This movie would be rated a G for General Audience and anyone should watch it. It's entertaining to the kids as well as to the adults. I thought it was very good. The soundtrack is well-done as well. I love the song that Yobi was singing with Geum-hee, a very very cute song. The dance they did was cute too. I want to imitate it now. Anyway, I really recommend this movie. I loved the time I spent watching it and I'm sure you won't regret it too. ;)
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