Friday, April 30, 2010

South Korea’s Giant Robot

Robot Taekwon V (로보트 태권 V) (known in the US as Voltar the Invincible) is a South Korean animated film directed by Kim Cheong-gi and produced by Yu Hyun-mok, the prominent director of such films as Obaltan (오발탄) (Aimless Bullet) (1960). It was released on July 24, 1976, immediately becoming a mega-smashed hit in the late 1970s, and consequently inspired a string of sequels in followng years. Robot Taekwon V was released in the United States in a dubbed format under the name Voltar the Invincible. Robot Taekwon V became the first Korean film to receive full digital restoration treatment in 2005. In Japan, it is known as a plagiarism of Mazinger Z.

The show achieved great popularity and today Robot Taekwon V is present in Korean culture as a full-size sculpture, on ads and in various remade forms. The live action movie was expected to released in 2009, but now you can only find a poster image at its official website.
Motion captured is used for the robot animation, he will play martial art Taekwondo. See the video below.

[via Robot War Expresso] More information you can find here

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