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Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox (2007)

Cheon-nyeon-yeo-woo-yeo-woo-bi (original title)
After losing her family to fox hunters, five-tailed Yobi lives in the forest with some shipwrecked aliens, far away from the humans. When one of her alien friends gets captured by a ... See full summary »

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Seong-gang Lee

Writer:

Seong-gang Lee
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ye-jin Son ... Yobi (voice)
Deok-Hwan Ryu ... Hwang Geum-ee (voice)
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After losing her family to fox hunters, five-tailed Yobi 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. Written by trakt.tv

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Animation | Fantasy

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Inspired by the Korean horror legend "Gumiho," about a fox's attempt to steal the soul of a young man. "Yeu Woo Bi" transfers this story to a contemporary setting, makes the fox the protagonist rather than the antagonist and sympathizes with her. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.4 (2008) See more »

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Comparisons to Miyazaki drew me in, but the film disappointed.
4 October 2016 | by ModrantoSee all my reviews

I can see why this film has been compared to Miyazaki's works. Its best feature is its beautiful 2D (mostly) animation. Some of the story elements compare nicely, too. This is a tale a magical five tailed fox, Yobi, that inquisitively watches humans from a distance before finally getting a good excuse to change her form into a young girl and go spend time among the humans. There's potential there, but unfortunately this film gets off track far too often and never delivers much character depth.

One of the primary sources of derailment is a family of aliens that Yobi lives with. I think they are meant to be lighthearted, comedic relief characters and a bit of a plot crutch, but they are neither interesting nor funny. Numerous other side characters get a scene or two where we learn about them. However, in an 85 minute film they are never given a chance to grow, resulting in a sense that the filmmakers spread themselves too thin. The lack of depth and focus might not bother younger audiences, but those of us hoping for vibrant characters worthy of Miyazaki will be left wanting.

My final recommendation is--unless you are satisfied by nice visuals alone--don't be fooled by those invoking Miyazaki, because in this case the parallels are only skin-deep.


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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

25 January 2007 (South Korea) See more »

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Budget:

KRW2,700,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,779,260
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