From the dreamy, nostalgic My Beautiful Girl, Mari to the absolutely brutal King of Pigs, South Korea has produced a number of interesting, critically well-received, commercial-troubled animated features. One of these, the gross out Aachi & Ssipak, is finally coming to North America thanks to Mondo Media (Happy Tree Friends, Dick Figures).
Jo Beom-jin's Flash animated Aachi & Ssipak short received international attention when it was introduced in 2001, but after the box office failures of My Beautiful Girl, Mari and Wonderful Days, it took until 2006 for financing to be secure and the production completed.
Now, after a festival run and a few more intervening years, the film is finally coming to North America, "reconfigured" by Dick Figures creators Ed Skudder & Zack Keller.
It arrives digitally in the U.S. and Canada on February 11. This includes a ‘Streamium’ release on Mondo's YouTube channel, wherein the feature length film is distributed in weekly ad-supported chapters on YouTube while simultaneously being released in its entirety on Google Play and other paid/rental digital platforms.
DVD and Blu-ray releases are scheduled for March 11.
SYNOPSIS: Aachi & Ssipak are 2 likable street hoodlums who scrape by stealing and selling "Juicybars," highly addictive blue popsicles distributed by the government in exchange for human excrement, the only usable fuel in Shibal, a dystopian, futuristic, post-apocalyptic city. Aachi and Ssipak hook up with "Beautiful," a blue-haired, wannabe-actress with a lucrative knack for making the Juicybars pile up. Aachi, the entrepreneur, exploits her special talent and Ssipak, the romantic, falls in love with her. Rich in Juicybars, the threesome go on a rock star tearup that makes them a target. They are pursued relentlessly by both the Diaper Gang, an army of violent blue mutants led by the Diaper King, and the police. AACHI & SSIPAK is a crazy, high octane story driven by a contemporary dubstep sound track with some of the most mind blowing action scenes ever to be animated.