GenreAction, Fantasy, Animation CountrySouth Korea
Release dateJuly 17, 2003 (2003-07-17) WriterMichael Keyes, Moon-saeng Kim, Jay Lender, Jun-Young Park, Sunmin Park (adaptation), Yong-jun Park, Howard Rabinowitz (English Language adaptation), Jeffrey Winter (adaptation), Micah Wright Initial releaseJuly 17, 2003 (South Korea) CastJoon-ho Chung (voice actor (Korean Version)), Marc Worden (Shua (voice: English version)), Catherine Cavadini (Jay / Young Shua / Cheyenne (voice: English version)), David Naughton (voice actor (English Version)), Bob Papenbrook (Goliath (voice: English version)), Jamie Simone (Dispatcher (voice: English version)) Music directorIl Won, Sam Spiegel, JaeIl Sim ScreenplayKim Moon-saeng, Jun-Young Park, Sunmin Park Similar moviesJurassic World, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Self/less, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Mission: Impossible II, The Incredibles
TaglineA fantastic journey to the future begins
Wonderful days trailer
Wonderful Days (also known as Sky Blue) is a South Korean animated science fiction film, released in 2003, written and directed by Kim Moon-saeng. It features backdrops rendered using photo-realistic computer-generated imagery, comparable to those in the film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, along with the use of highly detailed models for some of the backdrops into which the cel animated characters were then animated. However, convincing CGI animation of humans (especially human movement) was not attempted. The backgrounds in the film were shot with traditional motion control techniques, then processed to look like CG. The vehicles were all rendered, and the characters were cel animated.
Wonderful Days is set in 2142. Environmental pollution has led to a breakdown of human civilization. A technologically advanced city named Ecoban was built and it harvests energy from the DELOS System, which uses pollution in a carbonite catalyzed reaction to generate power. Carbonite extraction is carried out by people who live outside the city in the surrounding wasteland. Among them is an enigmatic young man known as Shua (Marc Worden). He ends up in a love triangle with his childhood friend, Jay (Cathy Cavadini), and her superior, Ecoban security commander Cade (Kirk Thornton).
The film deals with environmental destruction, pollution and class struggle.
Along with CG effects, a set of miniatures for buildings, mechanics, and characters were built and filmed with HDW-F900 which was codeveloped by Sony and Lucasfilm and one of two prototype Frazier lens (the other was used for Star Wars by Lucasfilm).
The film has been released in numerous Western countries such as the U.S. and Great Britain under the title Sky Blue. These versions have been slightly distorted, with the loss of two minutes' running time compared to an original Korean cut. Other Western countries such as France and Finland have kept its original title—which is a Hangul transliteration of the English phrase "Wonderful Days" (it would be rendered in Revised Romanization as "Wondeopul Deijeu"). The film was scheduled for release in the US on Blu-ray disc on June 28, 2008. As that date neared, it was re-scheduled for June 23, 2009, however the financial situation of Palisades Tartan in America has thrown a U.S. domestic release into doubt.
In Japan, the film was adapted by Gainax. According to adaptation director Hiroshi Yamaga, Gainax changed the direction of the film to make the dialogue less "alien" to Japanese viewers.
On May 15, 2013 the film was released on a limited edition Blu-ray in Korea that includes an Extended version of the film.
Ji Hoon Choi - Shua
Yeong Seon Eun - Jay
In Seong O - Cade
Se Chang Maeng - Young Shua
Marc Worden - Shua
Cathy Cavadini - Jay, Young Shua, Cheyenne
David Naughton - Commander Locke, Dr. Noah
Bob Papenbrook - Goliath, Governor, Typon
Jamie Simone - Dispatcher
Kirk Thornton - Cade
Andrew Ableson - Zed, Digger Leader
Karl Wiedergott - Moe, Digger Foreman
Rebecca Wink - Woody, Young Jay
Sunmin Park - Maya
Jamie Simone - Dispatcher
Jeffrey Winter - Trooper
Marc Scarpa - Trooper
Mark Lindsay - Trooper, Sentry
Wonderful Days was screened at the following film festivals:
Sitges International Film Festival, 2003;
San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2003;
Cannes Film Festival, 2003;
Sundance Film Festival, 2004;
Brussels Fantasy Film Festival, 2004;
Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2004;