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Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Beautiful Korean anime with confusing storyline.

Movie NR 2007 85 minutes
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There's no denying that the animation in this Korean anime is beautiful, but what keeps YOBI, THE FIVE-TAILED FOX from being better are the overly complicated storylines. The first 30 minutes are completely disorienting -- scenes with flying scarecrows, of spaceships powered by the flatulence of nail-eating aliens, of a five-tailed fox on the cusp of puberty, a mysterious "shadowman." It all, somehow, plays into the overarching message of kindness and compassion for those deemed "different," but so much of the complexity seems so, well, complex, that it's hard to tell who to root for early in the movie.

The movie is at its best when it focuses more on the relationships between the kids in the school. It's in those scenes where a simple universality prevails, one that transcends all cultural differences. This, especially the relationship that develops between Yobi and Geum-ee, is what tweens and older are most likely to latch onto. For younger viewers, the difficulty in the confusing storyline, coupled with, for non-Korean speaking audiences, the clunky subtitling, makes this a difficult movie to focus one's full attention.

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