A Dog’s Courage Blu-ray Review


  • Actors: Doh Kyung-soo, Park So-dam
  • Director: Oh Sung-yoon
  • Format: Subtitled, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: Well Go Usa
  • Release Date: August 18, 2020
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

         There is a universality to animation which has otherwise been lost since the arrival of sound in film. It doesn’t matter what nation made the film when we are watching are constructed images; the common act of amorphization often meaning there are even fewer ways of distinguishing culture, and Disney long ago proved that cultural appropriation can be an effective tool. With a quick redubbing by voice actors in each language, it can be easy for an animated film to be accepted as essentially nationless. A Dog’s Courage (translated as Underdog from the original South Korean title), on the other hand, provides a narrative that is distinct in its representation of a precise place, however universal the overlaying canine storyline may be.