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Woochi (2009)

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Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

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Dong-hoon Choi

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Dong-hoon Choi, Ho-min Ju (character created by: Woochi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dong-won Gang ... Jeon Woo-chi
Soo-jung Lim ... Seo In-kyeong
Yoon-seok Kim ... Hwa-dam
Hae-jin Yoo ... Chorangyi
Young-chang Song ... Buddhist monk
Sang-ho Kim ... Priest
Woo-seon Seon Woo-seon Seon ... Female doctor / goblin
Jeong-hwan Kong Jeong-hwan Kong ... Helper / goblin
Nam-Hee Park Nam-Hee Park ... Noble Married Woman
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon ... King
Bang Kil-Seung Bang Kil-Seung ... Man Wearing Yellow Hanbok 1
Ji-min Kim Ji-min Kim ... Man Wearing Yellow Hanbok 3
Ki-Cheon Kim Ki-Cheon Kim ... Nobleman
Yeon-su Seo Yeon-su Seo ... Palace girl
Yeong-jin Sin Yeong-jin Sin ... Mastermind
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Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

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World beware. The wizard is coming.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

23 December 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Wizards See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Remade as Jeon Woo Chi (2012) See more »

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Quite entertaining but drags on slightly
26 July 2010 | by Quebec_DragonSee all my reviews

For once, I found the movie actually better than the underwhelming trailer. Woochi is an action fantasy comedy movie with one half taking place in the past and the other in modern South Korea. It's not traditional fantasy with traditional magic. The so-called goblins, only fantasy creatures in here, are actually beast-men able to take human appearance and you only really see two of them (maybe 3 depending on how you count). However, they're really well done and animated. The magic is of the taoist kind with "spells" written on little pieces of paper. Sounds lame but works wonderfully. I found it quite different than the usual and often a delight to behold. Wooji, the title character, is a very confident trickster mage who is a lot of fun and his introduction was a great moment. He's constantly surprising and I loved the character as well as his comic-relief sidekick. The 3 taoist monks were also quite enjoyable and got way more interesting as the movie went on. The ambiguous and stoic main villain had a lot of presence but the "goblins", although excellent martial artists, were bland in terms of personality.

The plot and motives, mostly exposed in the starting moments and in snippets afterwards, were quite forgettable and not really necessary for enjoyment. The special effects were very well done combining seamlessly CGI and real actors. It was even better sometimes than big-budget American movies. Not only that but there were several beautiful original sequences rarely or never seen before (at least by me). Some of those include going in and out of paintings, multiplication of bodies (think Naruto) and flying tramways. The action scenes were exciting and very cool but unfortunately the fights were often too closed-in and fast for my poor eyes. The comedic moments were funny and didn't turn the film into bad parody. I must admit becoming fidgety and my mind wandering more than half-way through as if the movie was too long or had lost part of my interest. I've seen movies that were as long or longer not thinking of when they would end as I did in Woochi. I had a good time watching this film and would recommend a rental to those who like somewhat exotic martial arts fantasies with comedic elements.

Rating : 7 out of 10.


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