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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.

Director:

Dong-hoon Choi

Writers:

Dong-hoon Choi, Ho-min Ju (character created by: Woochi)
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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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Taglines:

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Jeon Woo Chi (2012) See more »

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Great fun
8 June 2010 | by aaronrourkeSee all my reviews

Combining fantasy, adventure, action and humour to maximum effect, this lively Korean film deserves to be seen by as big an audience as possible. Writer/director Dong-hun Choi, best-known for his excellent con-artist films THE BIG SWINDLE (2004) and TAZZA : THE HIGH ROLLERS (2006), takes an unexpected turn into fantasy/action territory, but again shows why he is such a highly-regarded film-maker. Using the time-travel premise that was well-used in films such as ICEMAN COMETH (from Hong Kong) and of course HIGHLANDER, WOO-CHI makes the most of the material, helped along by a strong cast and superior technical crew. Dong-won Kang (from SECRET REUNION, DUELIST, VOICE OF A MURDERER, and the very funny TOO BEAUTIFUL TOO LIE)is excellent as the title character, making a flawed, at-times quite vein person likable. The great Yun-seok Kim, who impressed audiences in RUNNING TURTLE and inparticular in the brilliant THE CHASER, is perfectly cast as Woo-chi's main nemesis. Su-jeong Lim (from Park Chan-wook's under-rated I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OK and the outstanding A TALE OF TWO SISTERS)is perfect as the object of Woo-chi's affections. It's also great to see Dong-hun regular Yun-shik Baek (TAZZA / THE BIG SWINDLE / THE ART OF FIGHTING / SAVE THE GREEN PLANET) make a very welcome appearance. With $200 million Hollywood productions failing to make the grade, it is wonderful to see a film like WOO-CHI deliver such high-class entertainment on a fraction of the budget. Fast-paced, exciting, very funny, and full of vibrant, involving characters, JEON WOO-CHI : THE TAOIST WIZARD will certainly be one of my best films of the year. One hopes it will get a proper international release (unfortunately the director's other films have yet to achieve a deserving release outside of South Korea).


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