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(Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard)
Sponsored by: Messenger Live! Plus

Canadian Premiere

  • South Korea 2009
  • 136 min
  • 35mm
  • Korean with English subtitles
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2010


Sci-Fi / FantasyComedyAction / Adventure

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Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Screenplay: Choi Dong-hoon
Cast: Gang Dong-won, Kim Yun-seok, Im Su-jeong, Yu Hae-jin
Producers: Eugene Lee, Katherine Kim, Lee Tae-hun
Print Source: M-Line

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In the distant past, half a millennium ago, evil, animalistic goblins are ravaging the Korea of the Chosun Dynasty, and have taken possession of a powerful magical artifact, the Pipe of the Prophecy. A trio of sorcerers seek the help of the land’s most formidable monks, the Master and Hwadam, and once they’ve wrested the pipe away from the goblins, they break it in two, to be certain its po-tential for destruction will not be unleashed. Later, when the Master is found murdered and his half of the pipe missing, blame is placed on his star student Woo-chi, who has a great talent for magic and even greater talent for pranks, rudeness and mischief. Woo-chi is trapped by the sorcerers inside a tapestry, as is his faithful sidekick Chorangyi, an enchanted dog in human form.

Five centuries later, in modern times, the seemingly immortal wizards—who hide their magical natures under drab, everyday clothes and behaviour—are again confronted by the goblins. They agree to release Woo-chi from the painting he’s trapped in so that he can help defeat these sinister demons. Is Woo-chi ready to deal with a world that has changed so drastically? More importantly… is our world ready to deal with Woo-chi, whose spell-weaving skills are eclipsed by his eternally cocksure attitude?

If you enjoyed Ryoo Seung-wan’s clever and exciting mix of ancient magic and modern style in ARAHAN at Fantasia in 2005, get ready for another round of whirlwind Korean fantasy action-comedy—Choi Dong-hoon’s delightful WOOCHI, resurrecting and reshaping a figure from Korean folklore. Gang Dong-won, who was so understated as the ethereal swordsman in DUELIST and in this year's Fantasia offering SECRET REUNION, unveils his knack for generating laughs while maintaining a cool, debonair charm—his Woo-chi isn’t about to let 500 years of societal and technological progress faze him! With a strong supporting cast, an intricate yet solid storyline and eye-popping digital effects and action scenes, WOOCHI will cast a spell of rapt enchantment on the Fantasia crowd!

—Rupert Bottenberg

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