Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard - A Review of the 2009 Korean Fantasy Action Comedy Film
Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard is a 2009 Korean film directed by Choi Dong-hoon and starring Kang Dong-won, Lim Soo-jung, Kim Yoon-seok and Yoo Hae-jin. The film is based on the legend of Jeon Woochi, a famous Taoist scholar and sorcerer from the Joseon dynasty who was said to have acquired his powers from a nine-tailed fox. The film mixes historical fantasy with modern comedy, as Jeon Woochi travels from the 16th century to the present day to fight against evil goblins who have stolen a magical pipe that can control the world.
The film was a box office hit in South Korea, attracting over 6 million viewers and grossing over $38 million worldwide[^1^]. It received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the film's humor, action, special effects and performances. The film was also nominated for several awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the 2010 Baeksang Arts Awards[^2^].
The film is divided into two parts: the first part shows Jeon Woochi's origin story and his rivalry with his mentor Hwadam, who betrays him and traps him in a painting for 500 years; the second part shows Jeon Woochi's adventures in modern Seoul, where he teams up with his loyal dog Chorangyi (who has transformed into a human) and a reporter named Seo In-kyeong (who is the reincarnation of his love interest) to stop the goblins from unleashing chaos. Along the way, Jeon Woochi has to deal with culture shock, police pursuit, media attention and his own ego.
The film is a fun and entertaining ride that showcases Kang Dong-won's charisma and versatility as an actor. He plays Jeon Woochi as a witty, arrogant and rebellious hero who is also charming, loyal and romantic. He has great chemistry with Lim Soo-jung, who plays Seo In-kyeong as a smart, brave and independent woman who is not easily impressed by Jeon Woochi's antics. Kim Yoon-seok is also impressive as Hwadam, the villainous wizard who has a complex relationship with Jeon Woochi. He portrays Hwadam as a cunning, ambitious and ruthless character who also has a sense of honor and regret. Yoo Hae-jin provides comic relief as Chorangyi, Jeon Woochi's faithful sidekick who is loyal, naive and hilarious.
The film also boasts impressive visual effects and action scenes that blend traditional martial arts with modern technology. The film creates a vivid and colorful world of magic and fantasy that contrasts with the realistic and mundane setting of Seoul. The film also incorporates elements of Korean culture and history, such as Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Joseon dynasty costumes and architecture, goblins, nine-tailed foxes and more.
Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard is a highly enjoyable film that offers a fresh and original take on the legend of Jeon Woochi. It is a film that appeals to both fans of Korean cinema and general audiences who are looking for a fun and exciting adventure. It is a film that showcases the talent and creativity of Korean filmmakers and actors. aa16f39245