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Feature 8.0
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Audio 8.0
Distributor: Reel DVD
Running Time: 120
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Simon Black

8.0


Woochi
(Screener)

Jeon Woochi is an undisciplined, happy-go-lucky wizard living in Koreaís Joseon Dynasty, here depicted as a colourful, unpredictable age in which men intermingle with gods and mythical beasts.  In this alternate historical reality the mischievous Woochi is tasked with tracking and defeating a cabal of demonic goblins that were accidentally set free from an ancient realm by three inept deities. 

Unfortunately for humanity Woochi finds himself, through series of misadventures mostly involving his own ego, imprisoned for 500 years in a painting by these same gods.  Eventually they realise they need him after all, and so they free the unrepentant wizard, setting him loose not only on evil but on an unsuspecting modern populace. 

Also known by a series of alternate titles including Woochi: Goblin Wizard, The Tao Fighter: Woochi and Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard, this is a well-crafted, dynamic and hugely enjoyable feature.

Flitting masterfully between present day Seoul and superstitious rural communities of the 16th century, the film incorporates elements of Hellboy, all manner of Chinese epics and Takeshiís Zatoichi, often to excellent comic effect.  The stunts and special effects are convincing considering the filmís comparatively modest budget and the Crouching Tiger-esque wire work is accomplished. 

It may wear its influences on its sleeve, but Woochi is so whimsical, and so much fun, that any lapse of originality is instantly forgivable.  Itís another well-chosen import from Reel DVD, and a shamefully overlooked classic of Korean comedy that will appeal to fans of all ages. 






 
 



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