Drama Review: Jeon Woo Chi

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Cast:
Cha Tae Hyun as Jeon Woo Chi / Lee Chi
Uee as Hong Moo Yeon
Lee Hee Joon as Kang Rim
Sung Dong Il as Do Sa
Kim Gab Soo as Ma Sook
Hong Jong Hyun as Seo Chan Hee
Lee Joo Yeon as Eun Woo
Baek Jin Hee as Lee Hye Ryeong
Jung Soo Young as Eul Yi
Lee Byung Joon as Ascetic Woon Bo
Ahn Yong Joon as Lee Geo
Kim Byung Se as Oh Yong
Kim Roe Ha as Mak Gae
Jang Won Young as Eo Joong
Park Joo Hyung as Oh Gyoo
Lee Jae Yong as So Chil
Jo Ha Rang as Gam Nae

Point Of View:
Well, we’ve seen many Korean Fantasy Dramas like Body Switching, Time Travelling, and Mystical Beings like 9 tailed fox and witches and so on. But JeonWooChi is a one kind fantasy drama which you wouldn’t seen. The characters have their own magical powers like witch and wizards, like in the Harry Potter sequel.

Jeon Woo Chi (Cha Tae Hyun) is a Taoist wizard who once studied under Hong Gil Dong. In order to rid the country of corruption and get his love Hong Moo Yeon (Uee) back, Jeon Woo Chi must fight against two other power wizards, Ma Sook (Kim Gab Soo) and Kang Rim (Lee Hee Joon).

Certainly the drama is a pack of talented actors, but Cha Tae Hyun takes the lead. It’s no surprise that Cha Tae Hyun is perfectly suited to play the wiseass-cracking Jeon Woo Chi. Jeon Woo Chi’s mischievous nature is what brings you in but his determination to fight for what he thinks is right is what makes you stay. Out of all the supporting character, I like Bong Gu (Sung Dong Il) Jeon Woochi’s Sidekick the best. Sure, he’s the comic relief but Sung Dong Il always manages to surprise me with how he portray each of his roles. Bong Gu is an uneducated con man until he encounters Jeon Woo Chi who entrusts him with helping Jeon Woo Chi’s cause. Bong Gu becomes an invaluable helper and I simply Cha Tae Hyun and Sung Dong Il have such great chemistry together. It’s a little hard to judge Uee’s acting in this drama as Moo Yeon is kind of a dull character. However, I thought she seemed decent early on being burdened with the emotional weight of her deeds all the while under Ma Sook’s spell. Later on, she also acts as Woo Chi’s conscience when his anger gets the better of him.

Kang Rim, on the other hand, was a pretty disappointing character. It’s not due to the way Lee Hee Joon plays him but the problem was in the way he was written. I’ve seen villains before but there wasn’t any further depth to his character. All the mystery, intrigue and hurt surrounding him fade away in the first act of the drama. I just lost interest in him because of the failed writing about the character. Adding to the problem with Kang Rim’s character is the issue that the stakes in the drama never escalated high enough. From Woo Chi’s first encounter with Kang Rim after leaving Yuldo to Moo Yeon coming to her senses and turning the tables on Ma Sook and Kang Rim.

Then it builds up to Kang Rim losing Ma Sook and to continue his plan of helping influential officials all the way to the throne. The drama also played with the notion of trust over and over and over again. It’s just all added up to a severe lack of intrigue. The most disappointing part of the drama as a cast of this extent of the drama deserves better. It’s not as if the writing was completely boring, but it’s just that the drama feels like children’s television as Jeon Woo Chi is a superhero who is fun but always manages to bring evildoers to justice at the end of the day. I guess the producers were just banking on the stardom of Cha Tae Hyun rather than plotting a complicated story.

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