Woochi: The Demon Slayer (2009)

Director: Choi Dong Hoon
Casts: Gang Dong Won, Lim Soo Jung, Kim Yun Seok, Baek Yun Shik, Yu Hae Jin, Yum Jung Ah, Joo Jin Mo, Kim Sang Ho, and Song Young Chang
Genre: Action, Comedy and Fantasy
Running Time: 136 minutes
Certi: 12

This is a story about a wizard named Jeon Woo Chi (Gang Dong Wan). During the Chosun Dynasty in 1509, there is a dog tuned man, a trio of Taoist wizards, and goblins. The most important item that almost everyone wants to get is the magic pipe which controls the goblin. Woochi was sealed in an ancient scroll for a crime he did not commit. Fast forward to the year 2009, the wizards called for Woochi to save the modern Korean city from the evil goblins. For Woochi, he is amazed about the modern days in Korea while he is supposed to be the hero to destroy evil for good.

It’s an entertaining film to watch with myths, legends, creatures, and action from Chosun Dynasty to the year 2009. It’s funny how a traditional wizard, Woochi, tries to adapt himself to the modern city Korea. I enjoyed how this guy shows up his magic powers to fight against evil. Also, it’s quite funny on whatever he tries to do even though he looks cool. For example, he goes into the screen, grabs something from the screen, moving objects with his magic, and making his own minions to fight with the demons. There are a lot of things I admired because of his action while, at times, I laughed at his comedic magical powers. Gang Dong Wan is the guy with a mix of coolness and comedic personality.

Besides that, to add more comedic elements in this film, Woochi’s friend and the Taoist wizards are so funny that I face palm on things that are unexpected or whenever they say that makes me laugh. I’m absolutely glad about the bad wizard who aims to take over the world. It’s because of his motives and his evil glare which gives me the chills. At least, he is a proper bad guy in this film.

The CGI effects in this film are perfect. From the settings to the action scenes and to the goblins that seem look real. I would say that the magic and characters came out from the storybook. I’m surprised that Director Choi pointed out that they hardly used the green screen. Instead, the cranes are used for the filming. Also, the computer technology was used to make the characters so real in using their magical powers. I’m absolutely impressed on how the technology is used in this film. It makes the myth and fantasy come to life.
However, this film was way too fast. What I mean is that the storyline goes really too fast that I couldn’t keep up with it such as going from one scene to another. There were links between the characters between the Chosun Dynasty and the year 2009 but the flow of the story is going in full speed. Also, a few characters, Woochi’s friend, talked way to fast that I couldn’t understand what he said. I admit that I don’t understand Korean but still the speed in talking is seriously fast that I couldn’t catch up even though there are English subtitles with it.

Director Choi has indeed use different genres in film which is totally different than other common Korean films like romantic comedy or focusing on societal issues. This film has interesting genres of action, comedy, and fantasy which is not out-of-focus. The action, laughter, and computer graphics are great and entertaining. It was an interesting mixed of genres in this film. But, the story itself needs to take it slow. If it was at a steady pace, I could catch up this film. If not, there are lots of things that I need to take in.

Rating: 7/10

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