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Woochi - The Demon Slayer (Blu-ray) (UK Version) Blu-ray Region B

Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Lim Soo Jung (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor)
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Ghostbusters gets a unique Korean twist with the fantasy action blockbuster Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard (a.k.a. Woochi - The Demon Slayer). Writer-director Choi Dong Hun departs from his popular heist films Tazza: The High Rollers and The Big Swindle for this big-budget, special effects-filled action romp that was equally popular with the Korean audience, earning over six million admissions over the 2009 Christmas period. The star-studded film featuring Kang Dong Won, Lim Soo Jung (Happiness, A Tale of Two Sisters), award-winning actor Kim Yoon Seok (The Chaser), and Yu Hae Jin (Truck) has proven to be so popular that a spin-off comic book series is already in the works.

Based on a Korean folktale, Jeon Woo Chi stars Kang Dong Won, who has quickly become one of Chungmuro's biggest stars with this film and Secret Reunion, as the titular character, a mischievous magician in the Joseon era. Framed as his master's murderer, Jeon and his dog are imprisoned inside a scroll by three wizards until 2009, when he is freed by the wizards to battle evil goblins in the big city. The trouble is that Jeon is more enthusiastic about his new home and womanizing than his appointed assignment.

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Product Title: Woochi - The Demon Slayer (Blu-ray) (UK Version) 田禹治 (Blu-ray) (英國版) 田禹治 (Blu-ray) (英国版) チョンウチ (Blu-ray) (UK版) 전우치
Also known as: Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard / The Tao Fighter Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard / The Tao Fighter Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard / The Tao Fighter Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard / The Tao Fighter Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard / The Tao Fighter
Artist Name(s): Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Lim Soo Jung (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) 姜東元 (Actor) | 林秀晶 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 廉貞婭 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) 姜东元 (Actor) | 林秀晶 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | 廉贞娅 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) カン・ドンウォン (Actor) | イム・スジョン (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | ヨム・ジョンア (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) 강동원 (Actor) | 임수정 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 염 정아 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor)
Director: Choi Dong Hun 崔東勳 崔东勋 チェ・ドンフン 최동훈
Blu-ray Region Code: B - Europe, Africa, Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand), Middle East, French Territories, Greenland What is it?
Release Date: 2011-05-02
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: PAL, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Cine-Asia (UK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024287559

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* Special Features:
- Audio Commentary by Bey Logan & Mike Leeder
- Trailer Gallery
- Deleted Scenes
- The Newest Korean Style Hero Movie
- Making of
- Interview Gallery
- Production Featurettes : The Magic of Computer Graphics - 4 Featurettes
- The Premiere
- The Press Conference
- The Showcase
- Plus additional 60 minute Featurette (Blu-Ray exclusive)

Director:Dong-hun Choi

Discover the movie that delivered the biggest box-office opening in Korean Cinema history and experience breathtaking hi-octane thrills from the celebrated action-director of "The Good, the Bad and The Weird" and "Brotherhood".

When a dark lord obtains the secret to unimaginable power, an elite army of shape-shifting goblins threatens to destroy the world, as we know it. However, just when all seems to be lost, a great warrior-wizard, named Woochi, travels through time to fight for the future of all mankind... Crammed with "Plenty of action and excitement (Beyond Hollywood)", Woochi the Demon Slayer is a "romping fun-packed fantasy adventure (Twitch)" that will thoroughly you from start to finish!
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Professional Review of "Woochi - The Demon Slayer (Blu-ray) (UK Version)"

August 9, 2010

This professional review refers to Jeon Woo Chi : The Taoist Wizard (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Big budget Korean fantasy Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard is the latest outing for writer director Choi Dong Hun, best known for hip crime flicks Tazza: The High Rollers and The Big Swindle. Although in dealing with an era spanning tale of wizards, goblins and magic he tries his hand at something a little different, the suave, roguish character of the title is very much in-keeping with his usual protagonists, and the film is a fun, mischievous affair. Popular star Kang Dong Won (also in recent hit Secret Reunion) takes the lead, with support from Lim Soo Jung (Happiness, A Tale of Two Sisters), award-winning actor Kim Yoon Seok (The Chaser), and Yu Hae Jin (Truck). The film was a box office smash during its Christmas 2009 release, pulling in over six million admissions, with a spin off comic book series currently being planned.

The film is loosely based upon Korean folktales, and begins in the Joseon era, with Kang Dong Won as impish wizard Woo Chi, who along with his sidekick and former dog Chorangyi (Yu Hae Jin) seems more interested in pursuing his own fame than helping his master to protect a magical pipe from evil goblins. After the old sage is murdered by the evil magician Hwa Dam (Kim Yoon Seok), Woo Chi is framed for the crime, and he and Chorangyi are magically sealed in paintings by three bumbling Taoist gods. Fast forward to present day Seoul and with the goblins and Hwa Dam searching for the pipe again, Woo Chi is freed by the unaging gods to battle them and restore order. Unfortunately, the passing years have not improved his undisciplined and womanising ways, and he sets out to track down the modern day reincarnation of his lost love.

Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard is a well structured film of different parts, with the first forty five minutes or so taking place back in the Joseon era. This section is far more than a mere scene setter, as it not only provides an excuse to see Woo Chi capering around in modern times, but more importantly establishes a believable mythology and its world of magic, wizards, goblins and gods. As well as giving the film the feel of an epic mixed with a time travel comedy, this also gives Choi Dong Hun a chance to show off his considerable skills as a storyteller. Indeed, as with Tazza in particular, the film is well crafted and paced, making the most of its characters and situations and engaging throughout. Although the plot itself is fairly thin, Choi works in a number of tangential, though highly entertaining subplots and complications, all of which keep things interesting without loss of focus. This is in part due to Kang Dong Won's very likeable turn in the lead role, making Woo Chi an appealing scoundrel, whose many failings and eccentricities are all part of his charm.

The film is certainly a great deal of fun, with plenty of special effects to dazzle the eyes. Most of these are of a high standard, and Choi keeps them in the background rather than allowing them to drown the proceedings. The film is highly imaginative and creative, both in its goblin creature design, and with Woo Chi having a surprising variety of tricks and techniques at his disposal. Although the film is essentially plot and character, it has plenty of action and excitement, with some impressive set pieces, especially once it shifts to the present day. At the same time, it features just the right amount of comic relief and sly humour, most of which revolves around Woo Chi and his relationship with the downtrodden Chorangyi. Their bickering and camaraderie gives the film an all important sense of playfulness and fun, and an offbeat sensibility that adds a touch of spice.

Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard is a great reminder that blockbusters need not be vacuous affairs devoid of craftsmanship, and that special effects are all the more special when combined with well written characters and an actual plot. Whilst the film is clearly setting up further sequels, and as such seems a bit like a "Woo Chi Begins" since it is so enjoyable and does indeed whet the appetite for more adventures hopefully to come, this is forgivable. Choi Dong Hun again shows himself to be one of the most accomplished directors of commercial films in Korea, and the film is very much up to the high standard of his previous efforts.

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