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Woochi: The Demon Slayer [Blu-ray] (2009)

Yun-seok Kim , Su-jeong Lim , Dong-Hoon Choi  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yun-seok Kim, Su-jeong Lim, Jin-mo Ju, Dong-won Kang, Jung-ah Yum
  • Directors: Dong-Hoon Choi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This fantasy-action blockbuster based on a Korean folktale broke all box-office records in Korea in 2009. Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined, womanizing wizard unjustly accused of the death of his master, is trapped inside an ancient scroll until he is set free in 2009 by the wizards that imprisoned him to help fight against evil goblins that have taken over present-day Korea. The only problem is that Woo-chi is more interested in his new modern home,and the women of Korea, than becoming a hero. Will he be the savior of mankind?

The film features amazing stunts and non-stop action choreographed by Doo-hong Jung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Good The Bad & The Weird).

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this based on a trailer I viewed on another Cine-Asia production I purchased: Detective Dee & The Mystery of the Phantom Flame [Blu-ray]. This movie comes out of Korea, whereas "Dee" is a Hong Kong film (I rated "Dee" at 5 stars). "Woochi" also goes under a couple of alternate titles including Jeon Woo Chi (The Tao Fighter) and Jeon Woo Chi (Taoist Wizard).

Though listed as playable in region B/2 (Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand) when I bought it, this is another Cine-Asia production that appears to be region free (i.e., I can play it on my US of A cheapo Magnavox blu-ray player). However, just like the Detective Dee film, trying to play most of the extras, such as "deleted scenes," resulted in the same frantic "Not Support!!!" message. This is likely because most of the special features are in the PAL format which my poor console apparently can't handle. Again, the movie itself plays fine.

I play this on a 40 inch HD TV via HDMI hookup, and the quality appears to be as good as blu-ray cuts usually are, but not exceptionally so. This version (Cine-Asia blu-ray) is in Korean audio with English subtitles. It's a bit long at 136 minutes, but since I don't see a lot of Korean films, the costumes and settings are interesting enough so that when things are a bit slow I just enjoy looking at the differences. A good editor could probably tighten this up a bit, but you might lose some of the dense plot and make it even more confusing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S YOUR TAO MASTER? June 1, 2013
Long ago there were demons locked in the heavens guarded by a person playing a magic flute. The demons escaped and came to earth in human form, the flute likewise came to earth. The demons are in human form looking for the flute. Meanwhile there are two rival Tao groups after the flute wanting to contain the demons.

The story becomes complex. One "self taught" Tao Master is Jeon Woo-chi (Dong-won Kang) who likes to play tricks and seeks fame against the basic Tao code. There is also a woman who doesn't like needle work, and a man who acts as Woo-Chi's horse, but is really a dog. There are three Shinsuns who work for the opposing Tao master. Oh yeah, there is a bronze sword too.

The film contains magic and illusion. It freely mixes the two. It takes place 500 years in the past and the present. It has magician battles, gravity defying moves, CG monster effects, and some humor. The modern Woo-Chi assumes the clothes of the "King of Pop."

The English translation sounded like a bad spaghetti western. The deleted scenes are in Korean with subtitles available. Like many eastern films, it is easy to lose yourself in the characters and story so you must pay attention. This film isn't for everyone.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. soft 4 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy martial arts movie December 8, 2012
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This was a great sorcery martial art film. It had some great fight scenes and cool sorcery and some funny humor. Woochi is worth the price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Cut Film June 1, 2013
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The American version is CUT shorter than the original. The Korean release is 135 minutes, this cut from Shout Factory is only 115 minutes. The info on Amazon is not correct. I almost made the mistake of purchasing it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There are Asian films that do not surprise me at all as to why and how they became so successful in their native country. However, there are those that do make me wonder why they became successful in the first place. I do understand just how sometimes the transition of a film from one country to another is not that successful, since several factors can become lost in translation. Well, I guess this may be the case for "Woochi the Demon Slayer" (aka. Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard), I can see how it can be one of those crowd-pleasing affair that usually makes a good box-office return in Korea. Despite the fact that it is the kind of movie I would usually like (magic, special effects and ancient legend), I found Woochi to be a little too uneven, and would've used a lot of smoothing over its screenplay.

Mixing up Korean folklore and Mozart's "The Magic Flute", "Woochi" is a film that injects martial arts, a different turn for its devices, and adds a lot of special effects to drive its story. The film begins in the past where magic and evil spirits are set in a place of power, there lies a magical flute that could control the beasts. Lost in time, the flute has fallen into the hands of one of the evil ones and in the guise of humans, the beasts have been released to wreak havoc upon the world. Now, 500 years in the past, the flute is sought after by many as it can change the balance of power. Among those who seek the flute is Jun Woochi (Kang Dong-Won), who has been tasked by his master (Baek Yoon-Sik) to recover the flute. Woochi is such a trickster that he got the attention of another mystic, Hwadan (Kim Yoon-Seok) and his three Taoist wizards. This sets forth a series of events that ends with Woochi being blamed for his master's murder and the lost of the flute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon Fighter
This South Korean film throws everything into the mix - good actors, wild stunts, cool special effects, nasty demons and goofy wizards and sages trying to save the world, or at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Camera newbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun.
If Taoist magicians, shape changing demons, good stunts, and pure fantasy entertainment is your cup of tea, you will love this movie.
Published 4 months ago by Mai
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeon Woochi the Mad Saint
This movie represents an achetype that has been seen in ancient times by the Mahasiddhas likes Nubchen and Virupa and in modern times by mystics like Osho, Ganesh Baba, and Chogyum... Read more
Published 5 months ago by @d!m00L@#
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely watchable! Hilarious!
Awesome movie, pretty easy to follow for someone who'd present know Korean mythology. Pretty funny too!! You should totally watch it!👍👍👍
Published 5 months ago by David Hill
As per the other one star review this is not the original movie. Some great scenes have been cut. AVOID.

The original is great movie by the way. Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Pingu
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
one of my favorite Korean actors, I will always buy movies with him in them, I can never get enough
Published 6 months ago by tiffany bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie
This movie is very exciting to watch all the effects was so amazing. I can watch this over and over makes me laugh on some comedy content of the movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by alexus
4.0 out of 5 stars Woochi
I thought this movie was good:) The movie had a good story line and it was funny. The only thing I didn't really like was the feature of the devils. Read more
Published 9 months ago by 777J
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
VERY slow beginning. I felt that much of the starting plot could have been condensed. Once Woo Chi enters the modern world, the plot picks up and things get interesting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, Wish it was in English.
Good movie, good plot, but I wish it was in English. It was a bit difficult to keep track while reading the subtitle. Thank you
Published 10 months ago by Esau Reyes
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