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I don’t usually enjoy period movies but Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard provided all the right ingredients for a fun movie night. It has fantasy, adventure, action, and humor in a movie about the rascal wizard Jeon Woochi played by Kang Dong Won.

If Harry Potter has Lord Voldemort, Woochi has Hwa Dam, played by the brilliant Kim Yoon Seok. He did a good job as the main antagonist. His role in The Chaser was memorable and it can also be said about his performance in this movie.

A wizard’s life is not complete without a special someone and Woochi had to wait for centuries to be with Seo In Kyeong, played by Im Soo Jung. Last time I saw her was in A Tale of Two Sisters and seeing her playing a lighter role made me happy.

Although Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard is 136 minutes long, the story is fast paced and you’ll forget about the time. To be honest, it didn’t felt that long unlike some Hollywood movies that I’ve seen recently. It had the right amount of action and humor to keep the viewers engrossed with the movie.

The only downside I could say about Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard is its CGI, which is slightly rough compared to Hollywood standards. The CGI goblins could use some polishing work.  But the low cost effects gave it an old-school Chinese movie feel that I enjoyed watching when I was young.

In the end, Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard surprised me when an extra spoke Tagalog and although they didn’t state it, I’m 100 percent certain that the last sequences were taken in Boracay. I know Koreans love Boracay and the romantic island is indeed the perfect place for Woochi and In-kyeong to be for the ending.

Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard is a good Korean movie that deserves to be enjoyed by everyone. Just ignore the crappy CGI and you’ll have a great movie that will keep you entertained for more than two hours.

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