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WOOCHI kicks off Fantastic Fest for Harry with whimsical wonders and fantasy!

Hey folks Harry here working on my iPad at Fantastic Fest! just got out of my first film of the fest, called WOOCHI about a feudal era would be wizard and all around scoundrel named Woochi. in many ways this struck me as a slightly more whimsical version of Dia De La Bestia or Timur's Nightwatchor Daywatch. About five hundred years ago some very mystical shit went down with three Taoist gods, weird animal spirit goblins and Woochi with his dog, who is mostly in human form, but does get used as a horse. This film was an absolute delight, the type of film that I come to Fantastic Fest for. It spans feudal era Korea as well as modern day. The effects are so much fun. The animal spirits are incredibly badass, they're done with CG - but it really put NARNIA to shame. At a pure design stand point and at a dynamic level. WOOCHI might have had a few too Some day we'll see this kinda fantasying western films, the closest we have is Terry Gilliam and the recent Stardust. Director Dong Hun Choi is someone to keep an eye on. The sheer whimsy and fun of this film has really stuck with me over the course of this first day of FANTASTIC FEST. As I'm sitting here putting the finishing touches on a few of these festival write-ups - it just struck me that this is a little bit like a live action Miyazaki mysticism type film. The way Wizards move is so cool. If you love Stephen Chow's amazing A CHINESE ODYSSEY - then you're very likely to love this. This is less silly, more polished, perhaps less quirkily brilliant - but damn it makes me happy to even think about it. now it is time for 14 BLADES, just want to get as many mini reviews during the fest. See y'all 'round!


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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    FUCKSTICK!

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Thought I'd break the trend.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The most fantastic part of this fest . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . will be the iPad making Harry's reporting 90% more coherent.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    boring

    by DioxholsterReturns

    im bored

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    WOOCHI kicks off

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    For one second I tought "Really? Chewbacca?"

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    bleerrgghhh

    by hirsty

    ....

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting. STARDUST was terrible, though...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and I say that as a fan of the book and nearly everyone involved with the movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    iPad

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Harry, you bastard... How 'bout an AICN free iPad giveaway, huh?<BR><BR>Huh?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Big Trouble in Big China

    by UGG

    look's like it could be good though. Like Kung Fu Hustle.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    14 Blades was supprisingly good

    by UGG

    It's over the top but I enjoyed it more than True legend and the abysmal Ong Bak 3

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    We should have an AICN gathering

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    You know, like Youtube does....only not in Austin. The first one can be in New York City. We can meet at a Russian bathhouse, we can take off all our clothes and get naked, line up in a big long row, and whip each others' backs with those things used for whipping backs in Russian bathhouses. Then, we can play wrestle and re-enact the bathhouse scene from Eastern Promises.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    WOOCHI's a solid, fun film.

    by Harry Weinstein

    It's a little slow up front but it pays off in the end. Solid mainstream action/comedy filmmaking that handles its more fantastic elements quite gracefully. It won't change your perceptions of cinema, but it kept me thoroughly entertained start to end.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    JW, you mean fightin' nude like Viggo?

    by FlickaPoo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEaCNu_M1uI

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    WOOCHI GOOCHI GOO

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    just got this from the videostore here in Korea

    by southafricanguy

    fun,solid flick, however the cgi is not that great. But the characters are fun. Woochi is a Korean mythological figure btw, not just a character made up for this film..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Harry, Narnian beavers kick major ass

    by FeralAngel

    Search your feelings, you know it to be true. Anyway this trailer sucked. Looked like Charlie Chan meets The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Feh.