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CHOI Dong-hoon's Comic Fantasy: "Jeon Woo Chi"

2008/08/27 | 683 views | Permalink | Source

Director Choi Dong-hoon, who made a splash in the local film industry with his high stakes thrillers, "The Big Swindle" (2004) and "Tazza: The High Rollers" ("Tazza: The High Rollers", 2006), is currently in pre-production on his latest project, tentatively titled "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard". The big budget US$12 million production now has three quarters of its financing secured and will participate in the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) a major project pre-market during the 13th Pusan International Film Festival.

Highly successful producer LEE Eugene ("You are my Sunshine", "Voice of Murder") and her shingle Zip Cinema will produce the project with financial backing from CJ Entertainment and United Pictures. The star cast includes KANG Don-won ("M") as the title character Jeon, Im Soo-jung ("Happiness"), and Kim Yun-seok ("The Chaser").

The story begins in the Chosun Dynasty in 1509 and involves a trio of Taoist wizards, a magician named "Jeon Woo Chi" (Gang Dong-won) and his dog, a corrupt king, evil goblins, and a prophetic pipe everyone is after. Jumpingahead to the year 2009, the wizards are called out of peaceful retirement as goblins start appearing in modern Korea to wreak havoc all around. The trio call on Jeon who has been trapped in a painting for 500 years in order to save the day. Yet, Jeon, a kind of anti-superhero, is more interested in sight-seeing and romance.

The production will shoot this Fall with a release date planned for the summer of 2009.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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