Character posters for fantasy-action film Jeon Woo Chi
A whole slew of (lovely!) character posters has been released for Kang Dong-won and Im Soo-jung‘s upcoming fantasy-hero film Jeon Woo Chi [전우치]. Directed by Tazza‘s Choi Dong-hoon, the movie has attracted buzz for its solid cast and its blockbuster-level budget of 10 billion won. The cast includes Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser), Yoo Hae-jin (Public Enemy Returns), Yeom Jung-ah (Working Mom), and Baek Yoon-shik (the upcomingHero). (Incidentally, Im Soo-jung and Yeom Jung-ah have worked together before, with the latter playing Im’s crazy stepmother in Tale of Two Sisters.)
The story stars Kang Dong-won as reckless and mischievous Jeon Woo Chi, a Joseon-era Taoist wizard who becomes imprisoned in a scroll after being wrongfully accused of a crime. The seal is broken some 500 years later in contemporary Korea, reviving the classic “Tale of Jeon Woo Chi” in modern times, as he is poised to become a superhero in this new world plagued by monsters. Too bad that the lively Jeon Woo Chi is more interested in women and his poetic sensibilities than in practicing his prodigious talents in Taoist magic.
Kim Yoon-seok plays his rival, a man whose virtuous scholar facade hides his evil ambitions, while Im Soo-jung is a “femme fatale stylist” who dreams of being an actress whose rival is Yeom Jung-ah’s top star character. Jeon Woo Chi’s chatty friend and sidekick is played by Yoo Hae-jin; his teacher and fellow Taoist wiz is played by Baek Yoon-shik. The action movie is said to resemble the tone of the Ocean’s Eleven series.
Jeon Woo Chi releases on December 23 and will be one of our last chances to see Kang Dong-won before he heads off to military service. (He filmed one more after this one, the thriller Sworn Brothers with Song Kang-ho.)