|Woochi: The Demon Slayer (2009)|
|Starring:||Kang Dong-won, Kim Yun-seok, Lim Su-jeong, Ju Jin-mo, and Im Soo-jung|
Woochi, despite everything, remains ridiculously watchable from its very start. The movie always seems to exude an aura of confidence – similar to the character of Woochi. These filmmakers take the audience by the hand and make it very obvious that this will be a very big and very loud story, but during the opening moments of the film the uninitiated members of the audience are likely to have no idea of how grand the scale for this movie will be. It isn’t until the second half starts to really ramp up that the movie finally takes up its title as a true South Korean superhero movie. Packed with exciting action sequences and innovative special effects for this region, director Choi Dong-Hoon has quickly insured his name as one of the most reliable blockbuster filmmakers in all of Asia. While his movies are not entirely complex in their subtext, he has demonstrated within both Woochi and The Thieves that he is an incredibly strong director capable of taking very basic genre tales and building them into elaborate and entertaining spectacles. With this film, he shows this with even more panache than he did with The Thieves. This is his gigantic special FX laden epic, and in a nation that gets some flak for making fairly poor movies within this genre (with some notable exceptions, of course), Choi Dong-Hoon does an awesome job in establishing his name in this field. While the FX work and the vastness of the story are always ever-present during the movie, ultimately the greatest strength of Woochi is its ensemble cast.