I’ve always said that the Koreans make some of the best looking movies in the world. Even when the action onscreen consists of silly slapstick or the type of humor only someone born and raised (or lived) in Asia could possibly fathom, their films have always looked incredible. So what do you get when you put that kind of cinematic polish to work on a contemporary superhero movie about “a cursed Taoist magician resurrected 500 years later to cure the evils of the modern age”? Hopefully something very entertaining.
Variety has the news on the Korean superhero movie, tentatively called “Jeon Woo Chi” (the title will probably changed, or at least, one hopes):
Pic, tentatively titled “Jeon Woo Chi,” borrows from an anonymously written novel from the Chosun Dynasty period featuring a magician who punishes corrupt officials. Adapting and modernizing the story Choi’s script sees a cursed Taoist magician resurrected 500 years later to cure the evils of the modern age.
[Producer Lee Eugene] and [Director Choi Dong-hoon] have assembled an A-list cast headed by Kang Dong-won (“M”), Lim Su-jeong (“I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK”) and Kim Yoon-suk in what will be his first major role since this year’s smash hit “The Chaser.” He plays a dangerous, evil spirit.
The movie is scheduled for a 2009 release with a production budget of $10 million. That may not sound like a lot by Hollywood standards, but trust me, the Koreans have done magic with far less.