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An elaborate theft involving high flying acrobatics, gadgetry and a con job opens writer/director Choi Dong-hoon‘s latest action/comedy, The Thieves, and it sets a perfect tone for the next hour. Close calls and comedic scrapes trade time with insult-filled bickering amidst the group of thieves always looking out for their next score, but when the tight-knit Korean gang joins forces with a Chinese team for an enormous theft the banter takes on a far more dangerous edge. Macau Park (Kim Yun-seok) is the connective tissue bringing the two groups together with the goal of liberating a $30 million diamond called the Tear of the Sun away from its current owner. Each side, and each individual thief, brings a necessary element to the job, but they also bring an unavoidable uncertainty as to their loyalties. The predicament is reminiscent of the tale of the frog and the scorpion trying to cross a river… except in the world of thieves everyone is a scorpion.


Sometime long ago, during the Korean Joseon era, existed a wizard name Woochi. He was a cocky trickster, an unpredictable troublemaker and the possessor of great power. His goals in life: cause havoc for those in power, show off his skills and have fun alongside his magical servant, a man who is also a dog. But after his master is murdered by powerful inter-dimensional goblin and all of humanity is nearly destroyed by Woochi’s carelessness, he is framed for the murder and sealed inside of a painting by three Taoist gods. That is until the demons return to modern day Seoul. Now Woochi must be brought back so that he can defeat the goblins, save humanity and perhaps even get the girl. Equal parts folklore, frantic action and comedy, Dong-Hoon Choi’s Woochi is a film that lives up to its synopsis — it exists on a different plane of reality, where goblins, magicians and heavy-hitting martial arts clash in ways that are equal parts awesome and hilarious. And aside from being a bit bloated, it works perfectly and delivers a product that is loads of fun.

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published: 11.21.2014
published: 11.21.2014
published: 11.19.2014
published: 11.19.2014
B-, C

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