A film with time travelling Goblin Rabbits trying to steal a pipe that will….I don’t know what.
This is Asian cinema at its best. A story built on eastern story telling. Young buck, wise old master, humorous sidekick (who may or may not be a dog of indeterminate gender) and a love interest with guts and gumption when needed most.
Following the apprentice Wizard Woochi (Don Wong-Kan) and his shape shifting Dogberry esque friend Chorangyi and their hunt for the magic that will make Woochi’s name and Chorangyi human.
Fight scenes of inventiveness that take the stylistic quirks of the later Matrix films and make them great, comedic timing and watch out for the reality of magic in the second act (21st century) as we find out what would really happen if you had to seek out a magic painting at two in the morning in downtown Pyongyang.
Betrayal, magic, drunken Taoist gods who can’t seem to get anything right and a downbeat upbeat ending that wraps the film up in the brilliance of the eponymous hero’s own imagination.
This is a film for teenagers, lovers of story and people who don’t take themselves seriously.
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