Jeon Woo Chi

Jeon Woo Chi (2012)

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“Jeon Woo Chi” is a fusion action sageuk (historical drama) that is based on a novel. It is a story of Jeon Woo Chi the guru who gained his powers by swallowing a gumiho fox bead and his revenge on his friend’s betrayal, which caused him to lose his father-figure Hong Kil Dong and his lover Hong Moo Yeon. So in order to avenge their deaths, he travels to Joseon, and becomes read morea reluctant hero for the people. Hong Mu Yeon who is a princess, the granddaughter of Hong Gil Dong, and the love interest of Jeon Woo Chi.

“Jeon Woo Chi” is a remake of 2009 fantasy action movie “Jeon Woo Chi” which starred Kang Dong Won, Kim Yoon Seok, and Im Soo Jung.The drama is planning on drawing out the hidden stories and sides of Jeon Woo Chi, who is regarded as a super hero of Joseon.

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Feb 11, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
There were quite a few things that bothered me about this drama. But yet somehow, I still really liked it. Mostly because of Cha Tae Hyun.

The show has two facets in my mind: the serious side, that's a story about the troubles our hero and Joseon face as they battle corruption and wizardry. And then there's the funny side, which is Cha Tae Hyun going around being hilarious. The funny side read more is brilliant, but the serious side is just so-so.

STORY: 6/10

The plot wasn't the show's strong point. At times it went around in circles a bit without much actual progress in any one direction. Later in the drama I felt like some episodes got too wrapped up in government affairs, forcing Woo-chi out of the spotlight temporarily, which was not something I enjoyed much. The show was at its best when Cha Tae-Hyun's characters were front and center.

Throughout the drama new wizardry rules were introduced whenever it was convenient. It felt a bit TOO convenient for a character to be near death... and then surprise, someone casually mentions a rule that affects how they can use their wizard powers, and thus the tables are turned or someone's plan is foiled. A bit too much of a deus ex machina for me. I wouldn't have been too bothered if it had only happened once, but it seemed to be a recurring issue.

Overall the plot wasn't horrible--the issues I had with it were always momentary and it kept a good pace most of the time. It could have been a lot better though.


There are a whole bunch of really, really awesome characters in this drama. Cha Tae Hyun's characters of course steal the show. Between his two characters, I honestly preferred Lee Chi (his alter ego)--his character was much more amusing in my opinion. Woo-chi was certainly funny as well, but at times he was playing the role of the serious and principled hero, which I didn't find quite so entertaining.

Bong Gu was a thoroughly wonderful side character. As were Hye Ryung, Chan Hwi, So Chil... Far too many great characters in this show to name them all. I would have liked it if we'd gotten a chance to see more of some of them, but nevertheless they were strong supporting characters.

Unfortunately some of the main characters I don't think were so great, Mu Yeon in particular. I have no complaints about Uee's acting, but I have no idea what the writers were thinking when it came to Mu Yeon. For the first half of the show she was mostly just unconscious--hard to develop a character much when she's asleep in half her scenes. When she's finally conscious, she just faded into the background and became more of a side character than anything. She had a few moments in the spotlight, but that's about it.

As for the bad guys, Ma Sook I also think could have been done better. At one point in the show we get some interesting insight into his motivation for doing evil stuff... but then it's pretty much never mentioned again. It could have been a really good way to give his character more depth, but instead they just tossed out a quick explanation and decided they were done with it. He then follows Mu Yeon's lead and fades into the background.

Kang Rim I found a more interesting bad guy in the beginning. He was doing evil stuff, but he still had traces of a conscience and and uncertainty in what he was doing. It made him a great character and even made me sympathize a bit with him. But then, God knows why, a switch is flipped halfway through and he becomes a one-dimensional bad guy that totally lacks the depth his character had in the beginning. How boring.


One more thing that I find worth mentioning is the special effects. It's not something I really want to judge the show negatively for, but they were so bad that I almost stopped watching before I'd even finished the first episode. Thankfully I grew accustomed to them as the show went on and they stopped being so much of a distraction, but I wish they had prioritized the special effects more for a show that uses them so heavily.

Despite my criticisms of the show, it's still something I'd recommend watching if you're a fan of comedy and/or Cha Tae Hyun. The drama is mediocre in a number of respects, but it's sure as hell funny.
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Sep 9, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Jeon Woo Chi is not new subject matter in Korean showbiz and there has already been a movie made about him before this drama was made.

The story was not all fantastic, but as with all sageuks, the king and queen come to feature quite heavily in the show.

Cha Tae Hyun is great in this show, as usual. He is pretty hilarious as Jeon Woo Chi. Bong Gu steals the show read more as Jeon Woo Chi's hilarious sidekick. Unfortunately, UEE is very underused, being the second lead. The development of the villains as characters is also quite poor, but Lee Jin Hoon does a really good job with what he is given as the villain Kang Rim. Thankfully the story is kept moving along quite swiftly through various plot twists and plot devices.

On the sageuk front, this is not an excellent show, but as a lighthearted comedy with some royal intrigue that is not too addictive, I recommend this show.
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    Datez Jan 30, 2015

    The only thing good fm this movie is cha the hyun. I won't recommended this movie tho

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    romnin18 Feb 12, 2014

    very good at first but in the end......

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    Reavel Mar 17, 2013

    I love Chae Tae Hyun but I'm already up to episode 8 and the story doesn't grab my full attention yet. I like other of his works. Therefore I am gonna stop watching it. I was really excited to watch it but no... I can't keep watching. T_T

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    SherMi Feb 24, 2013

    OOoh this one is Awesome. I loved it. Especially after I saw Bong Goo. He's so adorable and makes me laugh every time , RIGHT? (cant spell that in korean):D.

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    Cheer Feb 23, 2013 - edited

    I liked this drama although it didn't get the proper attention, I still think that Tae Hyun was great here and Bong Goo is totally my favourite character.

    On another note, I liked Chan Whee and Eun Woo's relationship better than the main one.

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    dejirei30 Feb 21, 2013

    Finished the drama! WOO!! It was a good drama overall..
    Packed with action and comedy! :))) I enjoyed it. :D

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    myt124 Feb 21, 2013

    yey! finally done with this drama!=)

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    myt124 Feb 19, 2013

    still waiting for the final episode to be subbed in dc... it's been almost 2 weeks since the finale. i don't wanna watch it raw. =(

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    jamboy22 Jan 27, 2013

    how to watch this website guys?? thanks....

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      KadraDS Feb 8, 2013

      You don't watch dramas here. This site is used for organizing the drama. You can watch this on it has 20 episodes up. The last 4 episodes might be up within 2-3 weeks time.

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    Ciufi_Alina Jan 19, 2013

    In this drama played Ren and Baekho from NU'EST <3 I'm so happy ^^

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    Izu Jan 12, 2013

    Ok so I've just watched 13th episode and I will just tell you guys that it is a sad episode. Other than this I love this drama, it is really so good. I can seriously recommend this to everybody, and I'm sure that in the end the good will win.

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    tiabelle Jan 9, 2013
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    mesuzuITA Jan 8, 2013

    good to watch ?

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    Saintrat Dec 30, 2012

    Whatching it only cause of Lee Hee Joon <3 He's gorgeous!

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    sam30317 Dec 29, 2012
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    South Korea
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    Nov 21, 2012 to Feb 7, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 3 min.


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    6.9 (scored by 446 users)
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