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Wonderful film with perplexing footage cuts.,
This review is from: Woochi - The Demon Slayer [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After stumbling upon a link while reading up on another piece of asian cinema on imdb, I spoke to a friend who knew a little about the genre who had an asian copy of the film and he convinced me to borrow it and give it a go.
I did, and found it to be a very well acted, scripted, and choreographed film with a surprisingly warm and funny tone. I was very impressed, and immediately came to azmazon to order the UK version of the blu-ray. I enjoyed it that much.
I called a few friends to organise a viewing, and after getting them all suitably excited we sat down to watch the film. Well, I can't tell you how disappointed I was.
Around 20 minutes of film has been cut. And this isn't inconsequential footage, these are scenes taken that obscure the narrative flow of the story to the point of it becoming absolutely incoherent in places.
Scenes which act as reference points later in the film for some of the more profound moments are arbitrarily cut; entire transitions from place to place are shortened so it makes little sense at times why the characters are where they are; whole characters who act as linchpins for certain reveals later on regarding others are forgotten.
How others who've only watched the UK version of this film can say it's anything but an incoherent mess is beyond me. I scoured the DVD hoping to find a full directors cut on the disc, but instead only found a few of the scenes missing in the Deleted extras section.
I've no idea why these cuts were made, as they've ruined what was a wonderful piece of lighthearted asian fantasy and turned it into what amounts to little more in quality than a Capcom cut scene from one of their lesser known franchise titles. If you don't get the video game reference, this is not a good thing.
Woochi is a really good film, but avoid the UK version and instead look for the 136 minute cut if you can find it.
The original version is titled 'Woochi: The Taoist Wizard'. Look for that instead.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2011 21:19:38 BDT
M. Krause says:
Thank you very much for mentioning this! I will definitively look out for "Woochi: The Taoist Wizard"! Thanks a lot!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2011 01:40:43 BDT
Like many Asian movies these days the producers responsible for the movie often make an International cut - they did the same with 13 Assassins for example. The original cut of Woochi was considered by audiences to be too long, and at 136 minutes it probably was. Far too drawn out and for me it hurt the movie. The international release for me was much tighter and enjoyable Don't get me wrong though, it'd be nice to have both versions of the film on the Bluray so that people can decide for themselves, but don't rule out the movie just yet. If you have never seen Demon Slayer before the cuts probably wont bother you, you can guess where they would have been, and the film still works as a light hearted enjoyable action comedy. It's under £10 just now and there are worse ways to spend your money.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 18:07:17 BDT
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T Barnes says:
I bought the Korean version when it came out on DVD, then bought the UK blu ray. I have to say that I didn't notice the cuts...
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2013 12:32:50 BDT
Watch them again, the cuts are very apparent and really hurt the flow of the film.
I watched the original at home, alone, loved it and recommended it to friends. I bought the blu-ray and took it to a friend's movie night, and while they enjoyed the action and general premise, the entire room was left utterly perplexed by the way the film completely failed to explain certain story points with jumps from place to place, at times, making very little sense.
Some of you may not find this an issue, that's fine, but I honestly cannot see how anyone couldn't notice the glaring changes.
I stand by my original review, the 136 minute cut is superior in every way.
Posted on 31 Aug 2013 21:52:25 BDT
90% of uk releases are cut which is why i mostly buy region 1 dvds if you need a multiregion player buy a toshiba sd1015 from amazon for 25 quid.
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