Based on a short story written in 1936 by Nobel Prize nominee Kim Dong-ree, The Shaman Sorceress is punctuated with song and dance, which gives it the emotional sweep of an animated musical. (…) The film’s hand-drawn style is expressive and resplendent with period details.
Sumptuously detailed illustrations of his ancestral estate evoke the elegance of a bygone era, and the dissipation of his grandfather’s art collection serves as a metaphor for the demise of traditional Korean culture. Into this world of faded glory comes Nang-yi, a sad-eyed, hard-of-hearing girl with a gift for painting. The patriarch, bereft of his treasures, takes her in to assuage his craving for art.
Maggie Lee, Variety