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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Song Kang-Ho
Lee Byung-hun
Jung Woo-sung.
Directors
Kim Ji-woon.
Screenwriters
Running Time
130 minutes

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird
A fistful of Yuan


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Plot
The Good (Woo-sung), the Bad (Byung-hun) and the Weird (Kang-ho) are on the hunt for a map revealing the location of ancient Chinese treasures buried somewhere in the Manchurian desert. But so are a clutch of rival gangsters, Korean guerrillas and most of the Japanese army...


Review
No prizes for guessing which movie this is inspired by. South Korean helmer Kim Ji-woon (A Bittersweet Life) transplants Sergio Leone’s enduring epic to ’30s Manchuria, recasting Clint’s Blondie as a laconic, rifle-toting bounty hunter (Jung Woo-sung), Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes as a psycho hitman (Lee Byung-hun) and Wallach’s Tuco as a dim train-robber (The Host’s Song Kang-ho). Sadly, the ugly/weird character is entertaining, but Kim’s excessive tendencies soon tip us into a confusing morass of flashbacks, muddy motivations and a fizzle-out climax.


Verdict
A tangled narrative and damp-squib ending detract from an otherwise joyous Spaghetti Eastern.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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cracking film packed with references to Leone ,Spielberg and many others . Ok the plot wanders but the action is nonstop and the whole film is a real blast . I loved it 8.5/10 ... More

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Posted by filmburner30 at 10:03, 07 July 2009 | Report This Post


Well Impressed!!

As i was saying im well impressed with this film! the Kim Ji Woon films i have already are like high in the favorite movies list anyway, so this one was not a let down at all! i was expecting it to be awesome, an i knew some of the actors in it already, Even if you dont watch subtitled films you should definetly give this a shot! it's action packed comical and well worth every penny! Im sure your''ll be pleasently suprised at how much of a good mood your'll be in after watching it! The ... More

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Posted by takaraheadon at 23:04, 03 March 2009 | Report This Post


The Good, the Bad, the Weird

even though this action movie was never going to be a great film, it'll leave you with a stupid grin on your face and satisfaction that you've just got value for money. The value for money comes in the ambitious action set pieces and they won’t disappoint: Ji-woon Kim opens with a long train robbery before heading into a longer shoot out in a village and ends it with an even longer chase sequence across the desert where all the interested parties converge and shoot up a storm. These action... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 17:16, 12 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Good, The Bad, The Weird

i saw it in Cardiff Cineworld yesterday, cracking film. ... More

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RE: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

L: Lex Romero Really, that's all Empire is going to say about it?  That's all the writing room they're going to give to the film?  I know it's a foreign film and they inevitably get smaller reviews than the english language releases (unless there one of those big cross over successes) but with the boom of Korean cinema over the past 5 years, the success of the film back in South Korea and the varied genre filmography of the director you'd think Empire would dedicate a bit more space to... More

Posted by richCie at 22:38, 07 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Really, that's all Empire is going to say about it?  That's all the writing room they're going to give to the film?  I know it's a foreign film and they inevitably get smaller reviews than the english language releases (unless there one of those big cross over successes) but with the boom of Korean cinema over the past 5 years, the success of the film back in South Korea and the varied genre filmography of the director you'd think Empire would dedicate a bit more space to it.   ... More

Posted by Lex Romero at 22:17, 07 February 2009 | Report This Post


The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Director:-woon Screenwriters:-woon, Kim Min-suk Starring:ang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung Synopsis In 1930s Manchuria, three Korean outlaws try to acquire a map that will lead them to a treasure buried somewhere in the desert. As the race is on, they initially become targets by both the Japanese Army and Manchurian bandits. Review Through his body of work, South Korean director Kim Ji-woon has tackled a wide range of film genres, mostly horror and comedy. Inspire... More

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