A guksu western. Three Korean gunslingers are in Manchuria circa World War II: Do-wan, an upright bounty hunter, Chang-yi, a thin-skinned and ruthless killer, and Tae-goo, a train robber with nine lives. Tae-goo finds a map he's convinced leads to buried treasure; Chang-yi wants it as well for less clear reasons. Do-wan tracks the map knowing it will bring him to Chang-yi, Tae-goo, and reward money. Occupying Japanese forces and their Manchurian collaborators also want the map, as does the Ghost Market Gang who hangs out at a thieves' bazaar. These enemies cross paths frequently and dead bodies pile up. Will anyone find the map's destination and survive to tell the tale?Written by
Most expensive movie in South Korean cinema history as of 2009. See more »
When Park Chang-yi spins a supposedly 78-rpm record in Kim Pan-joo's office, the record he play is a 33 1/3 rpm Angel record. Angel records were not around in the 1940's (the record label is from the 1970's). Furthermore, Angel records specialize in classical music and would not release a record of Glenn Miller music even if they had been around at the time of this movie. See more »
[Tae-goo lies seemingly dead in the desert after the shoot-out, then slowly gets up, grunting in pain, and begins to limp over to the dead Chang-yi before stopping for a moment]
Why am I so heavy?
[He slides a thick sheet of metal out from under his vest and tosses it aside, before continuing his limp over to Chang-yi. We then see him stuff the corpse with dynamite]
Never thought the past would come back to haunt me. Forget everything, man. You're goin' to hell anyways. This is for your trip ...
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Be sure to watch the credits, as they show great movie stills as well as behind the scenes movie stills. See more »
The UK theatrical release had compulsory cuts made. 5 seconds of cuts were required to remove sight of real animal cruelty, in this instance three cruel horse falls, in line with the requirements of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »
Some good, some bad, some weird - kind of like PotC with no plot
Okay, I've just seen the movie yesterday and I think I've had a fair amount of time to digest it. As of now in Korea, opinions about this movie are almost completely divided. Half of the people love this film, despite its errors; others are rather disappointed by its lack of plot. Me? I'm dwelling somewhere in the middle.
There are some good parts of the movie ...
The desert scenery. Magnificent. Whoever was in charge of the cinematography did a really good job.
Sets & props (particularly costumes). Also with the cinematography, I think the people who built the set and came up with costume ideas deserve some serious credit. The sets and props really added to the movie's visual appeal.
The actors, particularly Lee Byung-Hun. All three actors were pretty good in their roles, and Jung Woo-Sung looked ridiculously good looking, but Lee really shined in his new "change of role". There was a strength in his eyes that almost literally jumped off the screen, and his character was chillingly convincing.
Did I mention Jung Woo-Sung was hot? I'm a heterosexual guy in his 20's, but even I couldn't deny how ridiculously good looking he was. Despite all of his character's insane, ridiculous stunts (which I, for those of you who understand Korean, would like the refer to as "gae-pom"), I eventually ended up with the same conclusion: "Man, that guy look COOL!"
The action scenes were pretty decent as well. Had to put that in.
Then there's the bad ...
It's complete lack of plot. I mean it, not much plot.
I'm kind of tired of seeing Song Gang-Ho in the same role AGAIN! I mean, I know the guy's a decent actor, and he really did a good job in his role, but didn't we see this guy in the "The Host"?!
Violence does not equal comedy!! Not saying that the movie is really violent, but ... Ugh, you'll get what I mean after watching the movie.
Which leads me to my weird overall impression of the movie:
I'm quite PERPLEXED. I was pleased while watching the movie, and the film is rather enjoyable to watch, but leaving the theater, I was sort of like "Um... okay..." An odd, WEIRD feeling of satisfaction mixed with a sense of being robbed.
To give you a sense of what it was like, it's kind of like a Western Korean version of "Pirates of the Caribbean". There's a lot of action, nice characters, cool setting, rather enjoyable, but you leave the theater a bit perplexed. And while PotC leaves you perplexed and confused because of its abundance of plot, "The Good, the Bad, and The Weird" leaves you perplexed and confused because of its lack there of.
To sum it up, I think it's a decent, fun-to-watch movie (Nice effort, to say the least!). Good to kill time or just watch on a Friday night. But if you want something more serious or concrete, I'd recommend something else.
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