Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #279 The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Movie #279 The Good, The Bad, The Weird

(2008, South Korea, d. Kim Ji-Woon)

The Good, The Bad, The Weird represents the best of Korea, or rather some of its high potential. A major blockbuster on its own, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is also a film that not only demonstrates the incredible amount of originality pouring out of the country, but also how much of a golden era the industry is going through. Capturing the best of the 70s and 80s American blockbuster atmospheres, the film takes place in the Wild West of Asia – the very undemocratic land of Manchuria. A treasure hunt at the core of the film, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is about a bunch of characters all in search of a map which will lead them to promised treasures. As fun as that sounds on its own, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is also propelled by a wonderful slate of characters, each who bring their own complexities and quirks to the table. Song Kang Ho, is once again, at his best here. At times hilarious, at times so violent it is hilarious, at times sad, at times intriguing, Korea’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a wonderful film that doesn’t ever let go. With action set pieces that will blow you away with their magnitude and scale of though, the film is enough for any foreign viewer to love. The only problem is its running time.

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