The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) — The Good, the Bad, the Weird, as the title might imply, is a pretty strong homage to Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Both films are about three men pursuing the same goal (buried treasure). But South Korean director Kim Ji-woon’s movie has its own ideas of how to tell that story. Set in 1930s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, this movie has Korean gangsters, bounty hunters, outlaws, Japanese soldiers, and Manchurian bandits all create a chaotic landscape of bullets and lawlessness.  It’s fucking awesome. A Korean mobster has sold the treasure map to a Japanese banker and wants the Bad, Park Chang-yi (Lee Byung-hun from Joint Security Area and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), to steal it back.  The Weird, Yoon Tae-goo (Song Kang-ho from The Host, Thirst, & Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), robs the train the Japanese banker is on before Chang-yi, initially ignorant to the map’s existance. The Good, Park Do-won (Jung Woo-sun from… I don’t know, I haven’t seen that many Korean movies), is a bounty hunter looking to collect the reward for Chang-yi (and maybe Tae-goo).  Insane amounts of action and humor follow.  From the opening train robbery to the chase scene to end all chase scenes to the Mexican stand-off at the end this movie entertains from start to finish with its unapologetic awesomeness.  Highly recommended.

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