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The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)

Posted: January 12, 2012 in 2008, Asian, Western

The title to this 2008 Korean movie pays homage to Sergio Leone’s famous western ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’ and is the first Korean Western to be filmed in nearly 40 years.

Set in Manchuria, a largely desert like area of China similar to the wild west of America, during the 1930’s this tells the story of three characters chasing a treasure map for radically different reasons.  The Good, Park Do-won, is a bounty hunter with a deadly aim who is following the map hoping it will lead him to his quarry.  The Bad, Park Chang-yi, is a cold-blooded killer whose motives are unclear for wanting the map but is the main target for Park Do-won.  The Weird, Yoon Tae-goo, is a bumbling train robber who steals the map before he realises what it actually is and is then pursued for the remainder of the film by not only Park Chang-yi but also the Japanese Army and the Ghost Market Gang who want the map for their own selfish reasons.

Whilst light on actual story the film is wonderfully choreographed with plenty of bloody fight scenes and stunning visuals as the chase continues on at break neck speed.  With an escalating body count throughout the course of the film there’s something here for lovers of action and this kind of genre even if the plot is about as deep as a puddle.