The Good, the Bad, the Weird

DIR: Ji-woon Kim • WRI: Ji-woon Kim, Min-suk Kim • PRO: Jae-Won Choi • DOP: Mo-gae Lee, Seung-Chul Oh • ED: Nam Na-Young • DES: Hwa-sung Cho • CAST: Woo-sung Jung, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song

Ji-woon Kim seems to have outdone himself with this outstanding action film. Without a doubt one, it’s of the best around for quite a while and already the winner of Best Director at Catalonian International Film Festival. Eyelids guaranteed not to close throughout the duration of the movie.

Set in the Manchurian desert in the 1930s, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, has so many different settings. During the opening scene you are brought straight into the action. You can always rely on Korean films to give those excellent action moments.

Not only is it a Korean movie, but it gives the audience a view of a Western-type film. During the opening sequence on the train, it is mainly set in a Western-style background. Not only does the background-setting change but the clothes are also a mix of Western and Korean. This definitely has to be referred to as a Korean/Western-action movie.

The movie is about several different groups of people who are all looking for the same thing, a map, which is said to lead to a treasure. ‘The Weird’ character of this film, Yoon Tae-goo (Kang-ho Song) is a train thief (for the town’s ‘ghost’ market) who accidentally comes across the map while on his usual thieving rounds.

Some of Korea’s most powerful and vicious people are aware of the map’s presence on the train. The fighting begins there and you know straight away not everyone will live to see the end. It focuses on three characters in particular: Yoon Tae-goo; Park Chang-yi, ‘the Bad’ and Park Do-won, ‘the Good’.

Park Chang-yi is known as the best hitman around and he will do anything to prove that he’s the best, the one who’ll come out on top. Later in the film you will see that Park Ching-yi and Yoon Tae-goo have some unfinished business and this will bring about some unexpected twists.

There is not much of a story to the film, however, so it is pretty simple to keep track of what’s going on. But other than that it is quite enjoyable during the action and funny scenes and it is not easy to predict, which will get you even more hooked and interested.

The final scene where the Korean army also gets involved provides great action visuals, and there is great suspense, wondering who will succeed in the end.