The Good, the Bad, the Weird [Blu-ray]
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A two-bit bumbling crook named Tae-Goo "The Weird" (Song Kang-Ho, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) robs a train only to unintentionally make off with a Quing Dynasty treasure map. Everyone wants this map; the Japanese army, the Korean independence group as well as a lot of shady characters. On Tae-goo's tail is a relentless killer named Park Chang-Yi "The Bad" (Lee Byung-Hyun, A Bittersweet Life) who is also after the map and has a seemingly personal reason as to why he wants Tae-Goo's head on a plate. In hot pursuit for both of them is a bounty hunter named Park Do-Won (Jung Woo-Sung, The Restless) who can do nicely with the bounty for Chang-Yi's capture or the treasure itself. Now, these three men are on a collision course--who would win out in the end?
Kim Jee-Woon's "The Good the Bad the Weird" is an extremely well-made film and is a highly entertaining genre-busting affair.Read more ›
BUT, the blu-ray is 1080i!! Most of the time when Asian films get a 1080i transfer, it's because that's the only one available and the studio releasing the film is lazy/cheap. Like with some of the HK/Chinese blus. What that means practically is that there was pixellating in the image when the camera panned slowly. Also, in wide shots with lots of little detail, the image gets kinda blocky. This is a particularly unforgivable offense as there is another, apparently great 1080p transfer available in other markets. Very lame IFC. Sorry.
Shot in Western China near the Gobi Desert, the film is set in a harsh, flat landscape that could just as easily stand in for the American Southwest circa 1860, as well as Manchuria in the 1930's. Into this inhospitable terrain has come, it seems, every Korean thief, gunfighter and gangster, all fleeing the brutality of the Japanese Occupation of Korea (1910-1945), including: a noble, if cold-blooded, bounty hunter Do-Weon ("The Good,") played by Woo Sung Jun (the heroic former slave in "Musa the Warrior,"); a vicious, if terribly insecure, urban gangster turned train robber, Park Chang-Yi ("The Bad"), played by Rom-Com hearthrob Lee Byeong-heon (who surprised many audiences with his portrayal of a young gangster in "A Bittersweet Life"), and Sang Kang-Ho (who has given great lead performances in lauded Korean dramas like "Joint Security Area," "Memories of Murder," and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,") who carries much of the film with his comedic portrayal of Yoon Tae-Gu ("The Weird"), a doofus of a bandit, who kicks off the action by making off with a priceless Q'ing Dynasty treasure map.
It's the race for said map, by mercenaries hired by pro- and anti-Japanese forces, as well as local thieves and roving bands of bandits, that drives the story, as seen in lively, extended action-packed set pieces: a bloody train robbery, a crazed gun battle in a sprawling desert marketplace, and a wild horse-motorcycle-jeep & truck chase across miles of territory.Read more ›
The (not much of a) plot revolves around three characters: a cool-as-ice bounty hunter (Woo-sung Jung, the Good), an assassin obsessed with being the best gunhand (Byung-hun Lee, the Bad), and a thieving buffoon (Kang-ho Song, the Weird). The three brace each other across the lawless desert frontier of 1930's Manchuria, in a freewheeling chase after a stolen treasure map. Hindering their progress are a rowdy complement of bandits, gangsters, and the Japanese army. Everyone's furiously scrambling, everyone's so trigger happy. And lurking somewhere in all this is the legendary bogeyman known as the Finger Chopper.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD eventually falls victim to its own mad predilections. The characters are uniformly so stylized that it's hard to invest emotionally in any of them. They just don't feel real or believable. It's like watching a Warner Bros. cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as wild west gunslingers. Appropriately, the film engages in all manner of cartoony mayhem and violence, and these action sequences are explosive and very fun to watch.Read more ›
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a great fun ride--- a great asian take on the western genre--but set in Manchuria, bandits and world powers collide in the desertPublished 3 months ago by motogizmo
Not sure if I liked it, hated it or was just plain fascinated. All three of the main characters were weird, they all did bad things and certainly none of them were good guys. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph M. Przygodzinski
The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a movie I’ve been meaning to see for at least 6 years. I first read about it on a dvd review site and it sounded awesome. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Armando N. Roman
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