"The Good, the Bad, the Weird"
(KIM Ji-Woon, 2008, 139 min, South Korea, in Korean w/ subtitles, 35mm)
A rip-roaring update of classic widescreen Spaghetti Westerns, this action extravaganza of lawless 1930s Manchuria centers upon three strangers - played by Korea's reigning superstars - who meet fatefully on a train: an implacable bounty hunter (Jung Woo-sung), the merciless leader of a group of bandits (Lee Byung-hun) and a robber with nine lives (Song Kang-ho, "The Host"). When a mysterious map surfaces, they pursue each other across the desert to claim it, with the Japanese army and a horde of thieves trailing behind them.
"With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931." -- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Filled with shoot-outs, knife fights, amazing stuntwork and striking colours, this breathless yarn feels completely bonkers at times." -- Allan Hunter, Daily Express (UK)
Made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.
Co-sponsored by the Duke Korea Forum.
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