Director Kim Ji-Woon calls The Good, The Bad, the Weird, his stunning $10-million homage to Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone, an “Oriental Western.” His sixth film (which has continued his South Korean box-office winning streak) boasts masterful high-speed action like you’ve never seen before: think Stagecoach meets high-wire Jackie Chan meets The Road Warrior.
Tongue firmly in cheek, this comedy actioner is set on the Manchurian steppes in the 1930s as a bizarre trio of Korean exiles—The Good (Jung Woo-sung, a sharp-shooting bounty-hunter in a duster), The Bad (Lee Byung-hun, a wickedly handsome knife-throwing gang leader) and The Weird (Song Khang-Ho, a two-fisted gun-slinging thief) hotly pursue buried Qing dynasty treasure. Kim’s exhilarating, escalating mayhem pits our three anti-heroes against fast-moving trains, horses, trucks, motorcycles, jeeps, explosions, Japanese and Chinese soldiers and Russian bandits. And after all that, their final existential showdown does not disappoint.
I first saw the film in Cannes in 2008; it played Telluride, Toronto and London too. IFC opens the movie in theaters April 9. Don't miss it. Here's the Apple trailer; the YouTube version is below.