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Save the Green Planet! (2003)
"Jigureul jikyeora!" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  4 April 2003 (South Korea)
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Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

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A traumatized young man abducts Korean leaders, believing they're toxic reptilian aliens - a fifth column launching a takeover of beloved Earth. Stumped law enforcement geniuses half-seriously hire a disgraced, disheveled private detective with a long-ago history of super-crime solving. The alienated South Korean youngster Lee Byeong-gu builds an isolated basement command post/torture chamber/film studio to force the awful truth out of the slimy, uncooperative politicians and businesspeople, then alert the public. Byeong-gu is helped by his devoted girlfriend, who buys his theories, but wonders if his horrible childhood has colored his thinking. Written by David Stevens

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Courageous and highly diversified avant-garde cinema that remains coherent, accessible and easy to understand
11 November 2011 | by (Gatineau, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most unusual, diversified and courageous movies you might ever see in your life. Don't get fooled by the silly trash cover or the strange movie title, the Korean cinema delivers once again a new masterpiece that easily beats any Hollywood movie. This flick is beyond compare and completely unique.

It mixes several genres such as comedy, drama, psychological thriller, investigation suspense, horror, science-fiction and more. This movie never fails to surprise and switches from slapstick elements and situation comedy to a dark criticism of modern society and melodramatic drama sequences. In one moment, you have a quite rough torture scene in a basement with a lot of blood and in the next minute, a completely ridiculous science-fiction tale will be told with a lot of entertaining absurdity. This experimental style fits surprisingly well and the movie doesn't seem incoherent. Everything remains clear and easy to follow which is not always the case in modern Asian cinema. The first fifteen minutes or so may seem strange because this movie is very unique but once you're into it which happens extremely fast, you will get drowned into a fantastic story. The movie is funny, sad, brutal, romantic and always energizing.

Maybe the ending was a little bit too predictable for me but most of the people who have the courage to check this movie out may still be surprised. There are still tons of surprises, twists and special events featured in this stunning flick. The rest of the movie is so close to perfection that I didn't want to give a lower rating than the perfect one. The acting is amazing and diversified. The movie is full of original ideas and surprises. The camera work is very well done and the music is also great. Anybody who likes the world of cinema must adore this maybe with the exceptions of more conservative science-fiction maniacs as this movie has not a lot to do with aliens, spaceships and invasion. It's in fact a very human and somewhat touching film.

If you like any kind of original and experimental cinema that is not too surreal and abstract but rather fast paced and diversified, this movie is your new bible. This is one of those movies which I would suggest you to see once in a lifetime.


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