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How many films can have you laughing one minute and totally freaked out the next? This movie, "Save the Green Planet", is not for the faint of heart. There are tons of disturbing scenes, but if you able to take everything in you will find an amazing piece of cinema. It's a shame that Hollywood wouldn't have the gall to but out something as amazing as this. This movie will twist your emotions like none other. You will not know who to cheer for, who's doing good, and who's evil. It's a crime to list this movie as a true comedy, it doesn't even fit the mold of "dark comedy", it's a true hybrid of multiple movie styles, only the Korean movie makers have been able to pull this off flawlessly. This isn't a film for everybody, however if you have a true passion for movies, and want to find out what the hype concerning Korean movies is all about, this is the place to go.
The set-up alone for Save the Green Planet demands your attention.
When a drugged up, marginalized bee-keeper (Ha-kyun Shin) researches the background of a powerful industrialist (Yun-shik Baek), he can draw only one conclusion: the latter is an alien from Andromeda with designs on taking over the Earth on the next eclipse. And he does what any paranoid, stimulant-addled citizen might do -- kidnap the man, shackle him in his basement, and torture the truth out of him.
From this wacky premise comes one of those rare films that successfully mixes dark comedy with true pathos. But the real excitement comes with the film-making, which offers cinematic parodies, inventive plotting, and some penetrating commentary on the evolution of humankind. If Charlie Kaufman were South Korean, this would be the kind of film he'd make.
Alternative history fans will roll in the aisles with the film's wry treatment of UFOs, the death of the dinosaurs, alien abduction, and all sorts of science fiction clichés. Save the Green Planet is just plain fun -- scary fun, uncomfortable fun -- but you won't dare doze off for even an instant.
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There has been a lot of hypes surrounding the film... and my god, what an
astounding work of cinema which was the last thing i expected
The cinematography was fantastic and the suspense scenes were so refreshing that it completely blew my mind. I was on the edge of the seat throughout the film. Every time i was about to get bored (which i definetely didn't!), it was injected with some violence (chopping off fish heads), but it was beautifully merged in as a whole. The twist was anticipated, but what was so good about it was that it kept me wondering throughout the film how it was going to end. Everyone also seemed to have missed what a great job the director managed with the music. The grand-scale orchestral music and the punk rock music worked as salt and pepper on a great dish, and the sound was superb.
The let down factors were mostly due to the script, especially the disappointing ending. The director must have realised he had a huge task in his hand after reading the scenario and even though he tried his best, some scenes just do not make any sense, especially when Byunggu's dead mum appears throwing some pills out. Maybe the film was not scientific enough, but i don't think you can apply science into a topic such as Aliens anyway... The blend of comedy, thriller/horror, police drama and satire works brilliantly, although the fusion-genre diluted the whole point of the story by a fraction. The biggest downside was the crude uninteligent cg effect, which was apparently meant to be intentional but the film would have looked so much more polished if they were cut off... and it still would make sense.
I give this film an 8.3 simply because it was so easy to get into and i watched it without stopping it once. Breathtaking!
This is one of the most unprecented korean films I've ever seen. It contains almost every film genre, horror, comedy, action, thriller and so on. The story is very rare to find in the main stream movis. The plot was so surprising. Acting, and cinematography were also superb. Assuming that it's the director's dubut film, I expect that he becomes a great master as he keeps making movies. This is a true rule breaker. Other Korean fist timer directors, who made such crap as "Jungle Juice" and "My wife is a gangster" and there are so many, should reflect on themselves.
Very strange film.. It's a comedy, drama, sometimes serious sometimes
not.. And sad.
Anyone who is a true fan of film will find this interesting at worst..
UFO/Sci-fi fans stay away... This isn't an Alien film and you won't find what you're looking for.
The film tells the story of a fanatic who tracks down aliens that are living in our society. He comes across an important business man and keeps him in his basement to force him to give up information about his alien race.
Now this is something different, that is one thing I can assure you. I didn't know what to expect from this piece. So let's start somewhere. If you like original movies, this one qualifies! It is a weird (but good) mix of different genres here, and all in all it is one superb hybrid film. It has it what it takes to keep you focused, changing rapidly between some more thriller/horror moments and all of a sudden there is a large dose of a more comedy touch - all blended with a feeling of sci-fi. Ha-Kyun Shin makes a superb performance here, and you develop some kind of hate-love for his character. South Korea keeps supplying us with great movies, and here's a solid 8/10. If you like "Oldboy" and familiar stuff, I bet you will like this one. At least give it a try.
This movie was quite a shock, when I first watched it. It did very badly in the Korean Box office. But however, this films has some elements that I've never seen in a film before. It has almost all the genre you could think of. Its funny, serious, thrilling, sad, shocking, and the plot that will grab your attention from beginning of the movie. However, some people might not like it... because they might think is some stupid sci-fi junk that has been made before. But I strongly disagree. Watch this film! and you won't regret!
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Save the Green Planet is 2003 Korean film that must be seen to be believed (or appreciated). Full disclosure: It's one of my all time favorite films (from any country).
I typically won't bother writing a review for something when so many people have already done so I try to keep my reviews focused on little known or reviewed works, so as to try to help other viewers decide if it would be something they like (as so many other IMDb reviewers have done for everyone else in the past). But, I felt I almost owed it to this movie to post a review and, since this director (& writer of this film) is soon going to FINALLY work on a new feature film, there's no better time than now to review this puppy.
I realize this film is not going to be to everyone's tastes. It can be considered being all over the place in tone and story, and it will get violent at times. You will definitely want to ignore the whimsical poster & box art that makes you think this is going to be some lighthearted adventure tale that is certainly not the case. What this film is about, however, is quite difficult to fully describe. In fact, you're probably better offer just watching it yourself without knowing anything in advance, and forming your own opinions,; that's how I first saw it years ago (knowing nothing about it prior to viewing) it was real late at night back in '04 or so, and it was either this Korean film I'd never heard of, or a Lorenzo Lamas helmed low budget action flick...I clearly chose wisely that evening (sorry Mr. Latin Heartthrob). As the movie I chose played out, I went from: "this is OK enough to watch, to this is a pretty interesting film, to this is getting a little bizarre, to this a mesmerizing piece of cinema". In all honesty, after the credits rolled, I was simply awestruck by WTF I had just watched.
If you want to watch the movie as I first did without prior knowledge as to what it's about (which I fully recommend), DON'T READ THIS PARAGRAPH!...Your story involves a "slightly off" young man who is convinced there are aliens among us that mean to do us harm. With the help of his girlfriend, he's determined to rid the world of these aliens, and hence; 'save the green planet'. He kidnaps what he believes is the leader of these aliens on earth, and systematically tortures him to find the truth about the alien plans. Then, it's a matter of slowly uncovering whether this captor is just a delusional loon, or the key to saving the entire world, or somewhere in between. This film runs the gamut from being a standard crime mystery thriller, to a torture film, to a simple tale about life & love & humanity, to an outrageous sci-fi film about the beginnings & end of mankind. You name it, and this movie probably has it; it's as strange as it is grounded, as devious as it is poignant, as simple as it is complex, etc ; it somehow manages to successfully juggle so many differing emotions, ideas, and stories together in an astonishingly effortless way that doesn't even seem possible.
As for the acting: Your lead actor is played Shin Ha-kyun He's always been a really good actor, but, he gives a terrific performance here as the man who's determined to (in his mind anyway) save Earth at all costs. The rest of the actresses and actors involved in this film are all solid to excellent in their performances as well Job Well Done by everyone involved.
Look; I'd been a huge fan of Asian cinema in general long since prior to watching this film, and, it was pretty clear to me that Korea was starting to bring it big time back in the early 2000's; with Park Chan-wook's vengeance trilogy already under away, and a number of decent spy thrillers, love stories, and rom-coms in the bag, you couldn't help but notice the talent on display in the up and coming Hallyu industry at that time. But, Save the Green Planet was perhaps the final tipping point (in my opinion anyway) that convinced the "non believers" once and for all. Most people look to Old Boy's release a year later, which is also a movie I dearly love, as THE seminal Korean film from that era (and rightfully so), but, you'd be doing yourself a huge disservice if you didn't at least give this "somewhat overlooked" film a look see. You might not like it, you may love it, you be 'meh' about it regardless, I consider this movie to be mandatory viewing for any cinephile, or, any random moviegoer for that matter!...I just watched it again a month or so ago it's as awesome as it ever was! If you haven't seen it, I implore you to check it out someday when you get a chance!
Bottom Line: 9 out of 10 stars!...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
P.S. Save the Green Planet is the only feature film this director ever helmed that alone is simply astonishing. Word is he's now back though, and has signed up one of Korea's highest profile actors to star in the new film he's directing hmmmm CAN'T WAIT!!!
I have been a fan of Asia movies for a while now, but this still came as a surprise. This film has it all, and the actors are simply incredible. I've seen two of them in Boksuneun naui geot and have only high praise for them. This movie stars of a bit funny I guess, all the silly suits for hounting aliens, etc. It soon becomes quite disturbing with all the torchering of the "alien" victim. You start to feel how disturbed this guy is. After a while, you start to feel sorry for him. And the end is totally unexpected. You simply must see this movie. You won't see anything like it coming from Hollywood. Or anywhere else I guess.
It seems like Korea never makes mediocre movies. The movies are just
plain awful or extremely good. This movie falls into the last category.
It's very original and captures your attention right from the start. It
also seems that Korea is following Japan when it comes to gore and sick
humor. As long as it's original I don't mind.
I do have some negative points about the DVD I bought: 1) The picture on the front suggests this is a sci-fi comedy for the whole family. What were the PR people thinking! Just hit the poster link on IMDb and you know what I'm talking about. 2) There's an extra disc filled with bonus material. Now that's interesting! Because who doesn't want to know what sick mind(s) were behind this movie??? Well, I can only say that they LOOKED sane since there were NO SUBTITLES *@%$#&!!! I really wanted to know more about the filmmakers :( !
Oh well, if you liked this movie I would recommend Oldboy. Another gore/sick very good movie.
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