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The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
"Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom" (original title)

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The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yoon Tae-goo / The Weird
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Park Chang-yi / The Bad
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Park Do-won / The Good
Je-mun Yun ...
Byung-choon (as Jae-moon Yoon)
Seung-su Ryu ...
Man-gil (as Seung-soo Ryu)
Young-chang Song ...
Kim Pan-joo
Byung-ho Son ...
Seo Jae-sik
Dal-su Oh ...
Messenger for Kim Pan-joo (as Dai-soo Oh)
Cheong-a Lee ...
Song-yi (as Chung-ah Lee)
Kwang-il Kim ...
Two Blades
Dong-seok Ma ...
Bear (as Don Lee)
Kyeong-hun Jo ...
Doo-chao (as Kyung-hoon Cho)
Hang-soo Lee ...
Kanemaru
Hyun Joong Kang ...
Ghost Market Gang Leader
Sung-min Lee ...
Chef
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Storyline

A guksu western. Three Korean gunslingers are in Manchuria circa World War II: Do-wan, an upright bounty hunter, Chang-yi, a thin-skinned and ruthless killer, and Tae-goo, a train robber with nine lives. Tae-goo finds a map he's convinced leads to buried treasure; Chang-yi wants it as well for less clear reasons. Do-wan tracks the map knowing it will bring him to Chang-yi, Tae-goo, and reward money. Occupying Japanese forces and their Manchurian collaborators also want the map, as does the Ghost Market Gang who hangs out at a thieves' bazaar. These enemies cross paths frequently and dead bodies pile up. Will anyone find the map's destination and survive to tell the tale? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nonstop violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 2008 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,775 (USA) (23 April 2010)

Gross:

$128,486 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Most expensive movie in South Korean cinema history as of 2009. See more »

Goofs

One of Park Chang-yi's gang uses an incorrectly identified British Sten gun. It's actually a SIG Bergmann 1920 which was imported by the Japanese. See more »

Quotes

Park Chang-yi: People must know that they're going to die, and yet they live as though they never will. Hilarious.
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References Duck, You Sucker (1971) See more »

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Don't Let Me Be Missunderstood
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User Reviews

 
Great plot, beautifully shot and a fresh new take on a classic story
4 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favourite films. I was walking around the London underground and saw the posters for this film and new it was going to be good. I have always said that Korea produces some of the greatest films to come out of the east and this film just goes to prove me right.

The new setting for the classic story is perfect and I loved all the characters. The three stars all put in great performances the Good has the perfect look for a Korean Cowboy but the show is definitely stolen by Kang Ho Song. The cinematography in this film is just astounding. The action is slick and pleasing to the eye and contrasts perfectly with the humour and tone of the film. The sets are delightful and the pacing and story telling is packaged so well that I think this film will be appreciated by fans of Spaghetti westerns and Asian cinema alike.


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