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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 ...
Byung-ho Son ...
Dal-su Oh ...
Messenger for Kim Pan-joo (as Dai-soo Oh)
Cheong-a Lee ...
Song-yi (as Chung-ah Lee)
Kwang-il Kim ...
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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One map. Three villains. Winner takes all.


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

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17 July 2008 (South Korea)  »

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Dobar, loš, čudan  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$128,486 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Director Kim Jee-woon says he'd like this to be called a "kimchee western", after the Korean food made with fermented cabbages. He says he thinks the plot and film are spicy and vibrant, like the Korean culture and people. See more »

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When Park Chang-yi throws the knife and impales the centipede, he is wearing modern boxer brief underwear. See more »

Quotes

Park Chang-yi: I'll play a game with you two. A way to get rid of both of you at once. A fun game. A game to decide who is best, where no one knows who will shoot whom. Where only one man survives. Right here, right now. I'll kill both of you.
Park Do-won: That'll never happen. I'll shoot you down first.
Park Chang-yi: We'll see about that.
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References Duck, You Sucker (1971) See more »

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Don't Let Me Be Missunderstood
Composed by Bennie Benjamin and Gloria Caldwell
Published by Warner/Chappel Music Inc.
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I spent half the time with my mouth agape and rest with a broad smile
30 October 2008 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

This is a real blast. A London Film Festival viewing this afternoon and my jaw dropped during the opening. This may have the most stunning opening of any film, I certainly can't think of any other contenders at present, with crazy music, a landscape out of a dream, soaring birds of prey and a great big steam train. The camera and hence the audience are everywhere, this side, that side above, below and even in the smoke from the engine. Previously there has been some set up to accompany the credits and then we are away. This film does not let up so if it is not non-stop action you are after you had best avoid. For all sensible folk this is a mind blowing exercise in action cinema. Loud, violent and stunningly shot this is awe inspiring stuff and with a comic edge too. I spent half the time with my mouth agape and rest with a broad smile. I have heard some criticise this for lack of storyline and certainly there is minimal narrative flow here as we are sped on by sheer excitement and amusement. Fantastic entertainment on a massive scale. Large screen viewing recommended.


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