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Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Jigureul jikyeora! (original title)
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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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Joon-Hwan Jang

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Joon-Hwan Jang
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Credited cast:
Ha-kyun Shin ... Lee Byeong-gu
Yun-shik Baek ... Kang Man-shik
Jung-min Hwang ... Su-ni
Jae-yong Lee ... Inspector Choo
Ju-hyeon Lee Ju-hyeon Lee ... Inspector Kim
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Squad Leader Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dong-hyeon Kim Dong-hyeon Kim
Roe-ha Kim
Mu-hyeon Lee Mu-hyeon Lee
Woong-jae Won Woong-jae Won ... Detective Jang
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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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Perhaps you, are an alien?


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Save the Green Planet! See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,310, 29 April 2005

Gross USA:

$14,624
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CJ Entertainment, Sidus See more »
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Insane, and insanely funny
17 May 2005 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

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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