Friday, June 11, 2010
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
My wife and I went out last night (on a weeknight? It must be summer time and no classes to teach). We went to the local art house theater and saw the Korean film, The Good, the Bad and the Weird. In the tradition of Sergio Leone, call this feature by Jee-woon Kim a "kimche western". We both highly recommend it.
The description for the movie (which does not do the movie justice) is:
Set in the 1930s Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules and many different ethnic groups clash, three Korean men fatefully meet each other on a train. The train’s diverse passengers and imminent danger with guns and knives everywhere serves as a microcosm of the turbulent times. Do-won (JUNG Woo-sung) is a bounty hunter who tracks down any criminals with rewards on their heads. Chang-yi (LEE Byung-hun) is the leader of a group of tough-as-nails bandits. He cannot stand to be the second best. Tae-goo (SONG Kang-ho) is a train robber with nine lives. The three strangers engage in a chase across Manchuria to take possession of a map Tae-goo discovers while robbing the train. Also on the hunt for the mysterious map are the Japanese army and Asian bandits. In this unpredictable, escalating battle for the map, who will stand in the end as the winner?