DVD – The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD)

DVD - The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD)

The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD)

               Genre: Action, Adventure
               Schatz, 1930, Manchuria, Bounty Hunter

For a handful won more

  The very title should make fans sit up Western: The film is not a remake of Sergio Leone classic The Good, The Bad And The Ugly / The Generation Gap from 1966, but still highly inspired by him. It is as if the Korean director Kim Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters), his version would have a good amount of spicy kimchi added. For, came away with a fiery, flashy, fast and above all entertaining western from the Far East.

Kim Jee-woon, who has shifted co-written the script, his action in Manchuria in the 1930s. The area, which now belongs to China and was then inhabited by Koreans, was in his thirties under Japanese occupation. The period was characterized by lawlessness, banditry and Ganoventum. The plot of The Good, The Bad, the Weird revolves around many crooks, but in particular by three gunslingers: Do-won, the Good (Jung Woo-sung) is a lonely, clever bounty hunter. Chang-yi, the Bad (Lee Byung-hun) is a cold-blooded killer, who leads a gang of crooks. Tae-goo, the Weird (Song Kang-ho) is a funny, clumsy contemporary, a thief of the old school. As different as the three are well, one they have in common: They are on the hunt for a mysterious treasure map.

The hunt for the card holds the entire movie running and in a breathtaking pace, the little time can bring to air. It’s starting with an attack on a train and then across the endless expanse of Manchuria. Everyone chases everyone and even though we sometimes lose track that makes nothing at all, for the prosecution and the fight scenes are choreographed and staged so great that it simply make fun of watching it. A glorious carnage with guns, pistols and fists, which seems to stop at some places not at all.

With a budget of 17 million U.S. dollars is one of the most expensive Korean film productions ever. But here, everyone seems to be Korean Won well spent. At the start, are in the main roles of the three high-Stars Korean cinemas which have inspired not only by her brilliant acting, but also by their stunts, they mastered all the way himself. Song Kang-ho in this country we know from The Host (2006) and Secret Sunshine (2007). Lee Byung-hun has worked variously in the films Three Extremes: Cut (2004) and JSA: Joint Security Area, see (2000) by Park Chan-wook and Jung Woo-sung recently acted in The Restless and Daisy (both 2006).

Great attention to detail was put into the equipment and the setting of the film. Between the barren desert images that were filmed in China, incidentally, mix colored photographs of villages and a so-called spirits market, which is only peddling stolen goods. It is not only a multiple of colors was placed on the pictures, but also wonderful things such as bowls, vases, scarves, as well as soup kitchens and fine restaurants.

In the fast cuts and colorful images is hineingemixt great music – a blend of Latin American sounds, drumming and Asian mix. And if even a version of “Do not Let Me Be Misunderstood” is played, you have to wander briefly to Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino and think that this film would make him sure was fun, too. The man indeed loves spaghetti westerns as much as martial arts movies. Incidentally, The Good, The Bad, the Weird is not the first Eastern Western. Already supplied with Takashi Miike Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) a similarly brilliant genre work.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD) Original Title: Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom Country of production: South Korea Year of production: 2008 Length: 125 (Min) Published by: Splendid Entertainment format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, Korean EAN: 4013549973496 Extras: Making Of, Deleted scenes, alternate endings, audio commentary, interviews

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