The good the bad the weird

The good the bad the weird

DVD - 2010 | Korean
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Rating: R; for nonstop violence and some drug use.
It's 1930s Manchuria, and greed is in the air. A manic outlaw, a nasty holy man, and a determined bounty hunter are all in hot pursuit of a treasure map. Throw in Chinese gangsters, the Japanese army, and other rival factions also in pursuit of the invaluable map, and it all comes down to a big showdown in the desert.
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films : MPI Media Group, [2010]
ISBN: 9780788612923
0788612921
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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booksmile
Sep 07, 2017

Took itself way too seriously for how ridiculous it was; could've worked as more of a comedy.

rauha Aug 01, 2015

non stop action film!

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JackPurcell
Mar 07, 2015

The Asians are doing a great job of putting Hollywood to shame with innovative movies. This one is an excellent example of tongue in cheek imitation of a Hollywood genre carried into pre-WWII Korea and Manchuria. If you can read the subtitles will carry you through the dialogue. If you can't read you ought to find a movie in English to amuse and edify you.

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F_MINUS
Feb 11, 2015

Brainless. Chicken feathers and ninja stars flying everywhere. A discredit to the original. Don't waste your time.

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Joezinho82
Aug 13, 2014

Overall very good action film!

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lukasevansherman
Aug 04, 2014

As many have lamented, America used to make things. And while they're usually referring to cars and other goods, Americans also used to make good action movies. In the past decade or so, many of the best action movies have come from abroad, including France ("Brother of the Wolf," "District B-13"), Indonesia ("The Raid: Redemption"), Brazil ("Elite Squad") and Korea ("Snowpiercer"). South Korea has produced a lot of great action/thriller movies recently: "Old Boy," "The Host," "I Saw the Devil." Director Kim Jee-woon understands that action movies are inherently ridiculous and so pushes that to comical extremes in this action/western (or "eastern") hybrid that doesn't have much of a plot (something about a treasure map), but lots of over the top action, tongue in cheek humor, and dizzying energy. Lots of fun.

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geomillar
May 06, 2014

If you want action then this is a flick for you.
Don't blame me if you ask yourself WHAT WAS ALL THIS ABOUT when the credits zoom by.

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jackandbean
Aug 28, 2013

I thought this was really well put together film. I wish hollywood would start making action films of this magnitude.

LindaHolland Jun 08, 2013

This movie in Korean/Chinese with subtitles felt like a Jackie Chan/Quentin Tarantino collaboration. Throw in a very 'Mad Max' sort of Western feel and you'd think it would be better than it was.
Some humour, LOTS of gunplay and blood, and the characters were mildly interesting. The ending was WAY too long and I actually fell asleep in parts - which I never do - it just got boring.
Great potential but just didn't live up to it.

kevfarley Mar 09, 2013

There's great fun to be had in this action-driven "Korean Noodle Western" !

However, the opening Railroad Train action and cinematography raised my expectations too high !
...but then it settled down to 'chase and shoots', and humerous creative killing, and etc.
At times it felt routine,.. and almost a parady !?
But it was an amusing and spectacular evenings' entertainment.
And China looked great as a stand-in for the American West !
I felt it was worth the very long wait at the NYPL.

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Oct 19, 2010

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