Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom [The Good, the Bad, the Weird] (2008)

Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
Director:  Jee-woon Kim
Writer:  Jee-woon Kim, Min-suk Kim
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung

Manchuria, ca. 1940. Robber Tae-goo (Kang-ho Song) gets his hand on a map that he thinks will lead him to an unbelievable treasure. But he’s not the only one who would like to get that map. And so, he finds himself in a lot of trouble pretty quickly. He’s followed by Chang-yi (Byung-hun Lee), a ruthless killer with an unclear agenda. And Chang-yi in turn is hunted by the bounty hunter Do-wan (Woo-sung Jung) who thinks that the best way to find Chang-yi is by following the map.

The Good, the Bad and the Weird is pretty much insane and pretty funny with it, though they sometimes rely too much on their insanity and forget to make, you know, actual jokes. But it’s entertaining.


At some point, the sheer absurdity of this film hit me: I was watching a Korean western, set in the 1940s that had basically a mariachi version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” on its soundtrack. And that pretty much sums up the entire film.

As I said, at times they think that that absurdity is enough to make this film work on its own. But that’s not really true and so the film does have a few lengths. But the soundtrack is great all the time.


Unfortunately the script is a little messy. There are so many fractions and interest groups that it does get a little confusing who is after what and who is working with whom.

But in any case, the film was entertaining, even if it is not great. The cast is really good and it’s a fun romp that makes for an excellent time.


Summarising: Fun.

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