THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD
The 1930s in Manchuria. The Crazy One steals a treasure map from a high-ranking Japanese dignitary. The Brute, a renowned hit man, is being paid to get that card back. The voucher wants to find the cardholder to pocket the bonus. Only one of them will succeed if he succeeds in destroying the Japanese army, the Chinese thugs, the Korean gangsters… and his two opponents.
Directed by: Jee-Woon Kim Kim
RELEASE DATE: 2008
DURATION: 139 minutes
COUNTRY: South Korea
KIM Jee-woon is both a talented genre filmmaker and one of the few cineastes in today’s Korean film possessing both skillful storytelling abilities and an original visual style. […]
With KIM, there is a slightly uneasy coexistence of the virtues of a commercial film director and solitary auteurism; a sense of conscience that demands that he make even entertainment films melancholy; aesthetic judgment that is stinting toward genre film coupled with a director’s dissatisfaction with that situation. These contradictory elements have essentially come together to drive him onto film sets.
[…] His films represent a kind of theory of life presented through the conventions of genre film, and the director constantly provides a gaze of compassion toward the characters suffering within his films.