The Good, The Bad, and the Weird

From IMDB: The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

No Leone.  No Eastwood.  No Morricone.  This definitely is not your father’s spaghetti western.  Rather, it’s a 2008 South Korean homage to spaghetti westerns in general directed by Kim Ji-woon and starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung.  While some scenes and some filming techniques are recognizable from Leone’s cannon (e.g., the hat shooting scene from A Few Dollars More, Henry Fonda’s showdown with the wild bunch in My Name is Nobody, and lots of close-ups on faces and eyes), Kim Ji-woon is clearly doing his own thing here and pulls out all the stops in his quest for nonstop action and nonstop fun.  Everything is way over the top, including the soundtrack, copious amounts of (mostly cartoonish) violence, and Byung-hun Lee’s performance as the vaguely effeminate and completely evil bad guy.  Anachronisms abound, and logical continuity occasionally falls by the wayside.  Still, somehow it works if you’re willing to just go with it.  The Good, the Band, and the Weird doesn’t take itself too seriously, and if you don’t either, you’ll probably have a  heck of a good time watching it. 

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