The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
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As the Korean peninsula falls into the hands of Japanese imperialists and countless Koreans seek refuge in the vast wilderness of Manchuria, a determined thief, a cold-blooded hitman, and a mysterious bounty hunter all vie for an elusive map that could lead them to a buried treasure from the Qing Dynasty. Tae-gu is "The Weird," a thief who comes into possession of the sought-after map while boldly robbing a train of Japanese military officers. But at the very same time Tae-gu attacks the train, relentless assassin Chang-yi and his violent gang of bandits beset the locomotive as well.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine the sparseness of classic oaters matched with the energy of martial arts movies and you've got what Kim Jee-won has wrought."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Kimchi Westerns, anyone?"
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The most amazing silliness I've seen in ages."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"This is an object example of every dollar being on the screen."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"For the most part, an enjoyably wild ride that may do for what you might call the 'noodle western' what Leone's classics did for the pasta variety."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Thrill-seekers, rejoice. Here's the summer blockbuster you've been waiting for -- no, dreaming of. The Good, the Bad, the Weird is to Hollywood's puny efforts what the Large Hadron Collider is to a Hula Hoop."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"If you're going to attempt an ambitious action epic, you'd better have the directorial chops to pull it off. Kim clearly doesn't."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"... a madcap chase for a treasure map filled with double crosses, crazy escapes and lots of black humor."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"'The Good, the Bad, the Weird' offers a bizarre but intoxicating synthesis of silliness and awe."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Did you really just watch 50 guys on trucks and horses blast one another to bits while chasing one guy on a motorcycle? You did. And it was awesome."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"A giddy mashup of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns and Lucas and Spielberg's Indiana Jones romps, this guns-a-blazing wide-screen Korean hit offers a nuttily staged, beautifully filmed, but kind of brainless homage to old-school Hollywood."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This film was a total blast from start to finish! It's more than Good, has little that is Bad, and is filled with the Weird."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"The production's blend of traditional cowboy tropes and 20th-century elements give it an out-of-time feel that's appropriate for what is basically a teenage boy's extended fantasy."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Pours a ton of genre influences into the archetypal Cuisinart, pureeing everything from chop-socky cheapies to The Road Warrior in a gargantuan, cheerfully anachronistic romp."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
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