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The Good, The Bad, The Weird: Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 15 June 2009

Featuring: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee & Woo-sung Jung

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Three outlaws. One map. No prisoners.

Set in the 1930's Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules, three Korean men fatefully meet each other on a train.

Do-Won (Jung Woo-sung) is a bounty hunter who tracks down dangerous criminals.
Chang- yi (Lee Byung-hun) is the leader of a group of tough-as- nails bandits.
Tae-goo (Song Kang-ho) is a train robber with nine lives.

The three strangers engage in a chase across Manchuria to take possession of a map Tae-goo discovers while robbing the train. Also on the hunt for the mysterious map are the Japanese army and Asian bandits. In this unpredictable, escalating battle for the map, who will stand as the winner in the end?
  • *Artwork to be confirmed


  • Running Fast: The Making Of The Good The Bad The Weird
  • The Good The Bad The Weird And The Vicious: Interview With Director And The Cast
  • Analogue: Cinematography, Lighting, Action Sequences, Sound
  • Space: Production Design, Costumes, Set Decoration
  • Deleted Scenes

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 Average rating (17 reviews)

 what a rush!

| | See all sammysin's reviews (33)

this movie is 2 and a quarter hours of mayhem, knives, guns, laughs and the rest. it's by the director of other very highly rated korean movies (A Bittersweet Life & A Tale of Two Sisters).... not for a second did it drag on. The pacing is near perfect, forget clint eastwood, it's all about Kim Ji Woon. you owe it to yourself to watch this movie. I'd get it without the second disc, but that is just a bonus.

 Bold, Inventive, Explosive

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Korean director Kim Jee Woon returns with 'The Good The Bad The Weird' the follow up to 'A Bittersweet Life', but whilst the latter was a stylish slice of Korean gangsterism this one is a totally diffrent animal all together.

Set in 1930's Machuria it follows 3 diffrent types of outlaw, one a bandit, another the leader and most feared assasin in Manchuria and the other a bounty hunter for hire. All involved in the hunt for a map which has the markings for treasure on it.

The film opens in fantastic style with the a massive action set piece aboard a train, here we are introduced to the main players, Kang-ho Song as the Weird, Byung-hun Lee as the Bad and Woo-sung Jung as the Good. What follows here is an exellent opening with some fantastic action as the Weird stumbles across the map by accident as the Bad and his gang are set to jump aboard and go directly for it. The shoot out which follows is entertaining and the introduction of the Good is subtly handled as he is watching the carnage and gun fire from a safe view, but it's not long before he himself is involved in the melee of bullets.

The setting of 30's Manchuria is an inspired one and features some great panaramas and is a fantastic back drop for the action.

The main cast members are all great in their roles also, with great comic relief coming from Kang-ho Song's 'Weird' who is genuinley funny and a real treat to watch, although the humour never interupts or detracts from the story or action. Byung-hun Lee's 'Bad' is also a revalation, very unique in his look and a very violent character, but for all his repulsive actions and bad humour he is great to watch and it's hard not enjoy his screen precence. The 'Good' played with efforless cool from Woo-sung Jung is also great, a ruthless bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to get to the map, he also has one of the best sequances in the film where he swings around on a rope taking out the Bad's henchmen with realative ease. Also his fragile teaming with the Weird brings some great laughs as both are so diffrent from one another.

The main focus in this film however is undoubtly the action set pieces, which are brilliant and well choerographed, all the action is great to watch with it's bombastic and gung-ho shoot outs that just never get dull. The best section however is the epic chase toward the end as the Wierd, with said map, is racing toward the treasure, behinde is both the Bad and Good, various other bandits and the Japanese army, who are also now after the map even though they dont really no what it is a map to or for. This is a brilliant set piece with explosions, gun fire, horses, bikes and is enlessly watchable.
Kim Jee Woon has created a chase sequance that is both great to watch and well choreographed.

The finale to the movie is a an obvious homage to the films of Sergio Leone, particually the 'Dollars' trilogy, but it never feels like a cheap imitation or rip off, you can see that Kim Jee Woon has a huge amount of admiration and respect for the source material he is giving a cheeky nod toward.

This film has so many great moments, violent and funny in equal mesure and the Weird in the Divers helmet is definatley a highlight.

Director Kim Jee Woon has once again proved he is the master of genre film making, not afraid to take you on a journey of shoot outs and explosions with a good but not overpowering dose of humour.

 Not very good

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This film is very poor. Yes it looks nice, there is lots of shooting, but this comes at the expensive of the story which is seriously lacking. Its a movie with brillant set pieces for the various different gangs to shot each other. Nothing if any interest happens.

I knew this film was in trouble when the only thing I really remember is the random African characters.

Africans in China... Madness!

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ActorsKang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Kyeong-hun Jo, Kwang-il Kim, Cheong-a Lee, Dong-seok Ma, Dal-su Oh, Seo-won Oh, Seung-su Ryu, Byung-ho Son, Young-chang Song, Ji-won Uhm & Je-mun Yun
DirectorJi-woon Kim
Certificate15 years and over
Year2008
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesKorean - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish For The Hearing Impaired ; English
Duration2 hours and 10 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.