Screen/Society--Cine-East: East Asian Cinema--Korea Forum Presents--"The Good, The Bad, The Weird"
The Good, The Bad, The Weird
(Kim Ji-woon, 2008, 139 min, S. Korea, in Korean w/ subtitles, Color)
Introduced by Prof. Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Dept. of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies!
The Good, The Bad, The Weird fondly revisits a popular Korean subgenre in the '60s known as "Manchurian Western," set along the Chinese-Korean border in the '30s, when Japanese colonialism made China's Northeast a frontier land for resistance fighters, outlaws and carpetbaggers. Against this backdrop, 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. Chang-yi is "The Bad," and he'll kill anyone who tries to come between him and the untold treasures of the Qing Dynasty. Just as the cloud of gunpowder begins to clear, a shadowy stranger suddenly appears and rescues Tae-gu from certain death. That stranger is Do-won, "The Good." Do-won has been chasing Tae-gu in hopes that he can capture him and collect the reward money. Now, as these three resolute strangers converge in a sprawling landscape that none of them can truly call home, they quickly discover that Korean resistance fighters, resilient mountain bandits, and the Japanese army also covet the prized map. The fight on the train is only the beginning, too, because when the stakes are this high the action is bound to get bloody.
-- Part of Korea Forum Presents, Cine-East: East Asian Cinema.
"A jaunty, happy-go-lucky adventure that packs a fistful of dynamite in the spectacular showdown." -- Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter
-- Winner for Best Cinematography at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards; nominated in 7 categories at the 2009 Asian Film Awards!
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Asian Pacific Studies Institute and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies