Screen/Society--Cine-East--"The Good, the Bad, the Weird" [35mm] -- w/ filmmaker Kim Ji-woon in attendance

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:45pm
Still from KIM Ji-woon's "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"

Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series:

The Good, the Bad, the Weird
(KIM Ji-Woon, 2008, 139 min, South Korea, in Korean w/ subtitles, 35mm)

Q&A to follow with director/co-screenwriter/producer KIM Ji-woon
-- Preceded by a reception w/ Kim Ji-woon, from 5:30pm-7pm in Studio C2-131, Rubenstein Arts Center

A rip-roaring update of classic widescreen Spaghetti Westerns, this action extravaganza of lawless 1930s Manchuria centers upon three strangers — played by Korea’s reigning superstars — who meet fatefully on a train: an implacable bounty hunter (Jung Woo-sung), the merciless leader of a group of bandits (Lee Byung-hun) and a robber with nine lives (Song Kang-ho, The Host). When a mysterious map surfaces, they pursue each other across the desert to claim it, with the Japanese army and a horde of thieves trailing behind them.

"With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931." -- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

"Filled with shoot-outs, knife fights, amazing stuntwork and striking colours, this breathless yarn feels completely bonkers at times." -- Allan Hunter, Daily Express (UK)

“A spaghetti western with Koreans?!?!? Hey, it works! Frenetic action, marvelous set-pieces coupled with quirky humor, and some of the most creative camerawork to grace an action movie makes The Good, the Bad, the Weird an absolute marvel to watch. ” – Albert Kim

Korea Foundation

Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Asian American Studies Program (AASP), and Duke Korea Forum. Made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.


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Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater