In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »
A guksu western. Three Korean gunslingers are in Manchuria circa World War II: Do-wan, an upright bounty hunter, Chang-yi, a thin-skinned and ruthless killer, and Tae-goo, a train robber with nine lives. Tae-goo finds a map he's convinced leads to buried treasure; Chang-yi wants it as well for less clear reasons. Do-wan tracks the map knowing it will bring him to Chang-yi, Tae-goo, and reward money. Occupying Japanese forces and their Manchurian collaborators also want the map, as does the Ghost Market Gang who hangs out at a thieves' bazaar. These enemies cross paths frequently and dead bodies pile up. Will anyone find the map's destination and survive to tell the tale?Written by
In studying the map, he says that the Russian words mean it could be the "Maritime Province". In North America "Maritime Province" means the eastern seaboard of Canada. To a Korean it means the Primorsky Krai, the coastal region of Siberia that abuts northern Korea. See more »
When Park Chang-yi throws the knife and impales the centipede, he is wearing modern boxer brief underwear. See more »
[shoots open the lid of a metal can and looks inside]
What's that smell? Is the treasure rotting?
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Be sure to watch the credits, as they show great movie stills as well as behind the scenes movie stills. See more »
After the release in Cannes the film got two final versions, a Korean and an international one. The international version is shorter and has better pacing and the music changes slightly in some scenes. The main difference in the Korean version is the ending, which adds a few more scenes after the Mexican standoff giving (some rather vague) explanation for the film's epilogue. See more »
Of the few Korean films i have seen , the best word to describe them all is eccentric and The Good The Bad & The Weird certainly lives up to that. This movie looks fantastic , almost epic like and you can see a lot of money was spent on the set . It really does have the feel of a western and the three main characters are all very interesting in their own right. The story is a simple one , three men ( and their cronies) are after a treasure map and they will do anything to get hold of it. The minus points of this film are that its half an hour too long and that at times it's to frenetic. Because of the constant action you get a little bombarded with it after a while. On the whole i enjoyed this film but im not too sure i would ever watch it again.
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