in about 100 words or less
South Korea 139m, Colour
Director: Kim Ji-woon; Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Yoon Je-moon, Ryoo Seung-soo
Set in Manchuria during the 1930s, The Good, the Bad, and the Weird is a fun and offbeat western movie inspired by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) that tells the story of a stolen treasure map which is believed to lead the way to a fortune buried by China’s Qing Dynasty. In battling for the map, three men – The Good, The Bad, and The Weird are challenged by a group of bandits and even the Japanese Imperial Army who take chase. Despite the many challenges for the map, during which most everyone ends up dead, the three men eventually reach their hard-fought destination, but fail to realize the true significance of their find before their final gun battle. Superbly filmed, this is an action-packed violent story with a surprising and darkly comedic conclusion (Klaus Ming July 2011).