R&A 09: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

2 h 0 min  |  -  |  Release Date: 18.9.2009

Chang-yi (Lee Byung-heon), a dandy hit-man with a perpetually bemused, go-ahead-call-me-a-psycho grin on his face, is hired to retrieve a certain map currently in the hands of a Japanese banker. Unbeknownst to him, meanwhile, bounty hunter Do-won (Jung Woo-sung) is sent by the Korean independence army for the same mission. To their irritation, however, the map is snatched by train robber Tae-gu (Song Kang-ho), who is convinced that it leads to the fabled treasures of the fallen Qing dynasty.

– KYU HYUN KIM, KOREANFILM.ORG

A Kimchi Western that draws shamelessly on its spaghetti forebears (Italo-Western) but remains utterly, bracingly Korean.

– DEREK ELLEY, VARIETY

A frequently exhilarating if often maddening mash-up of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, George Miller’s apocalyptic road movies and a frantic brand of comedy that’s quintessentially Korean. In Japanese-controlled Korea in the 1930s, bandits, soldiers and scoundrels of all stripes knock heads and exchange fire during the hunt for a treasure map.

– JASON ANDERSON, EYEWEEKLY

    

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