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  • Summary: Set in the 1930s Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules and many different ethnic groups clash, three Korean men fatefully meet each other on a train. The train’s diverse passengers and imminent danger with guns and knives everywhere serves as a microcosm of the turbulent times. Do-won is a bounty hunter who tracks down any criminals with rewards on their heads. Chang-yi is the leader of a group of tough-as-nails bandits. He cannot stand to be the second best. Tae-goo is a train robber with nine lives. The three strangers engage in a chase across Manchuria to take possession of a map Tae-goo discovers while robbing the train. Also on the hunt for the mysterious map are the Japanese army and Asian bandits. In this unpredictable, escalating battle for the map, who will stand in the end as the winner? (IFC Film) Expand
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  1. 88
    The Good, the Bad, the Weird may owe a lot to other films, but it is always fresh and never boring.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sergio Leone learns to speak Korean in The Good, the Bad, the Weird, an exuberant tale of greed, vengeance and, well, weirdness.
  3. Director Kim Ji-woon creates a funny, fast-moving pastiche of Spielberg, Woo, Leone and George Miller, but it's really a must-see for its three big action set pieces -- which go on for a million years each and become almost hallucinatory.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    East meets West meets East again, with palate-tingling results, in The Good the Bad the Weird, a kimchi Western that draws shamelessly on its spaghetti forebears but remains utterly, bracingly Korean.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Knives, explosions and knockabout humor have been added to taste. As vigorously staged as it all is -- sometimes confusingly, occasionally with camera-torqueing flair and impressive stuntwork -- the urge to thrill grows wearisome. Were audience members to be included as a collective character as well, they'd be "The Tired."
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It’s a lot of fun before it wears you out, and it wears you out sooner than it should.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    The ever reliable, rubber-faced Song Kang-ho plays Tae-goo, the train robber, and gives the film what little comic spark it has.

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  1. Oct 28, 2011
    This is the best movie of 2008. Can one Korean cowboy, a pastiche of Client Eastwood and eastern modesty, take on the whole Japanese army? Yes, he can. The extended chase and gunfight near the end is worth the price of admission alone and puts western action films to shame. Cool, funny, slick, and awesome, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" is the surprise movie you have been waiting for. Collapse
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    This is the kind of action movie you've always wanted to see. A great cast, stunning soundtrack and imaginative action sequences. The movie is light-hearted, with the plot being both simple and complex simultaneously. It has a vibrant visual style that allows the movie to look more expensive than it actually was. Action scenes tend to last upwards of 10 minutes each but you never grow weary as they constantly bring something new to the table. The movie's biggest success is its almost childlike sense of adventure that absorbs you into a crazy world that you don't want to leave Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2013
    Unapologetically strange while remaining immensely enjoyable. Filled with a cast of charismatic protagonists and antagonists, surprising plot twists, deftly choreographed action and plenty of humor. It's Indiana Jones meets every Spaghetti Western you've ever seen all updated for the 21st century. Another one that has been criminally underwatched in the West (despite actually getting a reasonable release slate here). Similarly, it's hard not to see this one getting a remake in the non distant future (for better or worse). Expand
  4. Jon
    Aug 28, 2010
    The Good, the Bad, the Weird is one of this year's best movie so far. It contains some hilarious shootouts and even though the plot itself isn't the best this movie has alot of good moments. If you're looking for a good action comedy that doesn't take itself to seriously, then this movie is highly recommended. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" presents the Korean world of cowboys, which is cool and full of visual action but lacks the brains and a better plot.
  6. LeoL
    Apr 30, 2010
    Starts well but meanders into the distance.
  7. Nov 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Off-kilter Korean neo-western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird," is a frenetic genre mash-up packed with visceral, loopy violence. That isn't a complement so much as it is a description. The problem for me is that the plot, for as convoluted as it gets, is much too threadbare to sustain so much motion. The plot is basically get the map while we learn a bit about the characters, but not so much that the never ending chase and blood bath is really allowed to pause. It has enough motion for easily fifteen other films. In all honesty I looked at the clock at one point and was shocked that the film wasn't even half over. I was exhausted. Despite an interesting setting, lovely visuals, good music and kinetic action this is not a film that works. It is essentially a chase movie that never stops but a poor script, poorly paced action scenes and an overly long running time prevent it from realising it's potential.
    I like the film, I don't love it. I can recommend the film, but at the same time I wish it was better. If you can get past the plot problems and just concentrate on the action you're going to have a great time.

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