The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 11,620 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Western
  • Release Date: 17 July 2008 (South Korea)
  • Runtime: South Korea:139 min | South Korea:120 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Argentina:130 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Japan:129 min | USA:130 min
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $128,486(USA)(27 June 2010)
  • Director: Jee-woon Kim
  • Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee and Woo-sung Jung
  • Original Music By: Dalparan  Yeong-gyu Jang   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Map | Manchuria | Treasure | Bounty Hunter | Reward

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jee-woon Kim  screenplay
  • Min-suk Kim  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Most expensive movie in South Korean cinema history as per 2009.
  • Actor Woo-sung Jung (“The Good”) broke his arm during filming.
  • Director Jee-woon Kim says he’d like this to be called a “kimchee western”, after the Korean food made with fermented cabbages. He says he thinks the plot and film are spicy and vibrant, like the Korean culture and people.

Goofs: Anachronisms: When Park Chang-yi spins a supposedly 78-rpm record in Kim Pan-joo's office, the record he play is a 33 1/3 rpm Angel record. Angel records were not around in the 1940's (the record label is from the 1970's). Furthermore, Angel records specialize in classical music and would not release a record of Glenn Miller music even if they had been around at the time of this movie.

Plot: The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Jae-Won Choi known as associate producer
  • Jae-Won Choi known as producer
  • Joon H. Choi known as co-producer
  • Joo-Sung Kim known as associate producer
  • Jung-hwa Kim known as co-producer
  • Miky Lee known as executive producer
  • Sang-Yong Lee known as co-producer
  • Woo-sik Seo known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kang-ho Song known as Yoon Tae-goo / The Weird
  • Byung-hun Lee known as Park Chang-yi / The Bad
  • Woo-sung Jung known as Park Do-won / The Good
  • Je-mun Yun known as Byung-choon (as Jae-moon Yoon)
  • Seung-su Ryu known as Man-gil (as Seung-soo Ryu)
  • Young-chang Song known as Kim Pan-joo
  • Byung-ho Son known as Seo Jae-sik
  • Dal-su Oh known as Messenger for Kim Pan-joo (as Dai-soo Oh)
  • Cheong-a Lee known as Song-yi (as Chung-ah Lee)
  • Kwang-il Kim known as Two Blades
  • Dong-seok Ma known as Bear (as Don Lee)
  • Kyeong-hun Jo known as Doo-chao (as Kyung-hoon Cho)
  • Hang-soo Lee known as Karemaru
  • Hyun Joong Kang known as Ghost Market Gang Leader
  • Sung-min Lee known as Chef
  • Chang-sook Ryu known as Granny
  • Seo-won Oh known as Chinese woman
  • Ji-won Uhm known as Na-yeon

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Production Companies:

  • Barunson
  • CJ Entertainment
  • Cineclick Asia
  • Grimm Pictures

Other Companies:

  • HFR  dailies
  • HFR  digital cinema
  • HFR  digital intermediate

Distributors:

  • Mediatres Estudio (2010) (Spain) (all media) (Distribution)
  • IFC Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Showgate (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • ARP Sélection (2008) (France) (all media)
  • CJ Entertainment (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • CJ Entertainment (2008) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Huayi Brothers (2008) (China) (all media)
  • Innoform Media (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • MPI Media Group
  • Min Gyo Group (2008) (Australia) (all media)
  • Saigon Movies Media (2008) (Vietnam) (all media)
  • Seven Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Shaw Organisation (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Splendid Film (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Tartan Films (2008) (UK) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Jeong Jaehoon known as digital artist
  • Seo Jungwook known as research and development
  • Jason Madigan known as technical director

Release Date:

  • France 24 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • South Korea 17 July 2008
  • Vietnam 29 August 2008
  • Canada 12 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 19 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 25 September 2008 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Spain October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • UK October 2008 (London Film Festival)
  • USA 18 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • USA 18 October 2008 (Hawaii Film Festival)
  • Argentina 7 November 2008 (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
  • Singapore 13 November 2008
  • UK 13 November 2008 (Liverpool Korean Film Festival)
  • UK 14 November 2008 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Greece 20 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Taiwan 21 November 2008
  • Sweden 26 November 2008 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 7 December 2008 (FilmAsia Festival)
  • South Korea 12 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • France 17 December 2008
  • Ireland 6 February 2009
  • UK 6 February 2009 (limited)
  • Hong Kong 3 April 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 16 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • Denmark 18 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
  • Greece 11 June 2009
  • Germany 30 July 2009
  • Romania 7 August 2009
  • Japan 29 August 2009
  • Finland 18 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Bulgaria 9 October 2009
  • Poland 9 October 2009
  • Netherlands 9 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 23 April 2010 (New York City, New York)
  • Estonia 4 June 2010
  • Canada 6 August 2010 (Toronto)
  • Sweden 25 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 26 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • South Korea 7 October 2011 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Italy 18 November 2011
  • Malta 11 January 2012

MPAA: Rated R for nonstop violence and some drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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