Shinema (cinema) Saturday: The Good, The Bad, The Weird {2008}

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

This is one of the movies that I can’t make up my mind if I actually liked the movie or I just liked the movie because of the actors.  So I will go with ” I enjoyed it” and would recommend it because it’s a cult classic and so you can understand my indecisiveness  to put in stone that I liked this movie.

This movie feels like a Quentin  Tarantino vibe with its non linear storyline and awkward camera angles much like Pulp Fiction but Pulp Fiction on speed but I will admit that I loved the cinematography and the constant pace of the movie. It doesn’t suffer from the dreaded boring lapse of time since there is constant movement right from the beginning and many hilarious scenes.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird is set in the 1930’s Manchurian Desert and is basically built around one subject: A treasure map.  It just so happens that Chang-Yi (Lee Byung Hun) is hired  to “steal” the map but as he is close to getting his hands on it, Tae-goo {Song Kang Ho} has lucked up on it and before fleeing the scene is aware that a shootout battle has begun because a few more gangs are looking for the map as well.  Among the battle, there is one man. Do-won {Jung Woo Sung} that is there for a different purpose, he is there to apprehend Chang Yi.    This is the scene that leads off for the rest of the movie, the battle of capturing the man with the treasure map, obtaining the treasure ,and apprehension of Chang Yi.   This movie is ALL ABOUT the battle. It’s 2 hours of shootouts and fights{ Could be that I actually liked this movie for the fighting >:)

The main characters were wonderful in my opinion.  Jung Woo Sung {The Good, Park Do-Won} was sweltering sex in the desert.  His cool and unfazed demeanor was perfect for this role as the bounty hunter.  Lee Byung Hun {The Bad, Park Chang-yi} was crazier than a cuckoo’s nest HAWT.   His intense stare and facial expression was a perfect match for the role of the nutter than a fruit cake gangster. Prehaps this was preparation for his character in I Saw The Devil.  Song Kang Ho { The Weird, Yoon Tae goo}  This character was pure comic relief and Song Kang Ho’s comic timing was on point with the physical comedy.  He had me laughing constantly.

After researching , I found out  it done very well when it was released . I very amazed to see how it garnered at the box office as well  as during the awards season.  These statistics were found through The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s Wiki Page

The Good, the Bad, the Weird earned US$128,486 in North America and US$44,132,723 in other territories, bringing the worldwide gross to US$44,261,209.[14] It was the second highest grossing Korean film in 2008 after Scandal Makers, beating The Chaser.[15]

Awards and nominations

2008 Sitges Film Festival

Best Director – Kim Jee-woonBest Special Effects – Jung Do-ahn
Nomination – Best Film

2008 Hawaii International Film Festival

Maverick Award – Kim Jee-woonBest Supporting Actor – Jung Woo-sung

2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Achievement in Cinematography – Lee Mo-gaeNomination – Achievement in Directing – Kim Jee-woon2008 Blue Dragon Film Awards[16]Best Director – Kim Jee-woonBest Cinematography – Lee Mo-gaeBest Art Direction – Jo Hwa-seong
Most Popular Film
Nomination – Best Film
Nomination – Best Actor – Lee Byung-hunNomination – Best Actor – Song Kang-hoNomination – Best Music – Dalparan and Jang Young-gyu
Nomination – Best Lighting – Oh Seung-chul
Nomination – Technical Award – DTI
2008 Korean Film AwardsBest Cinematography – Lee Mo-gaeBest Art Direction – Jo Hwa-seong
Best Sound
Nomination – Best Director – Kim Jee-woonNomination – Best Actor – Song Kang-hoNomination – Best Music – Dalparan and Jang Young-gyu

2008 Director’s Cut Awards

Best Director – Kim Jee-woon

2009 Asian Film Awards

Best Supporting Actor – Jung Woo-sungNomination – Best FilmNomination – Best Director – Kim Jee-woonNomination – Best Actor – Song Kang-hoNomination – Best Supporting Actor – Lee Byung-hunNomination – Best Cinematography – Lee Mo-gaeNomination – Best Composer – Dalparan and Jang Young-gyu
Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Kim Wook

2009 Baeksang Arts Awards

Nomination – Best Film
Nomination – Best Director – Kim Jee-woonNomination – Best Actor – Song Kang-ho

2009 Grand Bell Awards

Best Costume Design – Kwon Woo-jin, Choi Ui-yeong
Nomination – Best Cinematography – Lee Mo-gaeNomination – Best Editing – Nam Na-yeongNomination – Best Art Direction – Jo Hwa-seong
Nomination – Best Sound Effects
Nomination – Best Visual Effects – Kim Wook

The Good, The Bad, The Weird was a 2008 Korean film written, produced, & directed by Kim Jee Woon. Also written by Kim Min suk  and Produced by Choi Jae Won
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