In the opening scene of this full trailer for Kim Ji-Woon’s tribute to Spaghetti Westerns, a character with two guns enters a train, chewing gum, and begins shooting people without a word; at which point he remembers to tell them not to move, then shoots another person trying to get up after having been shot a second ago. Priceless stuff, and precisely the reason why “The Good, The Bad, and The Weird” is the first Korean movie I’ve wanted to see — as in, I really, really, REALLY want to see — in God knows how many years.
I have to admit, my enthusiasm for Korean cinema has dropped off noticeably in recent years, mostly because they insist on making crappy romcoms that are carbon copies of “My Sassy Girl” (still, 7 years later!), and the latest horror movie about haunted inanimate objects.
But “The Good, The Bad, and the Weird”? Holy God this thing looks good. Production was rumored to have hit a snag once or twice there, and the film, originally scheduled for early 2008, has now been rescheduled for Summer 2008.
Starring Kang-ho Song (“The Host”) as the very violent and trigger-happy “Weird” one, Byung-hun Lee (“G.I. Joe”) as the very slick and charming but utterly “Bad” one, and Woo-sung Jung (“Musa”) as the honorable and “Good” one.
Here’s a lengthy description of the movie from the film’s Korean site:
Set in the 1930s where guns and knives were rampant on a train, a miniature version of the kaleidoscopic and lawless Manchurian desert with various different ethnic groups entangled, three Korean men struggling through the turbulent times encounter each other by fate.
Do-won (JUNG Woo-sung) is a hunter who hunts anything for money including criminals with rewards on their heads. Chang-yi (LEE Byung-hun) is the leader of a group of bandits. He cannot stand to be second best. Tae-goo (SONG Kang-ho) is a self-commando train robber with nine lives.
The three strangers start off on a chase across the continent to take possession of the strange map Tae-goo discovers while robbing the train.
With different speculations on a mysterious map, the Japanese army and bandits also end up joining in the chase. In the midst of a great, unpredictable, mixed-up battle, who will stand in the end as the winner?
Here’s the full trailer from TwitchFilm: