Tuesday, July 12, 2011
365 Movies Day #105 "The Good, The Bad, The Weird"
Not to be outdone by Miike, Korean director Jee-woon Kim also tackles the Asian western with his film "The Good, The Bad, The Weird". It seems as if Miike and Kim are mirroring each other with Kim's horror flicks also of a same vein. It wasn't that long ago that we talked about Kim's "I SAW THE DEVIL" which is definitely on a level with Miike's graphic horror elements.
"The Good, the Bad, the Weird" is a fun flick, opening with a train robbery where all three of our leads are revealed and progressing through a great series of action sequences, comic relief and old west craziness culminating in an ending shootout and a motorcycle, horse, jeep race featuring a host of players. If you like the trailer, definitely check it out.
Kang-ho Song, who plays Yoon Tae-goo or "The Weird" can also be seen in two of the vengeance trilogy by Chan-wook Park and is a riot to watch in this film. Byung-hun Lee we talked about before with "I SAW THE DEVIL" and his role as Storm Shadow in "GI JOE". He plays Park Chang-yi or "The Bad" and is chillingly badass. The stoic paladinesque lawman of the tale or "The Good"(Park Do-won / The Good) is wonderfully portrayed by Woo-sung Jung.
I've discovered a whole new genre of film with Asian westerns and I must say it's been a blast! Between this film and "Sukiyaki Western Django" though, this is my favorite.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD ON IMDB