The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)*

The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a korean movie following the tradition of old spaghetti westerns. The film is set in the 1930's Manchuria. There we find a group of outlaws, the japanese military and a simple thief all chasing after one mysterious treasure map. The exact specifics surrounding the true nature of the map isn't clear, but with the fervor everyone involved in the chase go after the map, you can be damn sure that it's pretty valuable.
The movie has three main characters; the good (Jung woo-sung)), the bad (Lee Byung-hun), and the weird (Song Kang-ho). Out of these three, Song kang-ho's performance stood out the most for me. You may be familiar with him from his roles in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Host and Thirst. Song has that special on-screen presence that only a certain group of great actors command.
Overall, this is a very fast-paced action fun rolled up into a nice package with a Korean touch. However, i felt that it lacked character development. there just wasn't much there for the audience to development any strong connections to the characters. I really wanted to care about what was going on in the screen, but in the end, i couldn't really care less what happened to them. The movie does provide great entertainment and is definitely worth your time, but just don't expect to be blown away.

Rotten Tomatoes- critics- 83%, community 80%
Yong's stars- 7.8/10 (worth a look)
*One of 1001 movies you must see before you die


  1. Song kang-ho's acting never fails.

  2. I first saw his acting through Memory of Murder... I recommend if you didn't see it. Based on true story and that movie was all about his acting... epic movie. It still is one of my favorite movies all time.

  3. just looked at his filmogrpahy... he was in shiri.. haha and correction* saw him in JSA first, but fell in love with his acting after Memory of Murder. hahaha