The Good, The Bad, & The Weird is Released

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈, Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom) is a 2008 South Korean western film by Kim Ji-woon, it stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung.

It premiered on May 24, 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival. This film was inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Though you may think you're here to see how Kim (whom you may remember from his terrific horror entry A Tale of Two Sisters) plays with the western genre, you're really here for the action sequences. There are two spectacular ones: the rollicking train robbery that opens the film, and a later all-stops-out chase scene involving several gangs of bandits and the Japanese army. These aren't the sort of scenes that bring you to the edge of your seat, but rather the sort that put a steady, delighted grin on your face. Unapologetically goofy, absurdly attenuated, brilliantly paced, and backed by a rousing musical score, they alone make the film worth sitting through.