The Good, the Bad, the Weird is the Weird


The Good, the Bad, the Weird – Movie Poster

The Good, The Bad, The Weird, a western flick shot in the East with gunfights and chase scenes.  It is a hard to follow plot about three Koreans far from, but The Weird stole the show as the best character of the three.

A western movie based off the famous The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly follows three Koreans through Manchuria during the 1930s on a search to find and hold onto a treasure map. A Korean gang hires The Bad, Chang-yi Park, to steal the map from the Japanese Army because they want the treasure.  An independence movement also hires a bounty hunter to steal the same map before The Bad.  Do-won Park is The Good.  Finally we are introduced to The Weird, Tae-goo Yun, who happens to stumble onto the map while robbing a train. The rest of the movie is spent with the three characters chasing each other through the dessert and finally ends with a classic shootout.

The film’s opening scenes sets up the whole movie by introducing the treasure map, the three characters, and the action.  With some comedy mixed in, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is filled with action that is captured with great skill by director Kim Jee-Woon.  The entire movie leans closer to an action film, instead of the traditional western.

Similar to how The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was a Western, made by an Italian, and shot in Spain, this movie is a western, made by a Korean, and shot in China.  At the time of its release, it was the most expense Korean film ever made.  While the movie had some trouble before and during production, it was well received once it was released.

The Weird is the best character of the three.  He is a funny train-bandit that lacks any real skills.  Moving to Manchuria to forget his past in Korea, The Weird does not do a good job of staying out of trouble.  While The Good and The Bad are both the best at their respectable jobs, The Weird stumbles upon the map due to a poorly planned train robbery.  He spends the rest of the movie stumbling around in search of a treasure, which he believes was buried by the Qing Dynasty.

Tae-goo hopes to leave his poor life and begin to live richly.  Through out the movie, he has characteristics of good, bad, weird, and ugly.  The Weird risks his own life to save four children making him good.  He is bad when he is terrorizing women and chopping off fingers.  Tae-goo also acts as a mercenary making him ugly.  Finally during the whole movie he is obviously weird with the help of his goofy personality.

While the plot can be hard to follow, the action is well shot and there are numerous funny moments scattered throughout.  Out of the three main characters, it is The Weird that makes the movie and also embodies the three traits of good, bad and weird.


The Good, the Bad, the Weird. Dir. Kim Ji-Woon. Perf. Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung. Barunson Co. Ltd., 2008. Film.

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