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This time a gem of Korean cinema that sadly a lot of people don't know about.

Back when I still got Neo before they started price jacking and their reviews generally going horribly wonky and questionable, they mentioned this film once saying that the director, Kim Jee-Woon wanted to do a throw back to the Korean style spaghetti western he loved as a kid given much like in the west it became largely a dead genre only poked every so often but way past it's hey day.

This is the result.

The plot is pretty standard fare, the Good is after the Bad (Who really is and a suave swine at that) and the Weird keeps popping up, trolling about and causing his own bit of mayhem as he constantly eludes everybody and now he has a map to treasure the Bad wants. You want an epic train fight? You got it. Bar brawl? Yep. Hauling through a town with people going flying as snipers get involved? Got it. It's just such a fun film.

Oddly enough the ending on at least the UK edition (Given they often fiddle with things before things distribute here) feels strange and forced. It gets stranger when the first menu item known as the Korean ending is EXACTLY what you expected to happen and wonderful for that very reason. It could be the west messing with it thinking it was too fun for a Korean film end given most often they don't tend to end on a light tone or something else, who knows? Just bear that in mind if you watch it so you get the proper ending!

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Original release date: 2008
My copy's date: 2009
DVD length - 124 minutes
Source of acquisition: I think I found this at a market
Released here.
Notes: Asian cinema produces absolute GEMS, this just happens to be one of them :)

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japanshin
Oct. 3rd, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
I love this one!!!
feather_dancer
Oct. 3rd, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy other people have seen it too it's great :D
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