The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Released 2008


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Ji-woon Kim
The Good, The Bad, and the Weird is the 2008 mystery adventure that brings together in a sudden dramatic clash a faithful bounty hunter, Park Do-won (Woo-sung Jung), a nasty gangster, Park Chang-yi (Byung-hun Lee), and a simply odd train robber, Yoon Tae-goo (Kang-ho Song). They meet, of all places, on a train in Machuria in the 1940s, where together they discover a mysterious treasure map that promises to lead them to treasure and wealth buried by the Qing Dynasty before its collapse. Enemies in the Japanese army and Chinese bandits seek to close in on the train that careens through the rough terrain as they get closer and closer to their reward. An obvious play on the classic The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Jee-woon Kim directs this hilarious, ridiculous thrill ride that keeps the audience holding their seats until the train's last turn and an anxious desert stand-off.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Knives, explosions and knockabout humor have been added to taste. As vigorously staged as it all is -- sometimes confusingly, occasionally with camera-torqueing flair and impressiv...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    East meets West meets East again, with palate-tingling results, in The Good the Bad the Weird, a kimchi Western that draws shamelessly on its spaghetti forebears but remains utterl...

  • 40

    The New York Times

    The ever reliable, rubber-faced Song Kang-ho plays Tae-goo, the train robber, and gives the film what little comic spark it has.

Kang-ho Song

Kang-ho Song

Yoon Tae-goo / The Weird

Byung-hun Lee

Byung-hun Lee

Park Chang-yi / The Bad

Dal-su Oh

Dal-su Oh

Messenger for Kim Pan-joo

Byung-ho Son

Byung-ho Son

Seo Jae-sik

Woo-sung Jung

Woo-sung Jung

Park Do-won / The Good

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