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Joheunnom Nabbeunnom Isanghannom (2008)

Genre: Action/Adventure/Western/Comedy
 
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung
English title: The Good, the Bad, the Weird. In the 1930’s, in erstwhile Manchuria, a treasure map that allegedly leads to the hidden riches of the Qing Dynasty is in the hands of the Japanese. A South Korean hit man Park Chang-yi (Lee) has been hired to retrieve the map from the Japanese whilst it is on a train passing through Manchuria. A bounty hunter, Park Do-won (Jung) is on the very train to capture Park Chang-yi and claim his bounty. Along with the duo is a petty thief, Yoon Tae-goo (Kang-ho) who co-incidentally decides to rob that very train unaware of the presence of the other two. With the maps existence becoming common knowledge in the Manchurian underworld, a group of Mongolian bandits are silent spectators to the commotion on the train, waiting for the right time to strike. Amidst this confusion, Yoon Tae-goo escapes with the map and heads towards the Ghost Market where he consults with his brother and intends to find the treasure. The Japanese government is keen to get the map back as they intend to stabilise the governments financial resources with this treasure. A wild goose chase ensues with four different groups hot on the trail of Yoon Tae-goo who would go to any length to get a hold of the map. The movie is a comical adaptation of the classic movie The Good, The Bad, The Ugly with the most fundamental story being inspired from it. The movie has a lot of action which is thankfully not kung-fu and the typical action that one would normally associate movies from this region to have, instead it is far more mature and enjoyable. A very good adaptation of the Clint Eastwood classic which is thoroughly enjoyable.
Thumbs up: Great action
Thumbs down: Maybe some humour that could actually make you laugh hard
Rating: 7.5/10
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