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'''''The Good, the Bad, the Weird''''' is a colorful Korean film that plays homage to ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', and a self described "Kimchi Western" by WordOfGod. While the original is an epic SpaghettiWestern, the remake is a more fast-paced and less serious action film.

Three Koreans in exile cross paths [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar in 1930s Manchuria during the Japanese occupation.]] Park Chang-yi, the hitman/bandit leader, is hired to steal a treasure map from a Japanese official, but a train robber, Yoon Tae-goo, beats him to the punch -- only to be captured by a BountyHunter, Park Do-won. Tae-goo talks Do-won into helping him search for the treasure instead, and they set off through the desert together, with Chang-yi's gang ''and'' the Japanese army in pursuit. During the action-filled chase that follows, each of the three turns out to have some hidden motives.

Compare and Contrast with ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango''.
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!!''The Good, the Bad, the Weird'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionSurvivor: Tae-goo seems to be this; no-one knows what skills he has, they just know that he survives no matter what you throw at him. In several scenes he gets away only because Do-won helps him out. In truth, though, this is ObfuscatingStupidity, and he is in fact a textbook CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. [[spoiler:Subverted in the international cut, played straight in the extended Korean version.]]
* AffablyEvil: Tae-goo doesn't seem all that bad until you realise that he [[spoiler: was once a ruthless serial mutilator]].
* AnachronismStew: With guns and most of the military hardware. If it's supposed to be set in the early 1930s in Manchuria, then Good uses mostly outdated guns from the 1890s (except a very "modern" revolver), Bad is using a "modern" revolver and submachine gun that wasn't even produced till 1941, while Weird's Walthers P38, as the name implies, were put into service in 1938. Not to mention the military trucks and jeeps, being mostly post-WWII models (but still Imperial Army soldiers are the most accurately outfitted to the time period).
** Maybe not - during the course of the film, it is stated that Tae-goo is 35 years old, and [[spoiler: his new wanted poster at the end of the film]] says that he was born in 1906, which would place the film in the year 1941.
*** The jeeps still don't belong there.
* AntiVillain: Chang-yi, surprisingly.
** Do-won could also arguably be considered an AntiHero. It's interesting to note that if one tallies kill counts throughout the film by the three protagonists, Chang-yi (The Bad) is the least murderous of the three while Do-won (The Good) racks up the highest body count.
* AssShove: Tae-goo kills two people this way. When the Japanese find the bodies, they think he's a pervert.
* BadassLongcoat: Chang-yi and Do-won -- the latter providing the movie's ShoutOut to the iconic standoff in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.
* BerserkButton: Chang-yi is driven into a psychopathic rage at the mention of Tae-goo's name, especially if his prowess as a fighter is also mentioned.
* BigDamnHeroes: Do-won's HorsebackHeroism moments as mentioned below. Also, in the Korean cut, Do-won's survival is explained by his sister Song-yi's arrival to help him.
* BulletproofFashionPlate: Come rain, come shine or come gunfights in the desert, Chang-yi's shirt collar remains crisp and white.
* CameraAbuse: The camera gets sprayed with blood, mud and shrapnel, and even hit by a horse.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Chang-yi delivers a nasty one on Man-gil.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Called ''Il buono, il matto, il cattivo'' in Italy.
* LesCollaborateurs: Some of the characters in the movie are wealthy Koreans who work for the Japanese. They all tend to die rather messily.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Tae-goo. Most of the movie seems to be geared towards making us forget his very introduction scene.
* DestinationDefenestration: Man-gil gets thrown out a window by Chang-yi.
* DiedinyourArmsTonight: Possibly [[spoiler: Man-gil, who was last scene lying, critically wounded, in Tae-goo's arms]].
* DisproportionateRetribution
* DownerEnding: In the International cut, at least.
* TheEmpire: Of Japan.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: A zig-zagging example. [[spoiler:As the "Finger-chopper", Tae-goo wore a black BadassBiker outfit instead of the brown clothes he wears during the movie. In TheStinger during the credits, he's shown back in his old gear.]]
* {{Expy}}: Do-won, Tae-goo and Chang-yi are Expies of [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Blondie, Tuco and Angel Eyes]], respectively. Chang-yi's employee could also count as one of Baker from the same film.
** This counts for triple in Do-won's case as Blondie is himself an Expy of [[Film/{{Yojimbo}} Sanjuro Kuwabatake]], who was himself based on the protagonist of RedHarvest.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Look closely in the salesmen scene at the beginning, you can spot both Do-won taking his seat and Tae-goo's friend Man-gil trying to talk to him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Chang-yi, a hitman, scoffs at Koreans who are loyal to Japan.
* FastRoping: Do-won during the Ghost Market fight, wielding his rifle [[ImprobableAimingSkills with one hand]].
* {{Fingore}}: Happened to [[spoiler:Chang-yi at the hands of Tae-goo]], and Chang-yi nearly does this to Man-gil.
* GiantMook: Two actually.
* GigglingVillain: Tae-goo.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Starts off this way, but progresses into MoralityKitchenSink by the end of the film.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: Only villains and mooks use automatic weapons.
* GunsAkimbo: Tae-goo
* GunTwirling: Chang-yi does this at several points; most notably before holstering his gun after killing one of his mooks who suggested that Tae-goo might have bested him a duel.
** Do-won does it with his ''rifle''.
* {{Guyliner}}
* HairTriggerTemper: Chang-yi. Don't look, talk, interact with him in any way; the chances are, he will kill you, for no damn good reason at all.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Chang-yi]]. Missing the left index finger, but he's right-handed, so he can shoot just fine.
* HandwrapsofAwesome: Tae-goo.
* HatDamage: Do-won gets a bullet through the brim of his hat during the gun battle with Japanese Army, and Chang-yi shoots Tae-goo's aviator cap off his head just before the final showdown.
* HighSpeedHijack: During the battle with the Japanese troops, Tae-goo leaps from his motorcycle into a jeep which he immediately commandeers. The soldier who jumps from the jeep to the motorcycle is less lucky, as the bike immediately crashes.
* HorsebackHeroism: Do-won comes charging into the Ghost Market on horseback to save Man-gil from Chang-yi. He later charges into the middle of a Japanese cavalry troop in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* IHatePastMe / ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler:Tae-goo's]] past deeds, depending on your interpretation.
* ImperialJapan: The occupiers of Manchuria [[TheExile and Korea]] and a major opponent.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: For all three of the protagonists: Do-won dresses like a cowboy, Chang-yi like a pop star, and Tae-goo like a hipster RummageSaleReject. And they are all in 1930s Manchuria.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* ImprovisedArmour: The diving helmet in the Ghost Market scene.
** [[spoiler: In the Korean version, Tae-goo survives the three way shoot out by wearing an oven plate underneath his green vest.]]
* KarmaHoudini: In the Korean ending, [[spoiler: Tae-goo receives no comeuppance for his past deeds as the Finger-chopper and gets away with the bounty on him raised]].
* KickTheDog
* KnifeNut: Chang-yi. [[spoiler:Tae-goo when he was the Finger-Chopper.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: Known in France as ''Le Bon, la Brute et le Cinglé'' (''The Good, the Brute and the Lunatic''). It's reproduces the French official title of ''The Good, the Bad and the Ugly''.
** The Italian title is ''Il buono, il matto, il cattivo'' (''The Good, the Crazy, the Bad''), as a reference to the original film's Italian title, ''Il buono, il '''brutto''', il cattivo''.
* MexicanStandoff / ShowdownAtHighNoon
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: A 9 or 10. As well as Do-won mowing people down, there's stabbing in the throat, Japanese spies getting spikes shoved up their asses, impaling, and a ton of {{Fingore}} (thanks to the reveal of [[spoiler:Tae-goo's]] past identity), notably even attempted on Man-gil by Chang-yi.
* MoodWhiplash
* MoralityPet: Tae-goo's family.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: The movie ends with [[spoiler:Tae-goo]] riding along a road on the edge of a cliff.
* MrFanservice: Chang-yi
* NewOldWest: Except it's in the East.
* NeverTrustaTrailer: The international trailer plays up the scenes between Do-won and Tae-goo, when in fact they have very few scenes together and team up only briefly.
* NiceHat: Do-won; Tae-goo
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Poor Man-gil... he gets slashed multiple times with a knife, thrown out a window, stabbed and has a knife dug into his finger before being dragged through the mud by a horse.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tae-goo
* OneManArmy: Do-won. This becomes apparent when he takes on an entire cavalry company of the Japanese Army. By himself. And ''wins.''
* OpiumDen: Tae-goo ends up in one, though he's really only looking for a room to spend the night.
* OutlawTown: The Ghost Market.
* PetTheDog: Tae-goo's kindness to those children. Do-won's expression of idealistic sentiments might also qualify. He's not a bad guy to begin with, but is more sympathetic after showing he does his work because of a code, not just for the cash.
* PluckyComicRelief: Tae-goo.
* QuickDraw
* QuickNip
* TheQuietOne: Do-won
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:All three main characters take about a dozen bullets before going down.]]
** We never see [[spoiler: Man-gil]] again after his torture in the Ghost Market, so it's likely that after being slashed, thrown through a window by Chang-yi, stabbed in the leg, had a knife dug into his finger and got dragged through the ground on a horse, this may have happened to him.
* ReCut: The alternative ending found on most of the DVD's is basically just a longer version of the Ending which closes some plot elements like [[spoiler:what happened to the rest of the Japanese army]] and gives a clearer explanation for what we see at the end of the theatrical version.
* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' WITH KOREANS IN 1930s MANCHURIA!
* RetiredMonster: Tae-goo [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Finger-chopper]]
* RuleOfCool: TheWestern.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Possibly Man-gil]].
* SatelliteCharacter: Do-won serves nothing more than a foil to Tae-goo.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: The [[spoiler:mob boss that Do-won interrogates at the end of the Korean version]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:All three of them, in the international cut]].
* ShoutOut
** Toward the end of the film, Chang-yi shoots off Tae-goo's hat and keeps shooting it every time Tae-goo tries to retrieve it from the ground. This is quite similar to a scene in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' where Monco and Colonel Mortimer do this to each other.
** During the climactic standoff, a panning shot shows Chang-yi and Tae-goo in the distance, with Do-won in the foreground, seen from the back, wearing his longcoat and carrying his Winchester rifle. This mirrors the scene in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.
** In the alternative ending, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Tae-goo pulled the same trick as Joe]] in ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''.
* SlippingAMickey: Tae-goo is slipped a mickey by one of the girls in the brothel, so the pimp can steal the map and sell it to the Japanese.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Na-yun is the only prominent female character in the film, and she only appears in the Korean version. Do-won's sister Song-yi is also in the film, though she doesn't have as much to do.
* SpaghettiWestern: The film is indebted to this genre.
* SpellMyNamewithanS: The romanizations of the names vary wildly.
* SternChase
* SuperWindowJump: Tae-goo jumps out a window during the inn chase.
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin is spoken throughout the movie.
* TrainJob / TraintopBattle: Conflicting attempts to rob a train lead to a traintop battle in the opening of the film.
* TranquilFury: Do-won when he's angry.
* TheUnreveal: After hearing Tae-goo's dream and motivation for pursuing the treasure, Do-Won starts talking about his own dream. But before he can say what it actually is he stops when he realizes Tae-goo fell asleep, and the topic never comes up again.
* UnorthodoxReload: Do-won cocks his lever-action rifle by flipping it over his fingers during the climax of the film.
* VillainProtagonist: Tae-goo. Kim and Song went into this film knowing that this was going to be his movie.
* WarriorPoet
* WhatADrag: Man-gil and Tae-goo both have this happen to them, although it's not known whether Man-gil lives in the end.
* WhatHappenedtotheMouse: Granny and Man-gil are never seen again after the Ghost Market, although it's possible that Man-gil may have died from his injuries after his ''brutal'' beating.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath
* WhyAmITicking: When Tae-goo commandeers a Japanese jeep and throws the driver out, he stuffs a lit stick of dynamite down the back of the driver's pants. The driver has a few seconds to realise something is horribly wrong before he blows up.
** Later, in the Korean ending, [[spoiler: Tae-goo is very slow to realise the stick of dynamite in his hand is close to blowing up. He throws it away, though.]]
* WireFu
* WorthlessYellowRocks: [[spoiler:The so-called treasure map actually led to an oil well, which is of no value to the protagonists.]] This kind of seems to evoke ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' [[spoiler:especially in the version of the film where all three protagonists die needlessly. In other versions, there's a consolation in that Tae-goo and possibly Do-won as well are implied to have left with some of the loot Chang-yi brought with him.]]
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