The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a colorful Korean film that plays omage to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and a self described "Kimchi Western" by Wordof God. While the original is an epic Spaghetti Western, the remake is a more fast-paced and less serious action film.Three Koreans in exile cross paths 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 Bounty Hunter, 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 Sukiyaki Western Django.
The Good, the Bad, the Weird provides examples of the following tropes:
Anachronism Stew: 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 If it's supposed to be set in the early 1930s in Manchuria, then Good uses mostly outdated guns from the 1890s (except a very "modern" revolver), Bad is using a "modern" revolver and submachine gun that wasn't even produced till 1941, while Weird's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 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.
Ass Shove: Tae-goo kills two people this way. When the Japanese find the bodies, they think he's a pervert.
Evil Costume Switch: A zig-zagging example. As the "Finger-chopper", Tae-goo wore a black Badass Biker outfit instead of the brown clothes he wears during the movie. In The Stinger during the credits, he's shown back in his old gear.
One-Man Army: Do-won. This becomes apparent when he takes on an entire cavalry company of the Japanese Army. By himself. And wins.
Opium Den: Tae-goo ends up in one, though he's really only looking for a room to spend the night.
Pet the Dog: 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.
Rasputinian Death: All three main characters take about a dozen bullets before going down.
Re Cut: 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 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.
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 For a Few Dollars More 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 Once Upon a Time in the West.
In the alternative ending, it's revealed that Tae-goo pulled the same trick as Joe in A Fistful of Dollars.
The Unreveal: 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.
Unorthodox Reload: Do-won cocks his lever-action shotgun by flipping it over his fingers during the climax of the film.
Worthless Yellow Rocks: 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 The Treasure of the Sierra Madreespecially 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.