YMMV: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Tae-goo's past is mostly an enigma. Why did he leave Korea? Did he regret the things he did, or was he just putting on an image to throw off his enemies?
  • Ass Pull: Tae-goo's survival of the final shoot-out in the Korean version. Although some could argue that Tae-goo and Do-won dying in the international version made watching the film entirely pointless.
  • Crazy Awesome: This is how Tae-goo has managed to stay alive for so long. In the extended ending, he even survives by wearing a metal plate beneath his quilted shirt.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Chang-yi
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The desert chase, for both Tae-goo and Do-won.
    • Again, Tae-goo's survival of the shoot out.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire damn soundtrack
  • Evil Is Cool: Chang-yi
  • Evil Is Sexy: Chang-yi is the only one who we get to see shirtless. And he's ripped.
  • Funny Moments: Almost anything involving Tae-goo.
    • In the extended ending, while preparing to blow up Chang-yi's corpse, Tae-goo finds himself surrounded by the Japanese army, so he threatens them with a stick of dynamite and flicks the lighter close to it. The army retreats, and Tae-goo slowly realises that he actually lit the dynamite by mistake. His reaction is priceless.
    • Tae-goo wearing a diving helmet in the Ghost Market fight. He spends the fight running around trying to keep his balance and attempting to shoot Chang-yi's thugs wearing the heavy thing. Furthermore, the diving helmet proves to be very tight as well.
    • Tae-goo finally gets to the place where the treasure is supposed to be, and searches for it through a pair of wallet binoculars... only to find the end of Do-won's gun barrel instead.
    • Early in the film, when Tae-goo takes the map and goes up to rest in his room. Byung-choon and his thugs spot Tae-goo walking upstairs and hope to kill him and try and get the map. Unfortunately for them, Tae-goo hears their approaching footsteps and calls out, "Who is it?" and Byung-choon, on the other side of the door, accidentally reveals himself. It's his frustrated expression that's so funny.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Tae-goo helping the children escape from the opium den.
  • Tear Jerker: The international ending is just depressing.
    • The last we see of Man-gil, he's mortally wounded and lying in Tae-goo's arms. We get the impression that he's not going to make it.
  • Whatan Idiot: Byung-choon blowing his chance at killing Tae-goo and taking the map for himself, as mentioned in the funny moments above. He catches himself on his mistake, but it's too late.