The 30s, Manchuria. The Weird steals a treasure map from an important Japanese. The Bad, a famous hitman, is paid to get back this map. The Good wants to find the holder of the map to pocket the prime. Only one will succeed, if he can take down the Japanese army, the Chinese, the Korean bandits and his two opponents.
A spectacular, eccentric action movie and a surprising and hilarious western!
I'm a fan of the original western movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Sergio Leone, so i was pretty curious about this movie. It takes a lot from the original one (and from other Leone's movies), as expcted, not just the name but lot of things in the plot are similar and also whole scenes and little particulars are taken from it... but at the same time this movie is really different and distant from Leone's work. More a parody or a tribute than anything else, and that's what saves this movie, in my opinion.
The plot is quite simple - 1 treasure map and a lot of people that want it pretty bad - but at the same time, since the rivals are so much, can also be a little confusing. Unfortunately it ends a little bit apruptly, after some really epic scenes you'll find yourself expecting more... But is still ok, i think, since what will catch you while seeing this movie won't be the plot but the view experience itself.
The movie, in fact, it's really well played and well directed: a great action movie with awesome and spectacular fight scenes, and quite of an interesting comedy-western. But what really surprised me were the amazing-peculiar-eccentric scenography and costumes! Those definitely gave a stunning perspective to this movie and helped all the weird characters to be somehow credible (and, therefore, funny and not just "odd").
It's quite a crazy movie, i think... but that's absolutely coherent with something so inchoherent like an "asian western". :D