Thursday, February 08, 2007

'The Good, the Bad, and the Weird':
We Have a Cast

The production company Barunson just announced the casting for Kim Ji-woon's next movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD -- and it is a hell of a cast:
  • The Good - Lee Byung-hun
  • The Bad - Jung Woo-sung
  • The Weird - Song Gang-ho

    In addition to those big names, Kim is reuniting with his cinematographer from TALE OF TWO SISTERS, Lee Mo-gae.

    GBW is still just in the script phase, so be prepared for a bit of a wait still. I think they are aiming for summer 2008 for the release. The movie will probably film in China, probably in the northeast (can we still call that Manchuria?).

    Which is kind of funny, considering Jung Woo-sung is in the movie. How many movies has Jung made now, when he has been the long-haired guy in China? One guy at Barunson joked that Jung could be a line producer in China at this point. I'm pleased to see Jung playing "The Bad." Lee Van Cleef was "the Bad" in IL BUONO, IL BRUTO, IL CATTIVO and one of my favorite movie bad-asses of all time, and I hope Jung will follow in his tradition. But if you are going to be "bad," please be bad. Don't be a misunderstood, heart-of-gold "bad." Be baaad. I know you can do it, Jung.

    Amusing sidebar: Apparently GBW will be called "놈, 놈, 놈" (Nom, Nom, Nom) in Korean. Or "Bastard, Bastard, Bastard" (in my bastardized Korean, anyhow). Hah.
    UPDATE: Sorry, but I apparently read the news release too quickly. The Korean title will be a much more normal "좋은놈, 나쁜놈, 이상한놈" (Joheun Nom, Nappeun Nom, Isanghan Nom).
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