Loading....
Recent Article links:

Article

Save The Green Planet (KOREA 2003)

 

Director / Writer : Jang Jun-Hwan
Cast : Shin Ha-Kyun, Paek Yun-Sik, Hwang Jeong-Min, Lee Jae-Young, Lee Joo-Hyun

Synopsis
Byung-Gu explains to his girlfriend Sooni that aliens live on planet earth and are responsible for all the problems on the planet. Byung concludes that the wealthy and successful businessman Kang Man-Shik is a top alien and so he and Sooni kidnap the man in the hope that he will allow them to speak to the Alien Prince of Andromeda. When Man-Shik responds with confusion at his being kidnapped and doesn’t tell them what they want to hear, Byung-Gu is already prepared. To save the planet he will torture the truth out of the man…

Review
by Martin Cleary

For some reason I thought that Save The Green Planet was a ‘crazy’ comedy. The film’s colourful posters and adverts all depict Shin Ha-Kyun smiling like a moron. Even looking at the dvd case I was still expecting something possibly Stephen Chow-like. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Green Planet is partly a comedy – and yes, it has some brilliantly funny scenes – but it’s also quite nasty. Think Reservoir Dogs meets Men In Black and that’s still only part-way to describing this amazing film from South Korea.

We know from the outset of STGP that Kang Man-Shik isn’t a very nice character. He’s a wealthy businessman who refuses to pay the driver the whole cost of the trip home, and he’s very drunk and leery. Then, Byung-Gu and his girlfriend Sooni turn up wearing ridiculous costumes and accuse him of being an alien from the planet Andromeda. We’re fairly convinced that Byung-Gu’s got a screw loose. The rich man seems to be an arse, not an alien. After a struggle, Byung-Gu and Sooni kidnap the man. All three of them arrive back at Byung-Gu’s house, where they strip Man-Shik down to his sparkly red boxer-shorts and shave his head (so he can’t call his alien friends for help through his hair). From here STGP slows down just for a
second, long enough for us to wonder just what the hell is going on here. To reveal anything that happens next would be unfair as the narrative spins of into all sorts of bizarre and brilliant angles. To call this off-beat is an understatement. What follows is part cop movie, part romance, part science fiction, part – well it’s hard to think of a film genre that isn’t in some way injected into the mix. There’s even a short martial arts fight scene! How the hell the director has managed to shoe-horn all of these elements in is beyond me. (A quick warning to anyone squeemish: one of the most surprising elements of the film is the violence – this film does get fairly nasty just when you’re not expecting it.)

As surprising as the film is, what is the biggest surprise is how well it all actually works together. You’re never quite sure who the victim is in the film, and there’s a strange attraction to all of the main characters. There’s no real un-likeable characters here, you like them all – which is unusual considering several of them perform some horrible torture and violence.I certainly wasn’t expecting it, but I was completely blown away by Save The Green Planet. The fact that this is a film from a first-time director is gob-smacking. With the majority of films you get to a point where you know roughly what will happen heading towards the end – I didn’t when I was watching this film. The film’s cast can not be praised highly enough – especially the two central performances from Shin Ha-Kyun and Paek Yun-Sik. Ha-Kyun takes that stupid grin from the film’s poster and turn’s it into a character of its own. In an amazing performance he manages to mix violence and anger with a genuine warmth and sympathy. The fact that Yun-Sik manages to match Ha-Kyun’s powerhouse performance is a sign of just how good this film is. As the tortured businessman he manages to convince that he is a complete and rounded character – yes he’s a bastard, but his sheer ‘hard-headedness’ is impressive. Also, worth a mention is Hwang Jeong-Min as the simple girlfriend Sooni. It’s a role which is tiny in size but she manages to make a large impact. Have I gushed on about this enough? I could keep going on about the cinematography, script and soundtrack all day – but I won’t.

I loved Save The Green Planet, it’s one of the most surprising films I’ve ever seen and although it won’t be to everyone’s taste (if you can’t stand violence then steer clear) it’s worth a look from anyone who likes something a bit different. If you do see it, you’ll never hear the song ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in the same way again. See it!

Rating
Plot : 5/5
Acting : 4/5
Entertainment : 5/5
Overall : 5/5

Notable Scenes
- Byung-Gu’s costume
- The opening theme tune
- The martial arts fight
- The anal probe (?!)
- The rest of the film!

Buy this movie at YesAsia – Save The Green Planet
 

Comments (8 comments)

My wife and i ended up being so satisfied Edward could carry out his homework while using the precious recommendations he acquired from your weblog. It is now and again perplexing to just choose to be offering hints which others could have been making money from. And we also understand we have got you to appreciate because of that. The type of explanations you’ve made, the simple site navigation, the friendships your site assist to foster – it is most astonishing, and it’s really assisting our son in addition to us know that this matter is thrilling, and that’s truly fundamental. Thanks for all!

yeezy boost / August 19th, 2017, 5:19 pm

I intended to compose you that tiny observation so as to thank you yet again for the fantastic techniques you have shown in this article. It has been really pretty open-handed of you to allow without restraint all that most people would have supplied as an e book in order to make some money for their own end, chiefly given that you could have done it if you ever decided. The concepts additionally worked to provide a great way to be certain that someone else have the same eagerness just like my very own to see more and more in regard to this matter. I know there are millions of more enjoyable times up front for individuals that start reading your blog.

yeezy shoes / August 21st, 2017, 1:04 pm

You made some first rate factors there. I regarded on the internet for the difficulty and found most people will associate with along with your website.

air jordan / August 30th, 2017, 2:45 pm

WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. ?

adidas nmd / November 16th, 2017, 10:42 pm

I want to show my thanks to this writer just for bailing me out of this particular predicament. As a result of scouting throughout the search engines and coming across opinions which were not pleasant, I figured my life was done. Existing minus the answers to the difficulties you’ve fixed as a result of your main article content is a crucial case, and those which might have in a wrong way damaged my entire career if I had not come across your web site. Your own personal capability and kindness in dealing with the whole thing was helpful. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t come upon such a thing like this. I can at this moment relish my future. Thank you very much for the reliable and effective help. I won’t be reluctant to endorse your web blog to any person who desires tips on this issue.

adidas yeezy / December 9th, 2017, 4:11 pm

Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily breathtaking chance to read from this blog. It’s always very great and also jam-packed with fun for me and my office mates to search your website no less than three times in 7 days to read the fresh things you have got. Of course, I’m so usually amazed considering the dazzling tips and hints you serve. Certain 1 areas in this article are truly the most efficient we have had.

led shoes for kids / December 12th, 2017, 1:21 am

Your house is valueble for me. Thanks!?

Adidas NMD New Camouflage Main Purple / December 16th, 2017, 8:42 am

I truly wanted to write down a brief note to thank you for some of the fabulous tips and tricks you are giving out here. My extended internet lookup has at the end been paid with good quality details to exchange with my contacts. I ‘d express that many of us website visitors actually are quite blessed to live in a fantastic site with so many awesome people with helpful methods. I feel very privileged to have used your entire site and look forward to really more excellent minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for a lot of things.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 gray Black / December 17th, 2017, 4:49 am

What do you think?