Is this one of the most underrated movies in Modern Film
History ? OK, it's a cult movie for sure but it should be hailed
and declared A Modern Masterpiece of Filmmaking, and this World Wide
and not just among a few in South Korea.
If this film had been made in the USA it Would've been the most talked
about film of the year, but now it's a secret among
cult movie fans shattered around the globe.
A Wildly inspired sci-fi thriller and almost unhinged so. Save the Green
Planet is like no film i've ever seen before. Totally
unique and in the rare category of films - As Good as it Gets and this
could be my favourite korean film of all time.
UK Tartan Asia Video 2 disc edition
Jang Joon-hwan was a young talent that suddenly EXPLODED
with this film, a volcano of mindblowing magma inspiration
that seeped into every true filmlovers soul - and then SILENCE before
re-appearing over a decade later with a disappointing
mainstream fodder crime-action. The Pressure he must've felt after this
beloved instant classic, the expectations, well, he's
back on the track at least and maybe he will find his form again in
the future. But, the South Korean film industry has changed
a lot since the Golden Era of Korean and Japanese filmmaking, appr.
1995-2005 when young directors rocked the world.
The Filmcompanies for some strange reason allowed directors with new
and imaginative ideas make their films and gave them
money to do it. Today, another story, today the Mainstream rules and
NO crazy ideas are allowed.
It has to be indie productions then and without money to really do it.
Save the Green Planet wouldn't have been made today.
Even though there's some really crazy ideas and unhinged
stuff in this film, the film also, below it all, is a stringently made
taut crime story and with 3 FANTASTIC actors in Shin Ha-kyun, Baik Yun-shik
and Hwang Jun-min.
The Actors: Shin Ha-kyun is amazing and he shined also in Park Chan-wook's
masterful drama Sympathy for Mr. Violence
in 2002 and Baik is always good as he was in Im Sang-soo's The President's
Last Bang from 2005. But, maybe the unsung
hero or rather heroine of this film was Hwang Jung-min
in the smaller part as Byung-goo's girlfriend. She's Hypnotic.
The Über Great Hwang Jung-min
She's psychotronic eccentric in her performance and
unforgettable, not the usual cute filmstar. I've seen her in other films
from South Korea and i think she may be mostly an accomplished theatre
actress (she could be seen 2012 in Im Sang-
soo's new version of the Housemaid in a small role). I'm pretty sure
she would destroy most of the cutie-cute female film
stars acting wise if she got the chance. But You, Jang Joon-hwan, Maestro,
gave her the chance to shine, Thanks, thanks.
Demented Lee Byung-goo (Shin Ha-kyun) who wears some alien-protection
gear are pretty obsessed with his knowledge
that the industrialist and owner of a chemical company Kang Man-shik
(Baik Yun-shik) really is an alien from the planet
Andromeda. Together with his chubby girlfriend Sooni (Hwang Jun-min)
he kidnaps Kang and the eccentric police detective
Chu is investigating. Well, that's that, i can't tell more as this film
should be seen by everyone and that ending .... WOW!
Either you love it or hate it. I Love it and it could be the most genius
ending ever in world cinema.
Don't get fooled by the un-appropriate DVD sleeve -
this is no comedy for sure. The US DVD came in 2 different sleeves
and the korean 2 disc edition from CJ Entertainment had DTS sound and
a disc with extras that wasn't subtitled in english.
But first there was a Limited korean edition
who sold out quickly and i had a couple in my shop. It was a paper box
anti-alien spray and an anti-alien piece of cloth.
The US DVD is in anamorphic
widescreen 1.85:1 and extras are: Deleted scenes with an introduction
from Jang (15 min),
interview at home with the sympathetic Jang (5:30), Making of featurette
incl. interview with director Jang and photographer
Hong Kyung-pyu (14 min), Behind the scenes featurette (12:30 min), Jang
speaking with his fans (11 min), Original Korean
trailer, US trailer and a Music video (King Joe)
The UK 2 disc DVD
in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 and extras are: a director's audio commentary
with Shin Ha-kyun,
the original theatrical trailer and on disc 2 in korean with english
Behind the scenes - CGI featurette (14 minutes), Double Vision (23 minutes),
Art of the Green Planet (9 minutes), The Make Up
(5 minutes), Soundtrack featurette (14 minutes), Days of the Green Planet
(11 minutes), Hello from the Set (16 minutes),
Interviews - The Director's Room (6 minutes), The Concept (6 minutes),
On Production (4 minutes), South Korean Premiere
in March 2003 (11 minutes) with i.a. Park Chan-wook hailing the film
"The Best Korean film ever .... I Think Jang Joon-hwan
is a Genius" and both directors and actors hailed it as Funny,
Sad and Unique .... but it was a Super Flop upon its release
and only played for 2 (Two) lousy weeks, Questions from the Fan Club
(19 minutes), The Detective (7 minutes), The Aliens
(14 minutes), Deleted Scenes, 2001 Imagine (5 minutes short with cinematography
by Bong Joon-ho), and "The Lazy Mirror"
a short film by Jeong/Jang Jun-hwan (1993 animation)