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The Good, the Bad, the Weird

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird
좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈
The Good, the Bad, the Weird film poster.jpg
American poster
Country South Korean flag.jpg Republic of Korea
Directed by Jee-woon Kim
Release Date 2008
Language Korean
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yoon Tae-goo Kang-ho Song
Park Chang-yi Byung-hun Lee
Park Do-won Woo-sung Jung

The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a Korean "western" inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A "kimchi western" as director Kim Ji-woon described it, it was released in South Korea in 2008, and in limited release in the United States in 2010. It stars Jung Woo-sung as Park Do-won (The Good, a bounty hunter) Lee Byung-hun as Park Chang-yi (The Bad, a hitman) and Song Kang-ho as Yoon Tae-goo (The Weird, a thief) as they and other interested parties chase buried treasure (and each other) across Japanese-occupied Manchuria during the 1930's.

The following weapons were used in the film The Good, the Bad, the Weird:


Webley Mk IV

Park Chang-yi (Lee Byung-hun) is seen most with a Webley Mk IV revolver. His henchmen also carry them. (The movie poster above shows Park Chang-yi holding the Webley in his bare left hand. Anyone who has seen the movie knows this is a goof. His image appears to be reversed, as his boy-band hair is supposed to cover his RIGHT eye.)

Webley Mk.IV WW2 British Army version chambered for .38 S&W
Park Chang-yi reloads. "MADE IN ENGLAND" can be seen above the cylinder.
A very clear shot of the Webley. "MARK IV .38" is seen above the cylinder.
One of Park Chang-yi's henchmen with a Webley Mk IV.
Park Chang-yi with his Webley during the Ghost Market battle.
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Park Chang-yi's Webley during the final showdown.

Walther P38

Yoon Tae-goo (Kang-ho Song) uses a pair of Walther P38's throughout the film.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Yoon Tae-goo holds up the Manchurian officers and Kanemaru.
A first person view of Yoon Tae-goo's P38.
Yoon Tae-goo with his pair of P38s.
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Park Do-won (Jung Woo-sung) kicks away Yoon Tae-goo's P38.
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A featurette shows how the first person shot was achieved.

The crew rehearses the roll first.
The camera rolls as... the camera rolls.

Colt Official Police

Many of the henchmen in the film are armed with Colt Official Police revolvers.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
One of Park Chang-yi's henchmen takes cover.
The same henchman cautiously advancing.
The same henchman holding a girl hostage.
Another henchman with a Colt Official Police. The Colt-style cylinder release is seen clearly here.

Smith & Wesson Model 1917

Park Do-won (Jung Woo-sung) appears to carry an Smith & Wesson Model 1917 as his sidearm. He clearly favors his rifle and his shotgun, however, only using his sidearm twice.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP
One of Park Chang-yi's henchmen with a Model 1917. This same henchman would later been seen using a Colt Official Police (see above.)
Park Do-won fires at the Japanese cavalry. The S&W style ejector rod is seen here.
Park Do-won during the final standoff. The lanyard ring can be seen here.
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Nambu Type 14

One of Park Chang-yi's henchmen and Imperial Japanese Army officers use Nambu Type 14 pistols.

Late Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
A Japanese officer with his drawn Nambu on the train.
The henchman with the eye patch is carrying a Nambu Type 14.
The same henchman as above, with a better view of the Nambu.
Major Abe (Shoken Kunimoto) with his Nambu drawn.
Colonel Ishihara (Hakuryû) with his Nambu drawn.

Luger P08

One of The Bad's henchmen fires a Luger P08 at the Weird.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
A henchman shooting at Park Do-won in the Ghost Market.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen

First Gen Colt Detective Specials are seen throughout the film.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
One of Kanemaru's girls finds a Colt Detective Special in a bag. The Colt grips are seen here.
The barrel is not seen, but from the length of the ejector rod, this appears to be a DS.
One of the Manchurian officers with the DS from the bag.
Kim Pan-joo (Young-chang Song) pulls out what appears to be a Colt Detective Special before confronting an intruder.
The intruder turns out to be The Bad. (Not a clear picture, but it appears that the cylinder holds six rounds)
One of the bandits with a DS.
Park Chang-yi with a DS he took from one of his henchmen. He would use it as a backup piece.


Director Jee-woon Kim appears to be using a Colt Detective Special to signal action.

Who's going to complain? They're in the middle of nowhere.

Webley Mk VI

Byung-choon (Je-mun Yun) carries a Webley Mk VI for parts of the film.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Byung-choon with his Webley Mk VI.
In this shot, the large .455 bore is seen.

Mauser C96

A member of the Ghost Market gang is armed with a Mauser C96.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm
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Submachine Guns

Lanchester Mk. I*

One of Park Chang-yi's henchmen briefly fires a British Lanchester Mk. I* submachine gun during the fight at the Ghost Market. Park Chang-yi himself later uses one as well. It is anachronistic for the 1930s setting since it was introduced in 1941; it might be standing for the SIG Bergmann which was used by Chinese and Japanese troops at the time.

Lanchester Mk. I* - 9x19mm
A henchman opens fire with a Lanchester Mk. I*. - the rear sights are a giveaway.
The Bad covers his escape with a Lanchester Mk. I*. - the brass mag well and the bayonet lugs are a giveaway.
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Double Barreled Shotgun

A hammerless Double barreled shotgun is used by Park Do-won for the first half of the film. He seems to prefer long guns to pistols.

Modern Baikal Commercial hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Park Do-won is introduced.
Park Do-won clearing the train.
Park Do-won trades fire with Park Chang-yi from different ends of the train.
Park Do-won fires as he chases Yoon Tae-goo.


Mauser M1908

The Bad uses a Mauser M1908 to try to snipe the Weird. The vast majority of the henchmen in the film are either armed with Mausers, Mosin Nagant rifles, or Arisaka rifles. A Mauser 1908 with a scope later shows up.

Mauser Model 1908 - 7x57mm
Park Chang-yi trading fire with Park Do-won
Park Chang-yi trying to stop the fleeing Yoon Tae-goo
Park Chang-yi trying to stop the fleeing Yoon Tae-goo
A henchman takes cover with his scoped Mauser 1908.
A henchman chambers another round into his scoped Mauser 1908.
One of The Bad's henchmen with a scoped Mauser Model 1908. The scope and mount appear to be modern, although they are crudely mounted to the rifle
Park Chang-yi with another Mauser.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Many of the henchmen in the film are armed with original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
One of the bandits with a Mosin Nagant.
A henchman with his Mosin Nagant while the other has a Webley.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III

Byeong-choon carries an Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
Byeong-choon, with the leader of the Manchurian bandits.
Byeong-choon with his SMLE ready.
A member of the Ghost Market gang with his SMLE.

Marlin Model 1894

Park Do-won's primary weapon is an anachronistic Marlin Model 1894C lever action rifle standing in for the historically plausible Marlin Model 1894. He uses it even when a pistol would make more sense. He also spin-cocks it several times during the chase in the end.

Marlin Model 1894 - .44 Magnum. The version used in the film is the .357 magnum "C" version of this carbine. The .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum versions of this rifle had slight cosmetic differences from the original rifle and also were not introduced until the 1960s.
Park Do-won waiting for Yoon Tae-goo
Park Do-won during the gunfight at the Ghost Market.
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Park Do-won fires his carbine at full gallop.
Park Do-won reloads at full gallop. Woo-sung Jung did all of his own riding for the film.
Park Do-won reloads his carbine for the final showdown.
A reversed shot has Par Do-won in mid cycle.

Zastava M48 Mauser

One of Park Chang-Yi's henchman uses a M48 Yugoslavian Mauser to clear the train.

Yugoslavian M48 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Arisaka Rifle

Japanese troops are armed with Arisaka rifles. There's no way to tell which type.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
The Japanese cavalry with their Arisakas.
Japanese riflemen with their Arisakas.

Machine Guns

Type 11 Light Machine Gun

During the long chase in the end, the Imperial Japanese Army opens fire with a Type 11 light machine gun.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka.
The Imperial Japanese Army opens fire with a Type 11 LMG.
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Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

During the long chase in the end, the Imperial Japanese Army opens fire with a Type 92 heavy machine gun.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun 7.7x58mm SR
The Imperial Japanese Army opens fire with a Type 92 HMG. (Pity the driver and passenger.)
Reloading the Type 92.
The dead gunner sprays the other Japanese cavalry with the Type 92.


Japanese 75mm Type 94 Mountain Gun

Japanese troops use 75mm Type 94 Mountain Guns for fire support.

Type 94 75mm Mountain Gun- 75 x 294 mm R
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For a brief moment, when the horses were spooked by the Japanese shelling, the rifles slung on the mounted bandits switched from Mausers to rubber rifles, possibly K98Ks. The next shot, they were switched back.
As the gunfight in the Ghost Market comes to a close, one of the Weird's P38's misfires, setting the top of the pistol ablaze. The Weird then frantically blows it out.
Willys Jeeps, or at least the Chinese copies of which, appear throughout the film. These are clearly anachronisms.

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