Byung-Gi is an ordinary young man. He believes that all
of the Earth's social ills are the result of evil aliens.
That's why he knows that, unless he can meet the prince from
Andromeda before the total lunar eclipse, planet earth will
be destroyed. However to meet the prince he must find an extraterrestrial
representative living on earth. So he kidnaps the most logical
suspect; the boss of a multinational company and thus begins
a battle of wills between himself, as he tries to uncover
the secret alien plot to destroy the earth, and the boss,
who thinks Byung-Gi is nuts...
the Green Planet is possibly the only movie that you could
say is like a combination of Close Encounters of the Third
Kind and Red Dragon.
This film has been available on Korean import for about two
years. Having gained a certain reputation for being 'a crazy
film' among Asian film fans, it got a limited cinema release
in the UK and has finally been released on DVD.
It is a film about aliens but it is also a film about how
someone's past can dramatically affect their current state
of mind. Byung-Gi is a likeable character and always seems
to borderline on the edge of sanity, the reason why he is
the way he is becomes clearer as the film goes on. The problem
that I did have with this film is that all of the funny moments
disappeared halfway through the film. Don't get me wrong,
this is a very poignant piece of work but it would have benefited
from a little more humour. The torture scenes are pretty much
standard fair for an Asian extreme film but a good dose of
humour brings you around from some of the nasty things that
happen on screen.
is a tortured soul and whilst I don't want to give away the
ending, you do begin to understand why he takes the extreme
measures that he does. I do recommend this film, but as I
said, it does lose pace halfway through. Personally I think
this was Korea's attempt at making a cult film.
I was lucky enough to purchase the Korean limited box-set
a while ago. Included in this was a bottle of the chemical
that Byung-Gi rubs on his victim's feet. If you do watch the
film, just to give you an idea, it's a kind of cross between
TCP and Witch Hazel. And if you don't know what I'm going
on about then I suggest you watch it so you can sympathise
with the poor kidnapped man.
picture quality on the disc is very good (as I have come to
expect from Tartan) and the sound is in Dolby digital and
a stonking great DTS track, time to crank up the sub on your
on the disc include a directors commentary, deleted scenes,
cast and crew interviews and a behind the scenes documentary.
is a good film and definitely worth renting, and if you like
it then I suggest you go buy it. And that's because its a
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