Director Kim Jee-woon was a theatre actor and director before debuting with his self-written and directed film, The Quiet Family in 1998. He is currently one of the most talented and recognised writers/directors in the Korean film industry. Following his self-proclaimed genre, comic theatre of cruelty, in The Quiet Family, Kim trekked on to explore new genres such as comedy (The Foul King), horror (The Tale of Two Sisters), and film noir (A Bittersweet Life) and showed his unique twists on storytelling, style and other well-established forms. The result—his works have set ground as the representative Korean films in each of the genres in both critique and box-office success. With mounted bandits, steam engine trains and opium-filled brothels, his film, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, is a western that focuses on the anarchic and multinational culture-ridden Manchuria in the 1930s.
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