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Save the Green Planet (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A funny and wildly inventive hybrid of various genres, Save the Green Planet! is definitely a unique viewing experience.

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The genre-bending black comedy sci-fi thriller Save the Green Planet! marks the feature debut of writer/director Jang Jun-hwan. Shin Ha-kyun of Joint Security Area stars as Byun-gu, an eccentric beekeeper who, with the help of his tightrope walker girlfriend, Sooni (Hwang Jeong-min), kidnaps a powerful and successful businessman, Man-sik (Baek Yun-shik). Byun-gu believes that Man-sik is an alien from the planet Andromeda, one of many hiding among us and plotting to destroy the Earth in a few days. Amphetamine-popping Byun-gu sees himself as the planet's last hope, and sets about torturing Man-sik with relish, trying to convince him to contact the "Royal Prince" and call off Armageddon. A battle of wits and wills ensues, with Man-sik trying to convince his captors that he's human and attempting to escape. Man-sik recognizes Byun-gu as a disgruntled former employee whose comatose mother suffers from a mysterious illness. It begins to seem that Byun-gu's true motivation may be personal, but he's still ruthlessly determined to get Man-sik to confess and cooperate, even if he has to risk killing him. Meanwhile, a disheveled detective, Chu (Lee Jae-yong), and his young acolyte, Inspector Kim (Lee Ju-hyeon), discover that the person who kidnapped Man-sik may have struck several times before, always with deadly results. The distinctly offbeat Save the Green Planet! was a box-office flop in South Korea, but it won some acclaim on the festival circuit. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2004 New York Korean Film Festival.

Cast

Shin Ha-Gyun
as Lee Byeong-Gu
Baek Yun-shik
as Kang Man-Shik
Lee Jae-Yong
as Detective Chu
Joo-hyun Lee
as Detective Kim
Ki Ju-Bong
as Detective Lee
Kim Dong-hyun
as Tae Shik
Kwang-shik Kim
as Detective Seo
Won Woong-Jae
as Detective Jang
Ye Soo-Jung
as Byeong-Gu's Mother
Jang Young-Joo
as Old Byeong-Gu's Father
Son Jong-Hwan
as Sooni's Father
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Critic Reviews for Save the Green Planet

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15)

Punk graphics and a snaking camera add zest to the story, which is alternately heartbreaking, suspenseful, and darkly funny.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film oscillates between wild humour, suspense, horror and pathos, sometimes all in one shot. It's quite something.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Save The Green Planet has a free-ranging mood, mixing tragedy and comedy irregularly, but Jeong's film is equally free with genre, and entertains its audience openly before pouring on the astringent.

September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Like any roller-coaster ride, it may make you queasy, but you'll never be bored.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Demented yet somehow humane, Save The Green Planet is a visually ingenious hybrid melding horror, black comedy, revenge thriller and science fiction into an unpredictable, cohesive whole.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Entertaining, visually inventive and truly out-there.

July 22, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Save the Green Planet

Bizarrely impressive, Save The Green Planet! is an obtrusive South Korean hybrid of ridiculous mystery, grotesque suspense, odd romance, eccentric science fiction, and dark humor that follows the dangerous obsession of a man with the extraterrestrial. Save The Green Planet! may be corrupt, but the inventive original idea is preposterously remarkable that frankly created a new genre, which Save The Green Planet! selfishly occupy. Organized chaos.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

What a delight, A multi-genre film that successfully twists your emotions & thoughts, Not just some random images and actually an Impressive & thought-provoking experience

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

Save the Green Planet is a film that refuses to be defined by a single genre and goes against what you may have come to expect from cinema. It's true originality packaged in comfortable surroundings. The story may sound like a comedy but this is hard hitting, thought provoking and at times, difficult to watch. The film keeps us guessing as to whether the aliens exist, it's all the ravings of a madman, or maybe a bit of both. It deals with human nature in a frank and unsettling way. We are given a protagonist that we gradually become more and more distant from. The comedy is very dark but not so much that it isolates the viewer. One scene has a character shoot at a swarm of bees in a sad attempt stop them from attacking. The film laughs at this action by showing a couple of bees fall to the ground dead. This one moment sums up one of the main points of postponing the inevitable. To say what the film is truly about is to give away the ending. A film that demands another watch.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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