Nov 25, 2008

Save the Green Planet!

I once attempted to review this film 2 years ago. With the subject matter at hand, I found it nearly impossible to articulate my thoughts of the emotional constant of Save the Green Planet! I set out to hopefully aid you in a quest of enlightenment. Save the Green Planet! is one of my personal favorite films. It also ushered in an era of Korean viewings which have also created a new brand of favoritism, striking almost any Korean film with a whirlwind force of appreciation.

Directors love to attempt to layer their creations with many blends of feelings and sequences furthering the intellectual and artistic capabilities of the cumulative emotions nearing the climax of the film. Judd Apatow created a new generation of raunch romantic comedies that appease both smarmy female crowds and the stoner group simultaneously. Such an invention can surely be used to better accord than making dick & fart jokes on a date with Meg Ryan or such.

Joon-Hwan Jang penned the script for Save the Green Planet! during his own psychotic stint. I find that directors who serve as a personal scribe to immerse the audience deeper into their vision. This is not only a guideline but a fact. Just as Sion Sono proved with both Suicide Club and Strange Circus, these Asian writers write material that is deranged genius. Perhaps even otherworldly. It's hard to really express the sheer amount of emotional changes you will come through while watching this for the first time. For the first time, I can honestly say I laughed, I cried, and I cringed, without it being an inane quote or word-of-mouth generic reviewing.

A crazed conspiracy theorist kidnaps the chairman of a chemical company with this deep notion that he is in fact an alien for Andromeda. He will stop at nothing to save Earth, this even includes aggressive torture sessions and many mind-melding situations culminating in the eventual deterioration of all things cerebral. Oh yeah, there's also a really adorable dog. All this plus many genre covers of Judy Garland's Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I don't know how it was managed, but I believe that Joon-Hwan Jang has himself the perfect and definitive score. The slow drone of the string section towards the tragedy scene leaves my soul shaking.

It's easy to tell that Joon-Hwan Jang was heavily inspired by the Hollywood serial thrillers as Misery and Silence of the Lambs. The eventual progression of the films events blows this film way past expectation - bordering on the insane and cosmically creative. With an ending that needs to be seen to believe, It's possible to say that this is in my top 10 list. Each character has a story and just like any good film should stress, this one will keep you guessing. Plus you never really know who the antagonist is. Save the Green Planet! is a curio indeed. A film concerning a likely savior of earth while this film being the likely savior of cinema. Touché, Joon-Hwan Jang... touché.


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