YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME
영건 인더 타임
Directed by Oh Young-Doo
Filled with a lovable cast of quirky B-movie characters and eccentric manga underdog soul, YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME is a detective action movie that giddily swings on the monkey bars of low-budget magic. Fresh off the sensational success of his award-winning debut Invasion Of Alien Bikini, filmmaker Oh Young-Doo promptly turned down multiple job offers and reunited his original cast for his second feature, the inventive freewheeling gem YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME, made for a paltry $30K.
Combining Seijun Suzuki’s Japanese detective films with Back to the Future, YOUNG GUN follows our low-rent detective hero, Young Gun, a frizzy-headed, scrawny knight in blazing Hawaiian shirt. Honorable to the core, Young Gun is hired by a lovely and obsessive museum researcher to find and kill a dangerous foe. Except the lovely and obsessive researcher mysteriously dies and reappears, setting off a race for a powerful time machine, zany car chases and fight sequences with kooky villains lurking around every corner. The jokes are sly: Young Gun’s R&D hack also runs a sex shop. His babe-a-licious “secretary,” a veritable Korean Jessica Rabbit, turns out to be Young Gun’s demanding creditor. Even the name “Young Gun” is a Romanization of the actor’s name.
Weird, adventurous, endearing, and reminiscent of early Stephen Chow, YOUNG GUN thrives on Oh Young-Doo’s gymnastic irreverence in filmmaking. Combine that with unforgettable characters, especially Hong Young-Geun as the unlikely hero, and YOUNG GUN will ignite newfound glee in the creative hijinks that can come from low budget freedom. –Christina Ree
Cast: Hong Young-Geun, Choi Song-Hyeon, Ha Eun-Jung, Bae Yong-Geun