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Save the Green Planet!

Directed by Chang, Jun-hwan, 2003
22January 2010

The hero of Save the Green Planet, Byung-gu, is a unbalanced young man, on medication, who believes that aliens are plotting an imminent assault on planet Earth. After much research, mostly through viewing B-grade science fiction films and reading some very non-mainstream books, he determines that the head alien in charge of leading the invasion is already on earth, masquerading as the successful CEO of a large conglomerate. Byung-gu, believes that all of Earth’s social ills are the evil doings of aliens. In order to contact the alien prince he must find an extra terrestrial living on Earth.

So Byoung-gu kidnaps the most logical suspect, Kang, Man-shik, President and CEO of Yoojae Chemical company. With the survival of humanity on the line, he and a sympathetic young tightrope walker from the circus, take it on themselves to kidnap the man/alien in the hope of averting the invasion. With only hours until the eclipse will time run out for planet Earth? Can Byung-gu save the planet? The narrative thrust of the film centres around the confinement of the man/alien in the basement of a rural home (a dark, nightmarish sort of place) and the efforts of rival groups of detectives to track down the kidnapper. The hero, played by Shin Ha-kyun resembles in many ways, the typical downtrodden hero. The upporting cast particularly the eccentric, disgraced detective played by Lee Jae-yong, are among the film's great strengths. Jang Jun-hwan excels at the technical aspects of filmmaking, and is very good at controlling the film's emotions.

His screenplay is also quite daring, showing little regard for either Hollywood narrative conventions or for playing it safe commercially. The film is more suited as a cult item and it won a large number of viewers at fantasy film festivals around the world and netted multiple festival awards, including Best Director at the Moscow International Film Festival and Best Film at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) .

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