Byung-Gu is an ordinary young man. He believes that all of the earth's social ills are the result of evil doings of aliens. That's why he knows that, unless he can meet the prince from Andromeda before the total lunar eclipse, planet Earth will be destroyed. However, to meet the prince, he must find an extraterrestrial representative living on earth. So he kidnaps the most logical suspect; the boss of a multi-national company and thus begins a battle of wills between himself, who's trying to uncover the secret alien plot to destroy Earth, and the boss, who thinks Byung-Gu is nuts and tries desperately to escape. With only four hours until the lunar eclipse, will time run out for planet Earth? Can Byung-Gu single-handedly save the green planet? Possibly the only film that can be said to be a combination of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Red Dragon...
A tribute too far
- Save the Green Planet review by Kurtz
One of the things I usually love about South Korean films is that the directors have all seen lots of American movies so whilst the culture and language are very different, many of the situations in their films are familiar and some scenes are clearly affectionate tributes to Hollywood hits. Director Jang Jun-hwan simply can’t decide which movie reference to jam in next in this film and it despite the manic energy of his cast, “Save the Green Planet” ends up feeling a bit empty and derivative. Take your pick from “Saw”, “The X-Files”, any bungling kidnapper movie, any washed-up cop movie- they’re all in there- throw in a frankly risible Star Trek-type ending and it’s disappointment all round.