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      Dachimawa Lee

      2008 1h 40m Action Comedy List
      Reviews 32% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Armed with gadgets and martial arts moves, secret agent Dachimawa Lee has to retrieve a golden Buddha statue after it falls into the wrong hands. Read More Read Less

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      jesse o This is a short movie stretched out to a full-length feature and it definitely shows in the final cut of the film. The film throws so much schtick, slapstick, gross-out humor, absurd scenes at you in the first half that the second half of the movie is really lackluster by comparison. It simply doesn't match the first half's energy and when that's all you have, that's a pretty big problem. I liken this movie to a race where one person is clearly in the lead for about 95% of the film, but at the last stretch of the race they completely gas out and end up coming in last. Perhaps, that's a little too dramatic, but this film came out of the with so much schtick that it'd give Family Guy a run for its money. And to be honest, a lot of it, for me, really worked. The film is a parody of the spy genre, for the most part, but it parodies action, romance, westerns, etc. The best way to describe this film would be if James Bond had sex with an even goofier Austin Powers. I know Austin Powers is a spoof, but that's what it felt like to me watching this movie. You could say that the film tries to do too many things at once, and while understandable, this is what makes the film, at least its first half, so entertaining. The fact that it's trying out so much and seeing what sticks and what doesn't is part of its charms. Problem is that, and I apologize for the very obscene analogy, the film shot its wad coming right out of the gate. This film was firmly on its way to, at least, 3.5 stars with how it was going. And then the film ran out of steam and each joke kept getting more and more unfunny as the film hobbled its way to its climax. The film's problems, even if I loved the first half of the film, is that the jokes really aren't as spread out as they could've been. They stuck so much at the first part of the film that they almost forgot that they had a second part that was practically a ghost town. Yet, and I'm pretty they were aware of this, no effort was made to make sure that the jokes were better paced and spread out throughout the entire film, so you could have a consistently funny movie. They had 3 hours worth of jokes that they tried to fit into an hour of film while also forgetting that they had 40 more minutes of movie to fill. And that's the film's biggest problem, they're simply cramming too much stuff into a very limited amount of time. It would've been crammed even if the film had been properly paced with the jokes spread out throughout the entire movie, so you can imagine how crammed it must've been when all the schtick happens in the first hour of the film. If it wasn't for that, I think this film would've been an easy 3.5 for me. The second half of the movie really drags the whole thing down. It's never disastrous or catastrophic but this film simply never recovers. And that's a shame, because I found some of the slapstick and the jokes to be really quite funny. If you're going to watch this movie, watch it until Dachimawa Lee loses his memory. You'll thank me later. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Sueng-beom Ryu (Border Lynx) should have switched places with Won-hie Lim (Dachimawa Lee). Several of the jokes are ridiculous. Too much like Naked Gun, not enough like OSS 117. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Sortie récemment en France sous le nom de "Crazy Lee", Dachimawa Lee est un film dans la veine d'OSS 117 ou d'Austin Powers : Un espion puissant et con dans un film qui va jouer sur le côté rétro et drôle. Et la, on tire son chapeau au film et au réalisateur, dés le départ on est prit : Le film va nous faire voyager dans un vrai monde de cinéma kitsh ou tout sonne faux mais ou tout est maitrisé : et c'est la sa grande force ! Le look du film est excellent ! Won-hie Lim est à pisser de rire et les seconds rôles marquant ne manque pas. L'histoire est un faire valoir pour nous balancer un nombre de gags impressionnant et très drôle (la scène "émouvante" ou le héros pleure au dessus de son équipier, la fausse scène de baston en arrivant en Chine, etc). Dommage que le film perde un peu de sa fouge vers les 1h de films mais il se rattrapera vers la fin. Le réalisateur Sung-Wan Ryoo continue de toucher à tous les gens et le fait bien ! Du coup, j'espère une suite à ce film ! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Its intended ridiculous style and effort to reproduce the "no-budget" cinemas of 60-70s worked really well. This movie doesn't require you to be intelligent or moral, but just relaxed and absorb what they show us. Mixture of silly jokes and exagerrated playing for an boring sunday afternoon. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member funny and interesting to watch for aesthetics purposes but i think his original short from 98 is funnier Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Now, here's a good cinematic lesson: sometimes you shouldn't really try to do so much stuff at the same time, which is the problem here. It's a shame really, because when the movie is not busy trying to be 5 different genres at the same time, and just goes straight for the action, is a lot of fun. There's also some jokes that are either too local or just made sense to the director, Ryu Seung Wan. Everybody seems to be playing this for laughs, but it gets confusing when the movie looks so damn good and has such high production values. Maybe if this was trying to be less a spoof of the spy genre and just be...well, a straight spy flick, it would work. That said, very well done one armed swordsman homage. Oh, and Ryu's brother just steals the whole movie with his role of a sleazy no-good thief. There's also some really cute korean girls, so it's not a total waste, but like "The Good The Bad and The Weird" you can't help to lamment all the wasted potential. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Armed with gadgets and martial arts moves, secret agent Dachimawa Lee has to retrieve a golden Buddha statue after it falls into the wrong hands.
      Ryoo Seung-wan
      Ryoo Seung-wan, Kwon Hyeok-jae
      Action, Comedy
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 23, 2016
      1h 40m