Directed by Jun-hwan Jeong, starring Shin Ha-Gyun, Baek Yun-Sik and Hwang Jeong-Min.

Oh dear. Korean film 'Save the Green Planet' from second time writer/director Jun-hwan Jeong opens in a promising manner but quickly descends into the kind of madness that will make unprepared mortals want to leave the cinema.

Lee Byeong-gu (Ha-Gyun) is a man on a mission - to (almost) single-handedly save the earth. He is convinced that wealthy industrialist Kang Man-Shi (Yun-Sik) is really an alien, on this planet to spy for the prince of the planet Andromeda as the Andromedans plan to conquer the world. With the help of his ditsy circus artiste girlfriend Sun-I (Jeong-Min), Lee kidnaps Kang - and that's when everything turns from playful to psychotic.

'Save the Green Planet' is an exercise in genre-shifting. While it starts out as an odd comedy, Jeong soon throws elements of sci-fi, drama, serial killer and thriller films into the mix. The cop movie genre is also touched on with a pair of policemen - one older and in disgrace and a younger enthusiastic rookie - on Lee's trail and there's plenty of disturbingly imaginative interrogation techniques as Lee tries to 'persuade' Kang to tell him about the Andromedan plans. It's these, particularly the images of Lee gleefully inflicting pain, and some of the bloody fight scenes that might cause squeamish viewers - or reviewers - to turn away. But not all is lost. Jeong manages to develop Lee's back-story enough to create a genuinely traumatised character who, despite first impressions, is not a total space cadet.

'Save the Green Planet' is a demented romp and, although it did not do so well in Korean cinemas, there's enough directorial flair and creativity here to ensure that it rapidly becomes a cult classic. The faint of heart be warned, though.

Caroline Hennessy