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I Saw the Devil (2010)
"Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  12 August 2010 (South Korea)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.


(as Kim Jee-woon)


(adaptation), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ho-jin Chun ...
Section Chief Oh
Kap-su Kim ...
Planning team deputy head
San-ha Oh ...
Seung-ah Yoon ...
The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Yoon-seo Kim ...
Bo-ra Nam ...
Section chief's daughter
Jin-ho Choi ...
Planning director
Moo-Seong Choi ...
Chae-young Yoon ...
Nurse Han Song-i
Gook-hwan Jeon ...
Squad Chief Jang
Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
Seo-yeon Park ...
Woman at pension (as Park Seo-Yeon)


Jang Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for human meat. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiancé Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer. Written by jck movies

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$13,567 (USA) (4 March 2011)


$128,392 (USA) (22 April 2011)

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"Crazy bastards!"
1 March 2011 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I SAW THE DEVIL (English title) is a great story of revenge of a secret agent who pursues a serial killer, after this last one kill his fiancée, in a deadly cat-mouse game.

The story is captivating and the film has a good pace with a constant rhythm from the beginning to the end. Meanwhile we watch some great scenes of gore, with lots of blood but also very well shot. The humor is also present with some great jokes of black humor that are well connected to the plot. In fact is with little details this movie makes the difference, like some scenes where the camera work is great: the stabbing inside the cab is one of them. The actors also do a good job, especially the two who represent the main roles: the agent and the serial killer.

A nice piece of Asian cinema for sure, very well directed and with a strong plot.

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