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I Saw the Devil (2010)

Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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)
2,034 ( 31)
15 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Section chief's daughter
Ho-jin Chun ...
Section Chief Oh
Planning team deputy head
Squad Chief Jang
Seung-ah Yoon ...
The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
San-ha Oh ...
Moo-Seong Choi ...
Seo-yeon Park ...
Woman at pension (as Park Seo-Yeon)
Chae-young Yoon ...
Nurse Han Song-i
Jin-ho Choi ...
Planning director
Kang-il Kim ...
Park Han-gi


Jang Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath serial killer. 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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Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

I Saw the Devil  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Korea Media Rating Board forced Kim to recut the film for its theatrical release, objecting to its violent content. Otherwise, the film would have gotten a "Restricted" rating, preventing any sort of release in theaters or on home video. See more »


Kim Soo-hyeon: Don't act so weak... this is just the beginning. Remember... your nightmare's only getting worse!
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »


From "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
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Brutally profound
15 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Just came back from the TIFF 10 screening of the UNCUT version of this film, and after reading the very first review posted here, I feel somewhat compelled to leave a short comment.

the movie is about revenge. a woman is murdered by a serial killer, the woman's soon-to-be husband, who happens be a highly trained special agent, takes revenge on the serial killer in some of the most gruesome ways ever presented on film.

The "TAKEN"-esque plot is fairly straight forward and even predictable at times, for some people, this unfortunately exposes the violence and turns it into a dominating theme, hence remarks of it being mindless and unnecessary are brought up.

But fans of this genre can easily see past the violence, and be drawn back to the noir nature of the film with each passing violence "segement", in the end, you can feel the main character's will for revenge, and that simply transcends the violence, and ultimately turns the film into an imaginative commentary on the human condition.

the film would also remind you of classic Fincher films, namely se7en, however, the theatrical construction of plot is a signature Ji Woon Kim style, the mise-en-scene, the soundtrack, you see it in every single film of his, especially bittersweet life.

after watching this film I found myself immediately comparing it to another masterpiece sympathy for mr.vengeance, so for those of you who have seen chan wook park's revenge trilogy and loved it, you should find time to see this film.

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