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Director:
Writer:
Hoon-jung Park (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Evil lives inside. See more »
Plot:
When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
14 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A superbly acted, grotesquely gorgeous crime thriller. See more (158 total) »

Cast

 

Byung-hun Lee ... Kim Soo-hyeon

Min-sik Choi ... Kyung-chul

In-seo Kim ... Se-jung
Seung-ah Yoon ... The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Chun Ho-jin ... Section Chief Oh
Kap-su Kim ... Planning team deputy head
San-ha Oh ... Joo-yeon
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Squad Chief Jang
Yoon-seo Kim ... Se-yeon
Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
Jin-ho Choi ... Planning director
Yoon Chae-Yeong ... Nurse Han Song-i
Park Seo-Yeon ... Woman at pension
Bo-ra Nam ... Section chief's daughter
Tae-goo Eom ... Detective 4
Lee Joon-Hyeok ... Agent
Seol-gu Lee ... Taxi burglar 1
Hye-rin Lee ... Junior high female student 1
Choi Seong-ho ... Joo-yeon's cousin
Mi-nam Jeong ... Taxi burglar 2
Park Mi-Seon ... Junior high female student
Yoon Byeong-hee ... Jjang-goo / Bulging head
Kim Chae-Yeon ... Joo-yeon's cousin
Ahn Hee-joo ... Junior high female student
Sin Yeong-sik ... Taxi driver
Park Min-soo ... Child at stream
Ji-yoon Jeong ... Junior high female student
Lee Ji-eun ... Children at stream
Hyeon-hwa Heo ... Family of woman at pension, picture
Lee Hang-soo ... Investigation team leader
Seol Chang-hee ... Plainclothes detective
Park Ji-Yeon ... Tutor teacher
Jo Seung-min ... Hospital room police
Jang Ha-Neul ... Junior high female student
Kim Yeong-Chan ... Young pharmacist
Deok-jae Jo ... Detective Kang
Seung-Ri Ha ... Female high school student at harbor
Kim Bong-soo ... Keyong-cheol 's father
Kim Kang-il ... Park Han-gi
Han Se-joo ... Woman on bus
Kim Seon-Nyeo ... Middle-aged couple
Goo Yong-wan ... Corporal
Jang Jeong-won ... Keyong-cheol 's son
Jae-geon Kim ... Old doctor
Heo Seul ... Nun 2
Kim Yeong-Seon ... Nun 1
Yeong-Soon Son ... Keyong-cheol 's mother
Lee Hyeon-Yong ... Child at stream
Kil Geum-Seong ... Man at harbor
Choi Don-Gyoo ... Middle-aged couple
Han Song-i ... Joo-yeon's friend
Kim Min-Yeong ... Junior high female student
Kim Hwa-Hyeon ... Family of woman at pension, picture
Park Jeong-gi ... Sergeant
Choi Moon-Sook ... Joo-yeon's aunt
Jo Myeong-Yeon ... Detective 3
Sin Jeong-Hoon ... Police at stream
Jeong Tae-Seong ... Hotel worker
Yoo Yeong-bok ... Family of woman at pension, picture
Yang Mi-Ryeong ... Joo-yeon's friend
Kim Dae-hye ... Hospital worker
Cheol-woo Han ... Detective Park
Nam Hyeon-joo ... Section chief Oh's wife
Lee Hwan-goo ... Joo-yeon's uncle
Sin Sin-Beom ... Old pharmacist

Directed by
Kim Jee-woon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hoon-jung Park  screenplay

Produced by
Kee-young Cheong .... co-executive producer
Hyung-cho Il .... co-executive producer
Hun-you Jeong .... executive producer
Seong-weon Jo .... co-producer
Yeong-shin Kang .... co-executive producer
Byung-ki Kim .... co-executive producer
Hyun-woo Kim .... producer
Jae-young Kim .... associate producer
Jung-hwa Kim .... associate producer
Kil-soo Kim .... co-executive producer
Greg Moon .... executive producer
Jae-sik Moon .... co-executive producer
Sungho Nam .... line producer
Bryan Song .... co-executive producer
Youngjoo Suh .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mowg 
 
Cinematography by
Mo-gae Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Na-young Nam 
 
Production Design by
Hwa-sung Cho 
 
Costume Design by
Yoo-jin Kwon 
 
Makeup Department
Tae-young Kwak .... special makeup effects artist
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Romain Bigorgne .... sound effects editor
Tae-young Choi .... sound re-recording mixer
Tae-young Choi .... supervising sound editor
Kim Dong-Han .... sound effects editor
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Min Kyu Kim .... foley mixer
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Min Young Park .... dialogue editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Yong Ki Park .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kumsoon Hwang .... digital matte painter: DIGITALIDEA
Kiyoung Jung .... pipeline technical director
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2010)
Wook Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Il Hwan Na .... digital matte painter: DIGITAL IDEA
Youngbin Park .... digital compositor: DIGITALIDEA
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Byung-seo Kim .... camera operator: "c" camera
Jae-Hyeok Lee .... still photographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akmareul boatda" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
141 min
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-16 (with warning) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:Not Rated (JK) (uncut) | Germany:18 (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Japan:R18+ | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Kim Soo-hyeon:I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you're in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That's a real revenge. A real complete revenge.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Big Bad Wolves (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
HabaneraSee more »

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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A superbly acted, grotesquely gorgeous crime thriller., 16 April 2011
Author: chrismsawin from United States

Director Jee-woon Kim along with actors Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi are three of the most talented people in Korean cinema today. Jee-woon has done such films as A Bittersweet Life and The Good, the Bad, the Weird, which both starred Byung-hun and Min-sik is most recognized for his performance in Oldboy, but was also fairly impressive in the drama Crying Fist among many others. Oldboy is really the film that made me love Korean cinema. So when word broke that these three marvelous people were getting together to make a film, I knew I was already there. A little thriller called I Saw the Devil came together and became one of the most spectacularly intense thrillers to be released in quite some time.

Late one snowy, winter night, a woman named Joo-yeon (San-ha Oh) sits stranded in her car waiting for a tow truck to arrive and help her fix a flat tire. She talks to her fiancé, Dae-hoon (Byung-hun), over the phone as she waits. It's Joo-yeon's birthday and Dae-hoon, a secret agent, gets caught up with work and can't be there with her on her special day. A strange man shows up and begins to pester Joo-yeon about fixing the tire himself. After declining his help, the man known as Kyung-chul (Min-sik) attacks Joo-yeon before brutally murdering her. Kyung-chul is actually a notorious serial killer who mostly kills women and young girls. As the investigation unfolds, Dae-hoon swears merciless revenge on Kyung-chul and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. Does Dae-hoon really know when this game will end or has he already become a bigger monster than the man he now preys upon? The chemistry between Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi is what really drives the film. Byung-Hun is the broken down shell of a man when he's not in the hunt, so to speak. He has several emotional breakdowns that are incredibly heart wrenching, but the urge he has to make this bloodthirsty maniac pay for taking the love of his life away takes a front seat to any sort of emotion he once had. Byung-hun portrays the struggle his character has between sadness and revenge flawlessly. Min-sik plays the role of a lunatic incredibly well. His character seems to lack that which makes a person who they are; morals, a conscience, and above all a soul. Killing is the only thing that brings out the real Kyung-Chul. His first initial reaction to someone trying to beat him at his own game is agitation and borderline out of control rage, but once he regains control he not only enjoys himself but claims it's the most fun he's ever had. Min-sik acts level headed when his kills go well, but the way he expresses how insane his character really is when things go bad for him is what makes his performance so memorable. While the scenes where Byung-hun and Min-sik fight with each other are great for obvious reasons, there's a scene at the end of the film where they both have a heart to heart conversation that is just spectacular. Every little glimpse you have of that confrontation leading up to that point is fantastic, as well.

Jee-woon Kim certainly knows how to shoot a beautiful looking film. Lush and vibrant colors make grisly murders and spontaneous revenge tactics look much more pleasant than the blood that endlessly splatters all over every wall and floor in the film. Other than the brilliant colors, the cinematography is rather unique as well. There's a scene near the end of the film where Dae-Hoon is walking toward the camera on a deserted road. It's simple and shot like we're basically walking backwards in front of him while staring directly at his face. He eventually begins to cry; an uncontrollable sobbing. The way the scene is shot along with Byung-hun's performance made it one of the more memorable scenes in the film. There's another where Kyung-Chul gets picked up by a taxi. He gets into the front passenger seat while there's another man in the back, so there are three people in the car altogether including the driver. Kyung-Chul realizes he's going to have to beat these guys to the punch, so as their adrenaline escalates the camera rotates around the inside of the car. You get this continuous 360 degree shot of the action occurring inside this cab. It's amazing.

Leave it to another Korean thriller revolving around revenge to make an impression on me. Jee-woon Kim's I Saw the Devil is a superbly acted, exceptionally written, grotesquely gorgeous film that'll make you cringe during some of the more horrific and blood soaked acts in the film while secretly leave you craving so much more. That craving is satisfied thanks to the interactions and chemistry between actors Byung-hun Lee and Min-Sik Choi. The disturbing content in the film is more than enough to satisfy the hungriest gore hounds out there while the captivating story will please anyone looking for something more than someone being chopped to pieces. I Saw the Devil is one of the most morbidly delightful films to be released in recent years.

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