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

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A perfect tale of revenge, 13 June 2011
Author: kluseba from Chicoutimi, Canada

This movie is probably the heaviest one I have ever seen in terms of mental and physical brutality even though I know movies that touch me even more. Anybody that has problems with torture scenes, cannibalism, violations and explicit sexual content as well as repetitive harsh language should stop reading here and lock for something else. Anybody else is invited to watch a movie about a monster you have never seen before.

The movie turns around the question if one can and if so, how one could fight a monster. If two monsters fight each other can there be a winner and what are the consequences for other involved people. The movie hides in fact a lot of philosophical content and depth beneath the surface of blood and gore and is less superficial than it might seem at first sight.

The movie is comparable to the story of the great Korean vengeance trilogy around "Sympathy for Mister Vengeance", "Oldboy" and "Lady Vengeance". It has the same harsh language and great acting as the Korean crime masterpiece "Memories of murder". It has the same philosophical content as the Canadian "Les sept jours du talion". Those movies can be references but this flick isn't comparable to any Hollywood production. This movie is also much heavier than any of the mentioned movies and something like that could only be a success in a country like Korea because it would be cut or banned in Europe or North America. Be sure to catch the uncut version no matter how high the price because it's really worth it.

This movie doesn't only live from its shocking and gripping story and the numerous brutal scenes but also from the amazing acting. Choi Min-sik is one of Korea's greatest actors as he proved in "Oldboy" or "Lady Vengenace" but this time he is even more perfect than I expected. He plays his role with so much credibility and precision and is easily the best interpretation of a serial killer I have ever seen in a movie. Lee Byung-hun plays in a credible way a man that must become a monster to realize his promise and his revenge and he perfectly plays a broken person that goes through extreme changes. The other actors also deliver a more than solid job and remain credible. I must underline the acting of the weird cannibal friend of the monster and his strange wife (you should absolutely check out the deleted scenes).

The director also did a great and very detailed job. The acting is perfect, the settings work very well and a great atmosphere is created. Kim Jee-won already created the dark, calm and mind-blowing masterpiece "A tale of two sisters" and he shows in here that he can also create a heavy, pitiless and extreme movie like this. I happen to estimate him higher and higher and want to check out the rest of his movies.

In the end, this movie isn't maybe as gripping and stunningly original as my favourite Korean flicks "Oldboy", "A tale of two sisters" or "Memories of murder" but it surely is a movie you should check out if you like modern Asian cinema and if you liked the movies I've listed up in this review. It's a little masterpiece you won't forget after you have seen it and it's probably the best movie of the year to me. I would say that this movie underlines my opinion that the Korean cinema has become the best in the world during the last years.

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