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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:
15 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An uncompromising, unsettling and unforgettable thriller See more (161 total) »

Cast

 

Byung-hun Lee ... Kim Soo-hyeon

Min-sik Choi ... Kyung-chul

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

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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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 film marks Choi's first major role since his self-imposed exile over his protest of the Korean screen quota system. It also reunites Lee with Kim who have worked together in the past on films such as A Bittersweet Life (2005).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:
I Want to Love YouSee more »

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96 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
An uncompromising, unsettling and unforgettable thriller, 24 September 2010
Author: DonFishies from Canada

This movie is not for the squeamish, or the faint of heart. Censors claimed it was offensive to human dignity. These were the kinds of things they told the audience at the world premiere screening of the Uncut Version of I Saw the Devil at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. I had heard the movie was pretty graphic, but I never expected that it would push any boundaries. I turned out to be only half right.

After finding out his fiancée has been brutally murdered, secret agent Dae-hoon (Byung-hun Lee) is at a loss. With the help of his father-in-law, he sets out on a revenge plot to find the man who did it. He quickly finds the culprit, Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi). He beats him pretty badly, but instead of killing him, he leaves him alive. He wants to stalk his prey, and exact his revenge slowly and increasingly more painfully.

Going in with very few ideas of what I was about to see, I was startled and thrilled at the tenacious audacity on display from the opening scene all the way until the final frames. The film is a gritty, merciless experience that could never be truly recreated in North America. This is the kind of hard-boiled revenge thriller you could only find in Korea. And to hear that even the censors there could not handle Kim Ji-woon's complete vision makes the film all the more uncompromising and astounding. It has taken me well over a week to try and come up with the words to describe and review the film, but never once have I forgotten anything I saw. It is quite simply, unforgettable.

I was right in assuming the film would not push the boundaries of what can be shown in regards to graphic violence and gore. But it comes really close. It makes Park Chan-Wook's entire Vengeance Trilogy look about as violent as the Toy Story Trilogy. Blood sprays, flies, drips, gushes – every verb or way blood can possibly flow out of the human body occurs over the course of the film. It relishes in it no matter if the shot is raw, unflinching and real, or hyper stylized and completely over-the-top. One sequence involving a brutal double murder as the camera swoops around the scene in a circle is simply magnificent to watch, both to see how much blood is spilt and for how wicked and incredible a shot it is.

The revenge tale at the core of I Saw the Devil is not all too original, but it is the story and idea around it that is. Very rarely do we see a film with two characters that start off completely different, but very slowly become all in the same. Dae-hoon and Kyung-chul are both very stubborn individuals, who will not back down from each other. They just keep at each other, and even as Kyung-chul is continually beaten, abused and victimized, he never once lets up. I keep coming back to a comparison with Batman and The Joker in The Dark Knight, and how those two menaces push each other to their physical limits, and that is exactly what happens in this film. While it was easy to pick sides in Dark Knight, Ji-woon makes it increasingly difficult for the audience to figure out who they should sympathize with here. It is a haunting and blatantly moral-defying story, and its raw and emotional undertones are more than difficult to swallow.

But the key problem I found with the film is Ji-woon's lack of ability to know when to cut. There are easily twenty minutes that could be chopped right out of the film, and none of its edge would be lost in the process. I was glued to the screen for the majority of the film, but found myself checking my watch more than once because I was totally baffled as to why it runs over 140 minutes. There is only so much revenge one can take and comprehend, and having the film run so long makes it all too easy to call out as being self-indulgent. I respect the film, and I respect Ji-woon as a filmmaker (I wanted to seek out the rest of his film catalogue immediately after the lights came up), but it just makes such an incredible movie feel a bit sloppy and weakened as a cohesive package.

Another inconsistent element is Lee's Dan-hoon. We never learn much about him outside of his being a secret agent and wanting to inflict as much pain as he can through his revenge scheme. So how are we to assume he was not a sick and twisted individual in the first place? How are we to know this is not his first time inflicting such a painful revenge? He rarely speaks, and his cold, calculating eyes never once give us a hint of any further development. It is a great performance by Lee, but it is one that feels very underdeveloped – outside of some rather obvious sequences.

But then, anyone would look underdeveloped when standing next to Choi. The man gives a performance that is the stuff of legend. He was incredible as the lead in Oldboy as the man who was wronged, and is even better as the wrongdoer here. He brings out the monster in Kyung-chul all too easily, and his riveting performance is unmissable. The transformation into this disgusting, psychopathic creature is nothing short of amazing. He chews up scenery at every turn, and is magnetic on screen. Nothing even comes close to equaling the power, intensity and dare I say authenticity he puts into this character. He is the stuff of nightmares.

I Saw the Devil is a great revenge thriller, but is far from perfect. Choi's electric performance alone should become required viewing for anyone with any interest in film.

8/10.

(An edited version of this review also appeared on http://www.geekspeakmagazine.com).

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