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Release Date:
12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »
Evil lives inside. See more »
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
16 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Byung-hun Lee ... Kim Soo-hyeon

Min-sik Choi ... Kyung-chul

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

Directed by
Jee-Woon Kim  (as 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
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
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Dong-Han Kim .... sound effects editor
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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141 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

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 »
Kyung-chul:Why you little... Gone insane from eating human flesh? Wake up! I'm Jang Kyung Chul!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as I Saw the Devil (????)See more »
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125 out of 177 people found the following review useful.
Brutally profound, 15 September 2010
Author: pizza0 from Canada

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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