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Bedevilled -- Selfish clerk Hae-won agrees to visit an old friend, Bok-nam, on a remote island, where she discovers that Bok-nam serves as a slave to the other residents. But after tragedy strikes, Bok-nam seeks vengeance against all of her oppressors.


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2 September 2010 (South Korea) See more »
Nothing is more deadly than a woman seeking revenge.
A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Yeong-hie Seo ... Kim Bok-nam
Seong-won Ji ... Hae-won
Min-ho Hwang ... Dodger
Min-je (as Min Je)
Ji-Eun Lee ... Kim Yeon-hee
Jeong-hak Park ... Man-jong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang-hun Ahn ... Mr. Jang
Su-yeon Ahn ... Restaurant Waitress
Seong-woo Bae ... Cheol-jong
Su-ryun Baek ... Dong-ho's granny
Shi-hyeon Chae ... Mi-ran
Yeong-min Chun ... Young Hae-won
Dong-hak Han ... Superintendent
Hae-ji Hang ... Old Villager's Daughter
Jae-seong Hong ... Police Officer Jang
Seung-jin Hong ... Yankee's
Gi-seop Jeong ... Officer Choi
Deok-jae Jo ... Police Officer Seo
Gyeong-ae Kim ... Pa-ju's Granny
Gyeong-ran Kim ... Old Lady at Bank
Hyeon-su Kim ... Banker
Woo-geun Kim ... Coupon Boy
Woo-Seok Kim ... Young Seo
Yong Kim ... Seoul Policeman
Da-un Lee ... Young Cheol-jong
Kang-hee Lee ... Tearoom Waitress
Ro-jin Myeong ... Bank Manager
Lee Myeong-ja ... Gae-tong's Granny
Jong-ho Na ... Old Villager
Yong Oh ... Deuk-su
Jeong-sun Park ... Victim's Father
Jong-bin Park ... Young Man-jong
Seung-ah Park ... Young Deok-su
Seung-hwa Seo ... Banker
Won-yong Seong ... Supervisor
Seung-hyeon Shim ... Mudo Policeman
Yeong-sun Son ... Sun-yi's Granny
Seong-eun Tak ... Ji-su
Soon-cheol Yoo ... Old Man with Alzheimer's
Ae-jin Yu ... Young Bok-nam
Seung-oh Yu ... Seoul Policeman
Sae-jin Yuk ... Mudo Policeman

Directed by
Cheol-soo Jang  (as Chul-soo Jang)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kwang-young Choi 

Produced by
Man-taek Han .... executive producer
Jung Hyun .... executive producer
Seok-bin Jang .... co-producer
Harry H.W. Kim .... executive producer
Kuy-young Park .... producer
Original Music by
Tae-seong Kim 
Cinematography by
Gi-tae Kim 
Film Editing by
Mi-Joo Kim 
Production Design by
Jeom-hui Sihm 
Sound Department
Rawly Pickens .... sound re-recording mixer
Jin-hyuk Song .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Sung-tae Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ji-na Nam .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal" - South Korea (original title)
"Be Devil" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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115 min
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Island of (very) slow-brooding vengeance, 25 April 2011
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This film, of which the international title "Bedevilled" is a lot easier to remember than the original South Korean one, and its director Cheol- Soo Jang seemingly appeared out of nowhere but nevertheless left quite an impression at several internationally acclaimed film festivals around the world. Perhaps this is simply because the director is an acolyte of Kim Ki-Duk, or perhaps it's because he actually delivered a unique and hard-to-categorize motion picture that spooks through your head long after you finished seeing it. Throughout approximately 75 minutes (three quarters of the full running time), "Bedevilled" is a very slow and harrowing drama focusing on the life of one poor woman. Then suddenly, almost when you totally don't expect it anymore, the film converts into a harsh and downright savage tale of revenge and oppressed anger. The sudden transition is abrupt and shocking, but also strangely justified and efficient. One moment you're witnessing the "Via Dolorosa" of a seemingly timid and vulnerable young woman, yet the next moment this timid and vulnerable young woman is coloring the entire island blood red with a primitive sickle.

The story opens in modern day Seoul, where the egocentric and obnoxious Hae-Won is close to reaching an emotional and professional burnout. She goes on a vacation to Moodo, the island where she spent her childhood holidays with her friend Kim Bok-Nam. Kim Bok-Nam is very happy to see Hae-Won, because she thinks her friend has come to save her and her daughter, like she begged her to in all those letters. Kim Bok-Nam's life is worse than that of a slave. She's abused and humiliated by her husband and the rest of the island's population, both male and female. Another long series of events, including the disinterested reaction of her friend, slowly lead to a gigantic tragedy.

The first three quarters of "Bedevilled" may come across and dull and eventful – especially when shown at 2am on a Saturday morning in a theater full of horror junkies – but the slow pace and melodramatic atmosphere are fundamental for the film. Cheol-Soo Jang carefully takes his time to illustrate that Moodo truly is a very isolated setting, completely devoid of legislation and social evolution. The elderly intimidate the younger and the men dominate the women, probably just like the generations before them did as well. Kim Bok-Nam endured as much anger and agony as humanly possible, and this is painfully illustrated in great detail during the film's long awakening. I've rarely seen a cinematic character who's vengeance is so legitimatized and substantiated. My hat's off to debuting director Cheol-Soo Jang, scriptwriter Kwang-young Choi and lead actress Yeong-Hie Seo. Furthermore, "Bedevilled" benefices from the truly breathtaking island filming locations and staggering photography. Don't know if it's true, but I read somewhere that the location was selected out of nearly 3.000 islands surrounding the South Korean shore. The selection was based on size, nature and available facilities. Great choice, I'd say. Faint- hearted viewers beware, however, as the extended finale features a large number of grim and shocking images.

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