A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director:

Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

Writers:

Park Hoon-jung (screenplay), Jee-woon Kim (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Byung-Hun ... Kim Soo-hyeon
Choi Min-sik ... Jang Kyung-chul
Jeon Gook-Hwan ... Squad Chief Jang
Ho-jin Chun ... Section Chief Oh
San-ha Oh San-ha Oh ... Joo-yeon
Yoon-seo Kim Yoon-seo Kim ... Se-yeon
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
In-seo Kim ... Se-jung
Kim Kap-su ... Planning team deputy head
Joon-hyuk Lee ... Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo ... Detective Kang
Cheol-woo Han Cheol-woo Han ... Detective Park
Myeong-Yeon Jo Myeong-Yeon Jo ... Detective Jo
Tae-goo Eom Tae-goo Eom ... Detective Eom
Se-joo Han Se-joo Han ... Woman on bus
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SPOILER: Jang Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath serial killer. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiancé Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer. Written by jck movies

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Abandon all compassion. [Scandinavian Blu-ray release.] See more »


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Director Jee-woon Kim revealed how some Indian producers were interested in the film's remake rights. Since the agreement failed at the negotiation table, he laughed, "They made it anyway." See more »

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Kyung-chul: Hey. Cut the bullshit. You already lost. You think you got me? Huh? Fuck you. I don't know what pain is. Fear? Don't know that either. There's nothing you can get from me. So... You already lost. Got that?
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Alternate Versions

The German ratings board FSK denied the uncut film its highest rating "Not under 18". Approximately 11 minutes were cut from the film to achieve this rating after all. For the release of the uncut version, the film was approved by an independent legal committee (because the legal committee of SPIO denied an approval). See more »

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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Habanera
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From "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
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Exquisite, effective and merciless
18 August 2010 | by barnezboiSee all my reviews

First and foremost, much of this movie borders on, for lack of a better word, the obscene. There are plenty of scenes that bring to mind soft-core pornography, and the violence is incredibly gory and at times, over the top. Some of the actions performed on screen will make most viewers squirm uncomfortably, while a vast majority of those that aren't will let the audience's mind drift to some very, very scary places.

In short, its a visceral thriller. The movie is essentially driven by both lead characters trying to inflict as much pain and terror in one another as possible. Unlike most serial killer/crime thrillers, both the two characters collide (in violent, brutal fashion) with one another many, many times, leaving each other bloodied and eager for the next encounter. During these scenes, the movie takes on an unexpected action tone, with plenty of engaging fights that include knives, scythes, screwdrivers and in one scene, a fire extinguisher. In between these scenes the audience is shown the full depravity of the serial killer's psychopathic nature, who pretty much succeeds on setting the bar for on screen insanity.

If this sounds like a mindless action/thriller summer film, you'd be mistaken. Both Choi M.S and Lee B.H deliver great performances, with Choi in particular acting disturbingly convincing as a completely unhinged maniac. The plot, although somewhat predictable, is nonetheless entertaining and once set in motion, incredibly gripping. There are plenty of cheap "boo! gotcha" scares, but some scenes are masterfully crafted to generate a LOT of tension. Believe me when I say that there were plenty of scenes where you could literally see that the rest of the audience wasn't even breathing, much less moving. As mentioned earlier, the action scenes are shot surprisingly well, and there's a certain pleasure to be derived from watching the hunter become hunted... and in such an exquisite, effective and merciless manner.

On an aside, the movie seems to have remake potential with Hollywood production. Perhaps starring Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. (as a serial killer? wouldn't you be terrified?), with maybe... Danny Boyle at the helm? Hopefully the movie does well enough in its release to receive any considerations.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

I Saw the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,567, 6 March 2011

Gross USA:

$129,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,966,357
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1.85 : 1
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