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I Saw the Devil (2010)

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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:

Jee-woon Kim (adaptation), Hoon-jung Park (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Byung-Hun Lee ... Kim Soo-hyeon
Min-sik Choi ... Kyung-chul
Joon-Hyuk Lee ... Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
Kap-su Kim ... Planning team deputy head
In-seo Kim ... Se-jung
Bo-ra Nam ... Section chief's daughter
Ho-jin Chun ... Section Chief Oh
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Squad Chief Jang
Tae-goo Eom Tae-goo Eom ... Detective 4
Mi-nam Jeong ... Taxi burglar 2
Seung-ah Yoon Seung-ah Yoon ... The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Planning director
Seung-Ri Ha Seung-Ri Ha ... Female high school student at harbor
Seo-yeon Park Seo-yeon Park ... Woman at pension (as Park Seo-Yeon)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,567, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,392, 24 April 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The international cut did away a lot of sequences the director regarded unnecessary and added all the scenes banned by the Korean censor board, yet it's the Korean cut which runs longer than the international one. See more »

Quotes

Kim Soo-hyeon: I wish you suffer even after you die.
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Crazy Credits

The title card unfolds with a scene in the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the end, the background music played is different in both the Korean and International versions. While in the Korean cut, the BGM that plays is emphasized and said to be forming the film's definite ending. In the International cut, the BGM is less emphasized and instead, the hero's crying voice is heard, ending the film with focus on the character. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Taapmaan (2018) See more »

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Habanera
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From "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
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A bloody masterpiece
12 June 2011 | by thedrakeSee all my reviews

I Saw The Devil is a bloody masterpiece. Jee-woon Kim has proved himself to be a master storyteller. Beautiful shots, a creative script, perfect acting and intense violence make I Saw The Devil a must-see movie for anyone who calls themselves a horror fan.

It's a breath of fresh air in a seemingly stagnant genre full of the same old vampire and zombie stories being retold over and over. And yes, there have been loads of revenge movies before, but I Saw The Devil takes it to the next level.

Gritty, dark, gory and original: I loved this movie, and I don't like anything. I just hope an American company doesn't comes along to make a shallow remake (Let The Right One In).


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