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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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To Catch A Monster He Must Become One See more »


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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marked Min-sik Choi's first major acting role since his self-imposed exile over his protest of the Korean screen quota system. It also reunited Byung-Hun Lee with Jee-woon Kim, with whom he had worked in the past on films such as A Bittersweet Life (2005). See more »

Quotes

Kim Soo-hyeon: Heard that many times, haven't you? People begging for their lives. And you enjoyed that, huh?
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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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I Want to Love You
Written by Kwang Hyun Park
Performed by Kwang Hyun Park
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Brutally profound
15 September 2010 | by pizza0See all my reviews

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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