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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.
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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).
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Marks Min-Sik Choi's second role as a serial killer, following 2005's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (known in the US as Lady Vengeance.)
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The picture was previously entitled with the working title of "Night of the subtropical zones" and "The Hunter'.
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Throughout the entire film, the character Jang Kyung-chul played by Min-sik Choi always fights with a weapon. Without it, he easily gets knocked down.
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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."
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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.
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The film's ending music in both the Korean as well as international cut is different: The Korean cut focuses more on the music, while the international cut also has the sound of the hero crying.
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Byung-hun Lee, the protagonist, in an interview said that it was the first time that his film got restricted by the South Korean censor board. This made him want to see the film even more. The second time it got restricted, he was worried that the film won't screen at all. He admitted that he agreed that he was worried the fans won't be able to see the film.
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