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I Saw the Devil (2010)

Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 August 2010 (South Korea)
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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 ... Jang Kyung-chul
Joon-Hyuk Lee ... Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
In-seo Kim ... Se-jung
Kap-su Kim ... Planning team deputy head
Ho-jin Chun ... Section Chief Oh
Bo-ra Nam ... Section chief's daughter
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Squad Chief Jang
Tae-goo Eom Tae-goo Eom ... Detective 4
Mi-nam Jeong ... Taxi burglar 2
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
Seung-ah Yoon Seung-ah Yoon ... The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Planning director
San-ha Oh San-ha Oh ... Joo-yeon
Ji-eun Lee Ji-eun Lee ... Children at stream
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Kyung-chul: The way I see it, I think you're damn unlucky.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Kim Jee-woon made seven cuts totaling 80 to 90 seconds in order to receive a Korean over 18 restricted rating. Cuts were made to a scene of body parts being eaten by a dog and humans, and a human body being mutilated. Before the censorship, the Korean censors twice gave it a rating that would have prevented a video and mainstream theatrical release. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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Habanera
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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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