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I Saw the Devil (2010)

Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 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.

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Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
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Section chief's daughter
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Squad Chief Jang
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Detective 4
Seung-ah Yoon ...
The Cannibal's Girlfriend
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Planning director
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Taxi burglar 2
Seung-Ri Ha ...
Female high school student at harbor
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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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12 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

I Saw the Devil  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Remade as Ek Villain (2014) See more »

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Habanera
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From "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
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"A real complete revenge."
27 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Are most revenge stories totally complete? Is Hammurabi's Code not good enough? An eye for an eye, a life for a life? 'I Saw the Devil' doesn't think so, and I have to agree.

With top Korean names as Ji-Woon Kim (A Bittersweet Life, Tale of Two Sisters), Byung-hun Lee (A Bittersweet Life) and the always amazing Min-Sik Choi (everything), this film had some lofty expectations, and I can easily say that whatever expectations I had, they were smashed, bashed, and slashed into smithereens and finally, thrown out the window.

Wronged by the blood-thirsty psycho Choi, Agent Byhung takes vengeance into his own hands in unrelenting fashion. And boy howdy, we got some serious, flesh-ripping and bone-shattering revenge here. Mix in great direction, cinematography, choreography, music, and, of course, dynamite acting, you've got one fantastic flick.

Not long into the film, I began to wonder if Min-Sik Choi was delivering one of the all-time anti-hero performances, and for a minute or two, I was definitely thinking that this was the case. However, those anti-hero thoughts were quickly dashed away - he's straight up evil. Always the reliable actor, Min-Sik may have out-done himself; he successfully transformed into one of cinema's most memorable serial killer/villains.

Beyond wishing for a stronger emotional impact, this film is just perfect stuff in my eyes. Serial killer movies are being made brilliantly by our beloved brothers from South Korea, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart with big hugs and kisses.


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