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March 01, 2011

I SAW THE DEVIL

I-Saw-The-Devil Following in the tracks of celebrated Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park, director Ji-woon Kim affects a similar tone of grotesque violence to incite reflection about social values.

Byung-hun Lee plays Soo-hyun, a South Korean government secret agent whose pregnant fiancée is brutally murdered and dismembered by serial killer Kyung-chul, played by Chan-wook Park regular Min-sik Choi. The agent uses information supplied by his fiancée's retired police chief father to track down suspects.

I Saw The Devil (2010) | SumGyeoJin Gem

The trail leads Soo-hyun to Kung-chul, but the agent chooses to employ a shocking brand of justice. He viciously tortures the serial killer before releasing him, albeit with a GPS device planted in his stomach, so he can repeat the hunt-and-torment process again and again. It's a flawed plan that leaves a lot of innocent bystanders dead in its wake. But there's an unforeseen upside too.

I saw the devil

"I Saw the Devil" is a gritty and gory discourse on the nature of revenge. The film falls neatly alongside Chan-wook Park's cinema of vehemence. It's a visceral experience that leaves you shaken, and with plenty to think about.

I Saw the Devil (2010/2011) - Covering Media

Not Rated. 144 mins. 

4 Stars

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