Saturday, February 26, 2011


By D.E.Levine

Director: Ji-woon Kim
Writer: Hoon-jung Park
Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Gook-hwan Jeon, Ho-jin Jeon, San-ha Oh, Yoon-seo Kim et al.
Producer: Hyun-woo Kim
Executive Producers: Hun-you Jeong and Greg Moom
Co-executive Producers: Kee-young Cheong, Hyung-cho II, Yeong-chin Kang, Byung-ki Kim, Kil-soo Kim, Jae-sik Moon, Bryan Song and Youngjoo Suh
Co-producer: Seong-weon Jo
Associate Producers: Jae-young Kim and Jung-hwa Kim
Cast: Min-ski Choi,
Original Music: Mowg
Running Time: 141 Minutes
Country of Origin: South Korea
Language: with English subtitles
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror

People walked out of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival screening because they thought I Saw the Devil was too brutal and horrifying, but it's actually a well-done revenge film, made in true Korean style.

The legendary actor Min-ski Choi, who played Oldboy, is cast as a ruthless, demented, serial killer.

After raping and murdering the daughter of the chief of police, the killer continues to rape and murder without remorse.

However, in addition to being the daughter of the chief of police, the young girl he murdered at the opening of the film, was engaged to a secret service agent who vows vengeance and starts tracking the serial killer.

Thus begins a tale of cat and mouse with the secret agent stalking the serial killer and the serial killer choosing victims that are explicitly hurtful to the secret agent.

The tension keeps building as the action keeps barreling along. Whenever it seems things can't get any more horrifying and crazier, they do.

The performances are really superb and the intensity builds. I did think that at a certain point the film could have been cut and that it went on longer than necessary, but it was filled with unexpected twists and turns and the suspense kept building.

It's true some people don't feel a film of this type particularly appealing, but others find it curiously satisfying