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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
In-seo Kim ... Se-jung
Kap-su Kim ... Planning team deputy head
Bo-ra Nam ... Section chief's daughter
Joon-Hyuk Lee ... Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
Ho-jin Chun ... Section Chief Oh
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Squad Chief Jang
Tae-goo Eom Tae-goo Eom ... Detective 4
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Planning director
Seung-ah Yoon Seung-ah Yoon ... The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Seo-yeon Park Seo-yeon Park ... Woman at pension (as Park Seo-Yeon)
Mi-nam Jeong ... Taxi burglar 2
Seung-Ri Ha Seung-Ri Ha ... Female high school student at harbor
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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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Abandon all compassion. [Scandinavian Blu-ray release.] See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$129,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,773,990
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Kim Soo-hyeon: Come on! I'm just getting started.
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The title card unfolds with a scene in the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the end, the background music played is different in both the Korean and International versions. While in the Korean cut, the BGM that plays is emphasized and said to be forming the film's definite ending. In the International cut, the BGM is less emphasized and instead, the hero's crying voice is heard, ending the film with focus on the character. See more »

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Habanera
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Ugly and visceral serial killer movie.
24 January 2011 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The plot of "I Saw the Devil" revolves around a detective whose beautiful fiancée is savagely murdered by a vicious psychopath played by "Oldboy" himself Min-Sik Choy.Despairing cop quickly tracks down the psycho,tortures him a little and lets him free to play his own gruesome catch-and-release game...Hauntingy beautiful and sickeningly violent thriller from the director of mesmerizing "A Tale of Two Sisters".The cinematography is gorgeous,the action is hypnotic and the murders are savage and unrelenting.The plot is extremely dark and demented,so I was utterly enthralled.You will feel pain,agony and sadness in every inch of your body during "I Saw the Devil".The best serial killer movie since "The Silence of the Lambs".Watch it in pair with Gerald Kargl's "Angst" and be amazed.9 serial killers out of 10.


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