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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
Joon-Hyuk Lee ... Agent (as Lee Joon-Hyeok)
Bo-ra Nam ... Section chief's daughter
Kap-su Kim ... Planning team deputy head
Ho-jin Chun ... Section Chief Oh
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Tae-joo
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Squad Chief Jang
Seung-ah Yoon Seung-ah Yoon ... The Cannibal's Girlfriend
Tae-goo Eom Tae-goo Eom ... Detective 4
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Planning director
San-ha Oh San-ha Oh ... Joo-yeon
Chae-young Yoon Chae-young Yoon ... Nurse Han Song-i
Mi-nam Jeong ... Taxi burglar 2
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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

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: Are you scared? Say it, are you scared? Now do you realize what you've done?
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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 »

Connections

Remade as Yutham Sei (2011) See more »

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I Want to Love You
Written by Kwang Hyun Park
Performed by Kwang Hyun Park
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"Crazy bastards!"
1 March 2011 | by mario_cSee all my reviews

I SAW THE DEVIL (English title) is a great story of revenge of a secret agent who pursues a serial killer, after this last one kill his fiancée, in a deadly cat-mouse game.

The story is captivating and the film has a good pace with a constant rhythm from the beginning to the end. Meanwhile we watch some great scenes of gore, with lots of blood but also very well shot. The humor is also present with some great jokes of black humor that are well connected to the plot. In fact is with little details this movie makes the difference, like some scenes where the camera work is great: the stabbing inside the cab is one of them. The actors also do a good job, especially the two who represent the main roles: the agent and the serial killer.

A nice piece of Asian cinema for sure, very well directed and with a strong plot.


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