I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil

LEE Byung-hun in I SAW THE DEVIL, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

I Saw the Devil (2010/2011)

Also Known As: Akmareul Boatda

Opened: 03/04/2011 Limited

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Genre: South Korean Horror/Drama

Rated: Unrated


I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master KIM Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters). Oldboy's CHOI Min-sik plays Kyung-chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police.

On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancee of elite special agent Soo-hyun (The Good, The Bad, The Weird's LEE Byung-hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind.

The lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, KIM Jee-woon brilliantly transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.

Director's Statement

I always start off by making a film I want to watch. My fascination with the different film genres is always on the forefront. But I SAW THE DEVIL is a film that focuses on two men's emotions and actions in torturing each other in the name of vengeance rather than sticking to the frames of a fixed genre. I wanted to watch the primitive energy that arises out of the clash of mad rage like an active volcano and icy-cold lunacy. I wanted to see the fiery match-up between actors CHOI Min-sik, who is hot like a ball of fire, and LEE Byung-hun who shows no limit to giving detailed expressions. I SAW THE DEVIL is about a man whose fiance gets killed by a devilish man and who sets out to pay him back with all the pain and torture. This film could be a story about sharing the pain. In terms of fighting with the devil, it could be a religious story. It touches on morals and questions whether it is right to get bloody vengeance. It could also be a love story about a man who is willing to do anything for the one he loves. But I hope the audience can just enjoy the extreme characters created by the magical union of the two talented actors.

Through the two characters who mercilessly attack each other for revenge, I hope the audience will question why some people lead normal lives while others live like the devil. Also, I hope audiences will wonder when everything started to go wrong and where are we headed...