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I Saw the Devil [Import]

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  • Actors: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, Ho-jin Chun, Kap-su Kim
  • Directors: Jee-woon Kim
  • Writers: Jee-woon Kim, Hoon-jung Park
  • Producers: Bryan Song, Byung-ki Kim, Greg Moon, Hun-you Jeong, Hyun-woo Kim
  • Format: Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • Release Date: May 10 2011
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P2VQZ2
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I Saw the Devil

Korean director Kim Ji-woon first garnered a reputation as an ace assimilator of outside styles, most notably for the ickily Freudian J-horror thriller A Tale of Two Sisters and the monumentally goofy spaghetti Western pastiche The Good, the Bad, the Weird. I Saw the Devil finds the filmmaker moving towards a style much closer to home--namely the Korean revenge thriller, best typified by movies such as Oldboy, Memories of Murder, and Nowhere to Hide--with results that vary between masterfully staged and punishingly gross. Beginning with an impeccably uneasy snowbound abduction scene, the story follows a dashing secret agent (Byung-hun Lee) sworn to track down the murderer of his pregnant fiancée. Upon finding the maniac (Oldboy's majestically disheveled Min-sik Choi), he implants him with a tracking device and proceeds to follow him across the country, swooping in to torture him at random intervals. Clocking in at 144 minutes, Ji-woon's film clearly believes in a more-is-more policy, with ideas about the futility of revenge and the dangers of staring into the abyss taken to their graphic extremes. Viewers with strong constitutions will find much to chew on. Anyone else, however, should be prepared to dive behind the couch at a moment's notice. --Andrew Wright

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Buckley on May 31 2011
Format: Blu-ray
North American fans of Korean cinema will no doubt compare this movie to Oldboy for a couple reasons: #1, it's a film about revenge, made in Korea (their directors seem to know what they're doing when it comes to this sub-genre of thrillers) and #2, it stars Min-sik Choi, who was the main protagonist (or antagonist depending on how you want to look at it) of Oldboy. However, that's where the similarities end.

Minor Spoilers ahead: "I Saw the Devil" is about a man (Kim Soo-hyeon) whose fiance is murdered by a serial killer. The next 2 hours are spent with him hunting and attacking (over and over, in very creative and gruesome ways) the man who killed his fiance, Kyung-chul (played by the masterful Min-sik Choi). There's no real twist (like the big one in Oldboy that causes everyone I've ever known that watched it to say "holy ****!"), you're not trying to figure anything out, this is the plot and it's laid out for you very early on, though there are times throughout the film where you wonder who will wind up winning out in end as each man gains and loses the upper hand several times (and there is a clear winner).

Critics of the film feel that the movie is excessive in the violence, and they feel the choices made by the characters are quite questionable (especially at the end), but essentially it delivers a similar message that other Korean revenge films have: Revenge isn't satisfying. If you're a fan of blood and creative violence in cinema however, you'll like this, but it will make even the most hardened of gore fans squirm (the Achilles tendon scene, the knife in the hand scene, the cab fight, etc). This is Korean cinema at its least subtle... violent with a touch of very dark humour, just the way I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 12 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The soundtrack starts out like this is a cheap Italian movie. It gets better.

The movie starts out with a woman stranded on a highway in the snow. She has a wrecker coming and is talking on her cell to her husband, a secret agent who watches Liam Neeson films. He is also conducting business. At one point he excuses himself to go to the restroom so he can sing to her on the phone. The next thing you know she is bludgeoned and dragged to a location where she is stripped and chained. The man doesn't torture her, just simply kills her. We find out that not only is he a psycho, but generally socially dysfunctional.

Her husband takes a leave from work and goes and plays "Dirty Harry" on every Korean pervert until he finds the killer in the act of raping a girl. Apparently the killer disrobes, rapes and then murders his victims, although he kills men too. He stops the rape and beats up the killer, but lets him go. The killer now has a bug and tracking device on him. Our Korean Dirty Harry is able to follow him around. When the killer/rapist is in the middle of an act, our Korean Dirty Harry shows up, beats the guys up and cuts on him. He is now wearing a soccer jersey so he can claim he got his wounds playing soccer in order to get medical attention, perhaps intended as a joke.

Nudity and rape, although the rape scenes are far less graphic than our 70's films. The translation was rather smooth and kudos for some originality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trek Fan..... on Nov. 2 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When i first started reading some of the review's for this movie i didn't know what to
make of the i went ahead and bought it.even though i don't let most review's influence
me in making my when i finished watching it.i was blown away by the sher terror of this
guy.that the killer is not gonna get away with killing his girlfriend.the way he beat the crap out
of him then lets him go then beat him again but in the mean time.he the killer is Reeking havoc on
other people. but this is the best revenge movie hands down..I Saw the Devil [Blu-ray]
Man oh man I can’t believe the uneducated ness of some people, just because it’s not
American or French, they can’t like it, well if they kill people different in Asia than they do
in America I would really like to know, the last time I check, I think this movie rest it’s Loral's
on revenge and revenge only, they have got to be seeing something else that I missed,
if the Asian face on the front didn't give it away,i don't think i'd be watching, you'd think,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sorpse on Sept. 26 2011
Format: Blu-ray
definatly at the top of my favorite films of 2011 list thus far. Right up there with hobo with a shotgun. This film however takes a more mature, intelligent aproach to making a gory film. Dont take that wrong however there is much more to this movie than blood and guts. Its basically a cat and mouse game between a sadistic serial killer and the widow of one of his victims. The cat however isnt the serial killer. You get to cheer for the good guy the whole time and although his mistakes are apparent you dont really think that the consequences would end up being so ruthless. Lots of emotions are pulled and its a thrill ride the whole way through. This is definatly the work of an experienced director and i'd recommend this movie to almost anyone. Also watch for an awesomely awkward scene between the serial killer and a cannibal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Naulls on June 23 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I first saw 'I Saw the Devil' at TIFF '10 and was blown away. As a huge fan of 'A Bittersweet Life', Kim Jee-Woon's previous collaboration with Lee Byung-Hun, and actor Min-sik Choi, I was very excited to see this film. We were warned prior to the screening that this film is brutal and that was no lie. There is some graphic violence in this film. Totally cringe-worthy things are depicted. But unlike modern horror films and torture-porn, all of the violence serves a purpose. It's a revenge tale, an action film, and the story of losing one's self in vengeance. The acting is stupendous, featuring stand-out performances from the two leads. I loved this film so much. I laughed, I squirmed, I lost myself in the story. Definitely pick this Blu-ray up. It may be lacking the wealth of bonus features we're used to but the quality of the filmmaking makes up for it.
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