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Admittedly, I still haven’t seen Kim Ji-woon’s latest film, “I Saw the Devil”, though it is one of the movies from the past few years that I’ve been anticipating the most. Kim’s “A Bittersweet Life” is one of my all time favorite movies, and his last offering, “The Good, The Bad, The Weird”, is great in it’s own right. If I wanted to I’m sure I could find a bootleg of “I Saw the Devil”, but since it open in American theaters on March 4th, after a US premiere at Sundance, I think I’m going to wait it out and see it on the big screen.
A remorseless psychopath stalks deserted roads looking for women to rape and slaughter. But when he murders the pregnant fiancée of a secret-service agent, the tables turn, and the stalker becomes the prey as the grief-stricken agent pursues a gruesome revenge. Soo-hyun hunts down the killer but does not turn him over to the authorities. Instead, he exacts a punishment designed to make the psycho truly suffer. The sadistic mayhem escalates as the pair enact a gory cat-and-mouse game that quickly spirals out of control.
As excellently crafted as it is blood soaked, Kim Ji-woon’s hard-edged revenge thriller leaves an indelible mark on its audience. The brutality and unrelenting violence of “I Saw the Devil” is only half as jarring as its unflinching portrait of the dark side of human nature.
Todd has seen “I Saw the Devil”, and can’t stop raving about it. You can read his review here. The film opens in American theaters on March 4th, and stars Lee Byung-hun (“A Bittersweet Life”) and Choi Min-sik (“Oldboy”).
As for the poster, here it is.