For those of you who have been wondering how you’re going to see Kim Ji-Woon’s highly-anticipated South Korean thriller “I Saw the Devil” in North America, your cinematic prayers have been answered! Magnet Releasing recently acquired the controversial flick at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which is extremely good news for those of us who can’t wait to see the movie on the big screen. Of course, we’ll have to wait until 2011, but as fast as this year’s gone by, we’ll be there before you know it.
Here’s the official press release:
Magnet Releasing, announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Kim Ji-Woon’s (‘The Good, The Bad and The Weird’) I Saw The Devil at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, I Saw The Devil stars Lee Byung-hyun as Dae-hoon, a special agent whose pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a disturbed and brutal serial killer, played by Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. Vowing revenge, Dae-hoon blurs the lines between hunter and hunted and good and evil, eventually becoming a monster himself in his twisted pursuit of revenge.
“I SAW THE DEVIL is one of the most riveting and unrelenting films I’ve ever seen. It is an undisputable masterpiece,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “Unparalleled in it’s brutality, Kim Jeewoon deftly takes the serial killer thriller to new, profoundly disturbing heights. It’s hard to imagine curating a genre label that didn’t include this remarkable achievement.”
Magnet will release I SAW THE DEVIL theatrically in first quarter 2011.
Thanks to 24 Frames per Second for the scoop.