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I Saw the Devil

Roundup-thumbstandard From famed thriller director Ji-woon Kim comes this edgy thriller about secret agent Dae-hoon (Byung-hun Lee), who discovers how far over the edge he will go in order to seek revenge after his fiancée is brutally slain by psychopathic serial killer Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi). With the police baffled by Kyung-chul's murders, Dae-hoon decides to capture the killer, but his own increasing violence makes him wonder who the monster really is.
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The South Korean director Kim Jee-woon offers “I Saw the Devil," an operatically violent revenge fantasy with stunning production values. Read the review
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This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post  full review
 
As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious...
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
When it comes to bloody revenge movies, it's difficult to beat the South Koreans.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
Even at its most chaotic, the film never loses sight of the human toll of the increasingly over-the-top events it portrays.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times  full review
 
Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself?
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery (like the severed head that turns face-up in a river current) but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice  full review
 
On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.
Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 141 min
  • Available From: Jun 09, 2011
  • Queued by: 3747 people
Directed By
Ji-woon Kim
Cast
Byung-hun Lee, Gook-hwan Jeon, Ho-jin Jeon, San-ha Oh, Yoon-seo Kim, Min-sik Choi
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