I Saw the Devil
Original Title: 악마를 보았다
Release date: August 11, 2010
Director: Ji-woon Kim
Screenplay by: Hoon-Jung Park
Cast: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Gook-hwan Jeon, Ho-jin Cheon, San-ha Oh, Yoon-seo Kim
A young woman is killed while waiting for a tow truck. When she is later found, all that is left is her head. Her fiancé is a secret agent, her father is a former police chief. They want revenge for her cruel murder, and they go to the extremes to make the monster that did that to her pay. But is revenge the right answer? Will revenge quench the feelings of injustice? Lee Byung-Hyun stars in a cat and mouse game along Choi Min-Sik, where there are hardly any winners, just a lot of loss.
To sum up this movie, I am going to quote what my dear friend Dani said while we were watching it: “Man, Korea is seriously crazy.” Crazy it is, seeing as this is one of the bloodiest movies I have seen in a while. Not that blood is bad, but this movie is just that, blood and more blood, deaths, a crazy ahjusshi, his even crazier friends. It is an orgy of death, blood and psychopaths. Which can be totally amusing if you are into that sort of thing. It is a very well done, bloody thriller, there is no denying, Korea loves to make those sometimes taboo filled movies, they don’t mind stretching the boundaries, and that demands some balls.
I Saw the Devil is ballsy, gory and crazy. And yeah, it makes you jump in your seat because of the details in the production. Despite its kick-ass cast, the story is predictable at best. I love me some Lee Byung-Hyun oppa, but he didn’t do much in this besides hurting a whole, and separating jaws with his bare hands. He barely spoke, and I guess oppa is best when he is silent.