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I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil

Akma-reul Bo-at-da

Kim Jee-woon

  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • Producer: Kim Hyun-woo
  • Executive Producer: Greg Moon, Jeong Hun-you
  • Screenplay: Park Hoon-jung
  • Runtime: 143
  • Programmes:

A hard-boiled thriller from Korean master Kim Jee-woon, I Saw the Devil is a tale of bloody vengeance against a dangerous psychopath who has committed a gruesome series of murders.

Crime & ThrillerSouth KoreaViolence

screening times

    • Tuesday September 14
    • 8:00:00 PM
    • Wednesday September 15
    • 4:45:00 PM
    • Thursday September 16
    • 5:30:00 PM

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Anyone who caught Kim Ji-woon’s’s schizophrenic “kimchi Western” The Good, the Bad, the Weird at the Festival in 2008 is in for a wicked surprise with his latest genre mash-up, which plays like a hybrid of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Better still, I Saw the Devil pairs two of South Korea’s top performers – Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik and The Good, the Bad, the Weird’s Lee Byung-Hyun – as two ferocious men whose lives intersect by way of a horrific murder.

Kyung-chul (Min-sik) is a maniacal serial killer who drives a yellow school bus and preys on young women. He captures and kills his victims, but their deaths are not the end of his madness. While the police have been aware of his actions for some time, they have never been able to put a name or face to his crimes.

When the corpse of a retired police chief’s pregnant daughter surfaces, things change gears and the hunter quickly becomes the hunted. Yet it is not the girl’s father who swears vengeance, but rather her secret agent fiancé, Joo-yeon (Byung-Hyun), who decides to track down the perpetrator himself. Anyone with even the remotest information on the killer’s whereabouts is in for a bloody beating. But when his mission starts to come together, Joo-yeon morphs into quite a disturbing monster himself.

With an outstanding filmography that also includes A Tale of Two Sisters and A Bittersweet Life, Ji-woon has already established himself as an auteur with a precise knack for capturing powerful and innovative images that complement his dense narratives and intriguing characters. I Saw the Devil is sure to be one of the most grotesque and gorgeous genre films you will see this year.

Giovanna Fulvi

director bio

Kim Jee-woon was born in Seoul, South Korea and was a theatre actor and director before making his writing-directing debut with The Quiet Family (98). He has also written and directed the films The Foul King (00), the Memories segment of the horror film anthology 3 Extremes II (02), A Tale of Two Sisters (03), A Bittersweet Life (05), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (08), which screened at the Festival, and I Saw the Devil (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik
Kim Hyun-woo
Executive Producer:
Greg Moon, Jeong Hun-you
Lee Mogae
Nam Na-young
Choi Tae-young
Production Designer:
Cho Hwa-sung
International Sales Agent:
Production Company:
Peppermint & Company, Ltd.
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