Quote from I Saw the Devil by Kim Soo-hyeon: “I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you’re in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That’s a real revenge. A real complete revenge.”
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Writers: Jee-woon Kim and Hoon-jung Park Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim, Kap-su Kim, Bo-ra Nam, Ho-jin Chun, Gook-hwan Jeon, etc.
Cast: Kee-young Cheong, Hyung-cho Il, Hun-you Jeong, Seong-weon Jo, Yeong-shin Kang, Byung-ki Kim, Hyun-woo Kim, Jae-young Kim, Jung-hwa Kim, Kil-soo Kim, Greg Moon, Jae-sik Moon, Sungho Nam, Bryan Song, and Youngjoo Suh
Rating: NA but has adult content throughout the movie such as sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs, and smoking, frightening and intense scenes
Running Time: 2 hours and 22 minutes
There’s no doubt that parts of South Korea likes its revenge movies, and I Saw the Devil is definitely one of them. The movie could have been pared down a little more in the editing process, but it’s enough to keep your attention throughout. Then again, this isn’t a movie you fall asleep to unless you find it boring. I Saw the Devil is about two men, one a serial killer and the other an agent, and how neither one backs down from the other. Hatred takes on a new meaning after someone is killed, and each now has a mission to destroy the other at all costs. One already operates out of a dark place you could call hell, while the other becomes dangerously close to it. This is good versus bad, but eventually it turns into bad versus bad as the serial killer (Min-sik Choi) continues to torment the agent (Byung-hun Lee). It’s every man for himself on the streets where it’s better to kill than to be killed, but who actually survives and by how much is only found at the end. I say watch this movie and then wear it as a badge of honor because it was one that almost never got released.
I Saw the Devil gets a rating of 90%