Aug 28, 2011

Posted in 2010s, Korea, Reviewers

I Saw The Devil (2010) aka Akmareul Boatda

I Saw The Devil (2010) aka Akmareul Boatda

In a few words: Absolutely Brilliant.  From the story, cinematography, special effects, amazing camera angles with rotating sequences, script, acting and gore, director Ji-woon Kim ( The Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Tale of Two Sisters, and 3 Extremes II)created a true masterpiece.  To me actor Choi Min-sik should be nominated for an Oscar since he has given a performance of a life time that will live forever.


The film starts with a grisly murder of Ju-yeon, a young woman – the daughter of a retired police chief and fiancée of an elite special agent – who happens to be stranded on a country road while awaiting a tow truck.  The killer, Kyung-chul (played perfectly by OLDBOY’s Min-sik Choi), beats her within an inch of her life, drags her away to his lair, and then dismembers her body, even after she begs for her life admitting she is pregnant.  A local boy discovers one of her body parts and the nearby river is dragged.  More body parts are discovered while Ju-yeon’s father and her fiancée, Soo-hyun, look on.

After the funeral, Soo-hyun (played by The Good, the Bad, the Weird’s Byung-hun Lee) accepts “the call”, a promise made to his slain fiancée, to track down her murderer and exact revenge on him, even if doing so turns him into a monster.  When he does find Kyung-chul, handing him over to the authorities is the last thing on his mind.  A dangerous high stakes game of cat and mouse starts, and our story goes further into the depravity of the human condition.

We see how Soo-hynn little by little becomes the monster to fight another. The movie is 142minutes long but don’t think for a minute that the passe of the movie slows down, to the contrary it never stops.

As I mentioned before actor Choi Min-sik create a monster that doesn’t need a mask nor a rubber suit to scare you. The levels of brutality in this movie are extreme and the depths the revenge seeker goes to are psychotic.  Both actor are absoluty brilliant.

If you have the stomach, the interest and willing to watch a master piece, I Saw The Devil is absolutely the flick to watch, although I should warn you…some images will haunt you for days.

Absolutely no children under 18 should watch the movie.

I Saw The Devil is on Instant Watch at

– By George

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