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                              Korean Film Night Review 

The KCCUK in London put on a regular screenings of films in a three year project to show of some of Korea's many great films, with each series of screenings they bring over  either the actor ,Director,screenwriter or other film professional associated with the film.

I saw the Devil has featured a couple of times ,last year in their ''Year of Four Actors'' ,which is where we saw the film originally and more recently in this current yeasr with their

''Year of the Film Professionals ''  

 

Please Visit the KCCUK site for more details

 

           I Saw the Devil

 I Saw the Devil (2010)
original title - Akmareul boatda
Running time - 141 min  
Director:
Kim Jee-Woon
Stars:
Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim  

English subtitled

 

 

 

 Story - Jang Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik ) plays the role of a serial killer in this dark tale set in Korea. When a retired police chief’s daughter is found murdered, her fiancé Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself and make him suffer for what he has done.


Review – That’s the bloke from Old Boy isn’t it ? I said as Choi Min-sik appeared on screen, he has put on a few pounds hasn’t he ? But this is quickly forgotten as the action and story draws you in, though the often graphic violence makes you cringe, you have to keep watching, you are transfixed.
I found myself becoming more accepting of Soo-hyn’s acts of violence as he dispensed justice. This is one of those films where you are there with the characters, but powerless to do anything and are pulled along -willingly. This is credited to the direction of Kim Jee-Woon and the acting skills of Choi Min-sik for his scaringly believable portrail of a menacing serial killer and for Lee Byung-hun playing the strong, flawed hero, whose world has changed and his consuming need for justice. And the fight scenes are pretty good too. Many occasions I did feel like shouting ‘ just kill him ’.


Kim Jee-Woon has us completely in his control. It’s all very Shakespearean in its plot and characters development. Actions affecting situations and characters alike. The humour though dark has us uncomfortably smiling. Action and jump out of your seat moments. There is a sense of justice at the conclusion of the film, which again is a little uncomfortable to watch – what has Soo-hyn has become ? Or has he ? But this I will not spoil for you.


 ( Note to myself - never hitch hike or go out at night in Korea )

 The Cloudtoe / September 2013

Our thanks go to the London Korean Cultural Center  who put on these free screenings on a regular basis. Visit their website here.

                                      Stills and Art work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 Credits

 

Directed by Kim Ji-woon
Produced by Kim Hyung-woo
Jo Sung-won
Kim Jae-young
Kim Jung-hwa
Written by Park Hoon-jung
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Choi Min-sik
Music by Mowg
Cinematography Lee Mo-gae
Editing by Nam Na-young
Studio Showbox/Mediaplex
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release date(s)
  • 12 August 2010
Running time 144 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget $6 million
Box office $12,773,990

 Characters

 

  • Lee Byung-hun as Soo-hyun, an agent in the National Intelligence Service
  • Choi Min-sik as Kyung-chul, a school bus driver and serial killer
  • Jeon Kuk-hwan as Squad Chief Jang, Joo-yun's father
  • Chun Ho-jin as Section Chief Oh, the leader of the police
  • Oh San-ha as Joo-yun, Soo-hyun's fiance
  • Kim Yun-seo as Se-yun, Joo-yun's sister
  • Choi Moo-sung as Tae-joo, Kyung-chul's friend
  • Kim In-seo as Se-jung, Tae-joo's girlfriend

 

 Source : wikipedia

                                                Trailers
 
 
           Other Films in the Year of Four Actors series on site

Nameless Gangster  - 2012 - Feature coming shortly.

       Other Films in the Year of the Film Professionals on site

The Unjust -2011-   Ryoo Seung-Wan directs this thriller with screenplay by Park Hoon-Jung

The Showdown -2011 -  Park Hoon-Jung's directorial debut' with a screenplay he wrote as well.

New World -2013 - Award winning film from Park Hoon-Jung , starring ,Lee Jung-Jae,Choi Min-sik and Hwang Jung-Min.

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