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 (2010)
original title - Akmareul boatda
Running time - 141 min
Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim
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.
|Directed by||Kim Ji-woon|
|Produced by||Kim Hyung-woo |
|Written by||Park Hoon-jung|
|Starring||Lee Byung-hun |
|Editing by||Nam Na-young|
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||144 minutes|
Source : wikipedia
Nameless Gangster - 2012 - Feature coming shortly.