I Saw the Devil

Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.

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Film Cast:

  • Kim Soo-hyeon: Lee Byung-hun
  • Kyung-chul: Choi Min-sik
  • Squad chief Jang: Jeon Kuk-hwan
  • Section chief Oh: Cheon Ho-jin
  • Joo-yeon: Oh San-ha
  • Se-yeon: Kim Yoon-seo
  • Section chief’s daughter: Nam Bo-ra
  • NIS agent (uncredited): Lee Jun-hyuk
  • Nurse Han Song-i (uncredited): Yoon Chae-yeong
  • Tae-joo (uncredited): Choi Moo-sung
  • Se-jung (uncredited): Kim In-seo
  • Deputy head, planning team (uncredited): Kim Gab-soo
  • Detective (uncredited): Um Tae-goo
  • Director, planning team (uncredited): Choi Jin-ho
  • Gangster in taxi (uncredited): Jeong Mi-nam
  • Detective Kang (uncredited): Jo Deok-jae
  • Kyung-chul’s son (uncredited): Jang Jeong-won
  • Woman at pension (uncredited): Park Seo-yeon
  • Gangster in taxi (uncredited): Lee Seol‑gu
  • Jang-goo (uncredited): Yoon Byeong-hee
  • Young pharmacist (uncredited): Kim Yeong-chan
  • Corporal (uncredited): Goo Yong-wan
  • Hospital worker (uncredited): Kim Dae-hye
  • Old doctor (uncredited): Kim Jae-Geon
  • Teacher (uncredited): Park Ji-yeon
  • Kyung-chul’s mother (uncredited): Son Young-soon
  • Section chief Oh’s wife (uncredited): Nam Hyeon-joo
  • Detective Park (uncredited): Han Cheol-woo
  • Policeman at stream (uncredited): Sin Jeong-hoon
  • Woman on bus (uncredited): Han Se-joo
  • Sergeant (uncredited): Park Jeong-gi
  • Detective (uncredited): Jo Myeong-yeon
  • Kyung-chul’s father (uncredited): Kim Bong-soo
  • Park Han-gi (uncredited): Kim Kang-il
  • Old pharmacist (uncredited): Sin Sin-Beom
  • Detective: Seol Chang-hee

Film Crew:

  • Production Design: Jo Hwa-seong
  • Director of Photography: Lee Mo-gae
  • Costume Design: Kwon Yoo-jin
  • Director: Kim Jee-woon
  • Fight Choreographer: Jung Doo-hong
  • Editor: Nam Na-young
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Jung Do-ahn
  • Screenplay: Park Hoon-jung
  • Original Music Composer: Mowg
  • Camera Operator: Kim Byung-seo
  • Gaffer: Oh Seung-chul
  • Executive Producer: Kim Hyun-woo
  • Assistant Director: Seok Min-u
  • Sound Effects Editor: Romain Bigorgne
  • Line Producer: Nam Seong-ho
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Choi Tae-young
  • Makeup Effects Designer: Kwak Tae-yong
  • Makeup Effects Designer: Lee Hee-eun
  • Sound Editor: Gang Hye-yeong
  • Sound Effects Editor: Dong-Han Kim
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Park Yong-gi
  • Conceptual Design: Kim Byung-han
  • Makeup & Hair: Kim Hyun-jung
  • Producer: Kim Jung-hwa
  • Conceptual Design: Son Min-jeong
  • Editor: Kim Mi-young
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Pi Dae-Seong
  • Producer: Kim Jae-young
  • Co-Executive Producer: Cho Seong-won
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Jung Sung-jin
  • VFX Supervisor: Kang Jong-ik
  • Set Decoration: Kim Cho-hea
  • Fight Choreographer: Heo Myeong-haeng
  • Special Effects: Lee Hee Kyung
  • Set Decoration: Jeon Sung-ho
  • Stunts: Han Jeong-uk

Movie Reviews:

  • LastCaress1972: Brutal South Korean film about a serial rapist/killer (Min-sik Choi, Oldboy) who picks on the wrong girl when he kills and chops up the pregnant fiancee of a government secret agent (Byung-hun Lee, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) who proceeds to track him down, beat him to a pulp, place a tracking device on him, give him some money and release him. The idea being that he wants the killer to suffer and suffer and suffer, again and again, until his fear is as great as that of his victims, before he kills him.

    I Saw The Devil is not without its faults; at almost two-and-a-half hours, it’s too long, the brutal nature of the characters threatens to slide into absurdity especially when our killer takes refuge with a cannibalistic mate who doesn’t mind his wife being raped (she doesn’t mind, either; I guess your standards slip when your old man eats people for shits & giggles), and the concept of getting this serial rapist/killer to a point of sheer terror, like his victims – is flawed; this guy, as played by Min-sik Choi, is NEVER going to feel any fear. And so it is, by the end, rendering the whole catch/release premise redundant. That said, it’s gripping, it’s tense throughout much of the runtime, the lead performances are superb, it’s astonishingly violent and gory, but it’s meted out just right; more Seven than Saw, and it is photographed exquisitely. A serial killer movie bordering on torture porn, set in Korea in the snow, shouldn’t logically have a colour palette this vivid, but every frame is just beautiful.

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