I Saw the Devil
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I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master KIM Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters). Oldboy's CHOI Min-sik plays Kyung-chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience..."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A terrific but uncompromising film that's definitely not for everyone. It's not just that the violence is graphic, but that much of it is so mean-spirited."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Thanks to the strong directing we get a handful of really fantastic scenes and a number of thrills, which make this a wholly enjoyable film."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"A revenge flick that's just about as uncompromising as anything I've seen come out of Asia in the last decade or so."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Senseless and inane sicko revenge pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"It's a terrible time at the movies, and for that it is truly quite great. But you've been warned."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"In filmmaker Kim Jee-woon's latest offering, the generous runtime begins with narrative promise but soon settles for near-ridiculous plot twists in order set up the next sadistic rape, murder, torture or terror most foul."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"...a gritty, brutal, and consistently uncompromising thriller that does, for the most part, feel like South Korea's answer to Se7en."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Worth the price of admission for the wildly creative (and brutally bloody) taxicab scene alone. Merciless, uncompromising, and unforgettable."
‑ Jovanka Vuckovic,
"This film features a spectacular performance by Choi Min-sik as Kyung-chul, one of the most scary and evil villains ever seen in any film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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