Excerpt: There are a lot of revenge films that currently exist out there. While I am always up for a sweet revenge tale, it does excite me much more when it is a film coming out of South Korea. Over the course of the past decade, South Korea has continued to prove to me that some of the best, stylish, and most ambitious films are coming out of that area.
Excerpt: 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 fiancee of elite special agent Soo-hyun.
Excerpt: The Film In 2003, a little film from Korea became a cult classic around the globe; it took a little longer for American viewers to appreciate it, but Oldboy eventually found a receptive audience on our side of the Pacific. The film made director Park Chan-wook a superstar at home (the film was the second installment in his Vengeance Trilogy ) and Choi Min-sik, the most popular Korean actor in the world.
Pros: Actors: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Director: Kim Jee-Woon, Format: Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Video Resolution: 1080p/24, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Audio Codec: Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English, English Narrative, English SDH, Spanish, Rated: Not Rated, Region: A, Discs: 1, Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment, DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011, Running Time: 142 Minutes, MSRP: $29.98, Extras: D...
Excerpt: Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, 2010’s I Saw The Devil begins when a pretty pregnant woman on her way to help out at an orphanage breaks down at the side of the road. She calls her fiance, a government agent named Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), who tells her to stay in her car and wait for the tow truck. She agrees but soon a kindly looking stranger, Kyung-chul (Choi Min-Sik), arrives offering to help.
Conclusion: I Saw the Devil is a very dark and very violent Korean film that blends style and substance quite well. Yet it isn't easy to recommend because the violence in it is indeed rather overwhelming. Take a look at some of the official trailers and teasers its distributors have released if you wish to see it but are not entirely sure what to expect from it. For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment's Blu-ray contains the uncut version of the film. RECOMMENDED.
Excerpt: The idea that revenge corrodes the soul of the avenger is an old theme in vigilante movies, perhaps because it’s the only moral route down an exceedingly dark path; otherwise, retribution and lawlessness rule the day. Korean director Park Chan-wook explored this theme thoroughly in a trilogy bookended by 2002’s Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and 2005’s Lady Vengeance , and epitomized by the 2003 cult smash Oldboy , a mega-revenge tale set to an operatic pitch.
Excerpt: After his beautiful fiancée Joo-yeon is savagely murdered, Soo-hyun sets out to find the killer and exact his revenge. Luckily for Soo-hyun, his fiancées dad is a detective, and even better – Soo-hyun has been working as a secret agent and has a history in the practical application of physical violence.