Psychopathic killer Kyung-chul fondling his au naturel victim’s arms:
Your skin is so soft. Looks like it’ll be easy.
Bleeding, battered young woman Joo-yeo: Please don’t kill me.
Kyung-chul: Why not?
Joo-yeo cries: I’m pregnant. Please, let me live.
Kyung-chul pauses for a second, lifts his hand high and brings the knife down swiftly, brutally chopping off Joo-yeo’s hands, head, ear and hacking the girl to pieces.
– Just one of many chilling scenes from I Saw the Devil
To all you retarded SOBs that dare tell us, even if only every once in a while, that Indians too make good movies, we say to all ye putzheads: Watch South Korean film-maker Kim Ji-woon’s movies.
And soon you’ll all be looking for long ropes that can withstand your bloated
Since a lot of Indian movie buffs are ignoramuses who think the world begins with Bollywood’s ‘Ready‘ criminal Salman Khan and ends with the Kollywood ‘Kaavalan‘ Vijay, some education is in order.
Kim Ji-woon is a 47-year-old film-director and screenplay writer, deservedly acclaimed for the high quality of his movies.
The Korean director has developed a rather boring, predictable record of picking up awards/nominations galore each time he puts out a movie.
A few months back, we watched his The Good, the Bad and the Weird and relished it a lot.
So, we were more than eager to watch his latest movie I Saw the Devil, reports of gory, chilling violence notwithstanding.
I Saw the Devil has recently made it to Netflix in both DVD and Instant Play formats, which means you can watch it on your PC, laptop, iPad or on TV with a Roku-like device (on an iPad 2, I Saw the Devil looks stunning).
So, the other day we fixed ourselves a large drink and sat down to see I Saw the Devil:
‘Damn Bitches in the world are always against me’ – Kyung-chul
I Saw the Devil – Stop, Pussies
Let’s caution you right now: I Saw the Devil is not for the pussies and all ye faint-hearted, lily-livered poltroons.
There’s an orgy of violence in the movie, much of it of the blood-curdling and occasionally sickening variety.
After all, this is a movie about a relentless fight till the end between a cop bent on revenge and a sadistic, psychopathic serial killer who just can’t stop his brutal killing and raping.
But beneath the patina of chilling violence and the motive of revenge driving it, there’s a lot to like about I Saw the Devil.
* The story (written by Park Hoon-jung) is extremely compelling. After a young woman is killed, her police officer fiancee launches a monomaniacal hunt to identify the psychopathic killer and make the perpetrator pay a heavy price for the death of his girl-friend. With a grim, unsmiling countenance the police officer mounts a revenge quest that has some horrifying, unanticipated consequences.
* The photography is bewitching. Cinematographer Lee Mo-gae has done an amazing job of capturing not merely the violence, but the terror, the hatred, the puzzling behavior and revenge driving the violence of the two main characters. Often, the photography in a movie fails to tell a convincing story, leaving the burden entirely on the dialogs. But in I Saw the Devil, the photography (through dexterous use of lighting) creates magic and works in tandem with the dialogs. A rara avis.
* The acting, particularly by Choi Min-sik, who plays the psychopathic, sadistic killer Kyung-chul, is brilliant. Choi Min-sik’s performance in a strongly negative role reminded us of Heath Ledger’s swan song in the Dark Knight. Lee Byung-hun, who plays the police officer Soo-hyun does a fine job too.
Movie makers often forget that the film business is at the end of the day about powerful images, a gripping story and solid acting. A lot of directors can’t be bothered to pay attention to any of the elements and many of them do not even try to coax some acting from their actors.
It’s to Kim Ji-woon’s credit that he dazzles on all three counts in I Saw the Devil.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends this remarkable Korean film I Saw the Devil.