I Saw The Devil / Akmareul boatda / 악마를 보았다 (2010)
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Kim Ji-woon
Starring: Choi Min-sik, Lee Byung-hun
Duration: 144 min.
When his young wife is murdered by a serial killer, a secret agent instigates a campaign of torture and revenge against the man with the ultimate goal of making the killer finally discover what it truly means to be someone’s victim.
I Saw the Devil is the eighth film by accomplished South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon. It is an unflinchingly brutal and extremely violent revenge thriller, starring Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) and Lee Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life).
Both stars here deliver incredible performances. Choi as the terrifyingly demented and diabolical killer whose day job is driving a school bus for young girls. Genuinely one of most intense and scary on-screen villains I have ever seen. Lee as the bad-ass highly trained special agent bent on exacting twisted and torturous payback. As the story unfolds, the hunter slowly becomes the hunted, and the hero slowly becomes a monster.
I don't know why revenge is a theme so prevalent in South Korean cinema, but they sure have mastered it.