Archive for February, 2011

“ONE FANTASTICALLY HYPNOTIC MOVIE. I Saw the Devil cements KIM Jee-woon’s place among the (young) modern masters. It may be the most hypnotic serial killer story since The Silence of the Lambs, and it’s CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS I’VE SEEN IN A FEW YEARS.”
— Scott Weinberg, Fearnet

“An unflinching gaze into the heart of pure evil and a perverse genre entertainment par excellence. It takes the serial-killer thriller as far into the realm of pulse-pounding mayhem as it has ever gone. Fans of hardcore Asian action and horror will simply eat it up.”
— Rob Nelson, Variety
“9.5 out of 10. A hugely entertaining thriller. This is filmmaking on a whole new level. A masterpiece.”
— Jacob Hall, CHUD
“9 out of 10. Nothing short of staggering. A cool, confident, and sometimes stunningly beautiful film.”
— Jeremy Kirk,
“ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, it transcends the police procedural, pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in ways that will surprise and thrill fans of the genre.”
— Mr. Disgusting,
“Damned if it isn’t riveting from the word ‘go’.”
— Noel Murray, The Onion

Synopsis: 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 fiancee of elite special agent Dae-hoon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s LEE Byung-hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Dae-hoon decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind.

The lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, KIM Jee-woon brilliantly transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.

‘A Good Husband’ is in Los Angeles one more week! Please do not miss a chance to meet A Good Husband.

“This movie upholds the rich humanist tradition of Japanese cinema.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“It is a great joy and excitement to have my film ‘ A Good Husband’ open in the United States. When the film opened in Japan, the audience shed their tears after finding out the speical secret the couple, who has been married for 10 years, shares in the story. Make sure to find out what this special secret is at the theater. You will be surprised. I am sure that this film brings comedy and mystery to American audience. I am looking forward to seeing you on the screen.” – Director Isao Yukisada

Movie review: ‘A Good Husband’

The cast is a formidable ensemble, with Toyokawa, as a man grappling with regret and longing, and the veteran Ishibashi, expressing Bunta’s inner strength.

Isao Yukisada’s bittersweet love story “A Good Husband” upholds the rich humanist tradition of Japanese cinema. Adapted for the screen by Chihiro Ito from Mayumi Nakatani’s novel, it employs a daring sleight of hand in its storytelling and allows some acclaimed actors to soar in complex roles.

Kitami (Etushi Toyokawa) is a gifted photographer who has fallen into a querulous relationship with his wife, Sakura (Hiroko Yakushimaru), who is desperate to have a child. Last year, Sakura persuaded Kitami to vacation in Okinawa over Christmas, but this year he flatly refuses to go.

We then meet aspiring actress Ranko (Asami Mizukawa), who will do anything to get Kitami to shoot the picture that will help make her a movie star; Kitami’s assistant, Makoto (Gaku Hamada), who tries to find him work; Bunta (Renji Ishibashi), a dignified sixtysomething transvestite and a devoted family retainer; and Nishida (Yu Shirota), one of Sakura’s students.

Time spent with these characters threatens to become tedious and digressive — until, in a surprising flashback, Yukisada reveals what happened in Okinawa the year before. The audience then sees Kitami and the people in his life from an entirely different perspective.

The cast becomes a formidable ensemble, with Toyokawa, as a man grappling with regret and longing, and the veteran Ishibashi, expressing Bunta’s inner strength, emerging as highly impressive and resourceful actors.

“A Good Husband.” No MPAA rating. In Japanese with English subtitles. Running time: 2 hours, 11 minutes. At the MPark 4, Los Angeles.

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