“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, Firstshowing.net
“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, BloodyDisgusting.com
“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.