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May 31, 2010
Optimum picks up ‘Devil’ for UK
Kim Jee-woon thriller also picked up for France, Turkey
By Park Soo-mee
SEOUL – “I Saw the Devil,” the director Kim Jee-woon’s highly-anticipated thriller currently in production, was picked up by U.K. distributor Optimum Releasing during the Cannes Market, according to a Seoul-based sales company Finecut.
The U.K. film company has previously handled Korean films including “The Host” and “Chaw.”
“Kim Jee-woon’s beautifully crafted footage crept into our subconscious like a dark force,” said Berenice Fugard, the head of acquisitions at Optimum Releasing. “We’re sure he will deliver one of the most exquisite, disquieting films for a long time.”
Aside from the U.K. deal, the film was also picked up by ARP for French-speaking territories, Catchplay for Taiwan and Bir Film for Turkey, which distributed “A Tale of Two Sisters,” Kim’s earlier film.
“I Saw the Devil” is a hard-boiled thriller about a top secret agent whose fiancée was murdered by a serial killer. The twisted revenge story between two men will be played by a veteran ensemble of Lee Byung-hun (“A Bittersweet Life”) and Choi Min-sik (“OldBoy”). The film is scheduled to be released in the summer.