‘Saw the Devil’ updates
Disclaimer: Online translated gist by EverythingLBH
August 9, 2010
‘Devil’s extraordinary action was directed by instinct,’ Kim Ji Woon
Director Kim Ji Woon is once again presentating stylish action in his own unique way. If one is familiar with Dir. Kim’s past work, you will not miss his distinctive and trademark movie-making style of showcasing engaging personalities and characters, sensuous visual fidelity, reinterpretation of the genre, sensible yet stylish elements that co-exist with the stunning action choreography. From the 2005 critically-acclaimed ‘A Bittersweet Life’ to the 2008 blockbuster ‘The Good, The Bad, The Weird’ and the soon to be released ‘I Saw the Devil’ Director Kim Ji Woon directed the visually-spectacular action and maximizing the main character’s personality with emotional intensity, clearly drawing the powerful expression all through the thriller feature.
August 2, 2010
I Saw the Devil and The Housemaid invited to Toronto
Two Korean features have been invited to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The fest, which has yet to announce its full line-up, will present Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil and the North American premiere of Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid during its run September 9 – 19.
I Saw the Devil, which has its Korean release August 11, will screen in TIFF’s Special Presentations section – a program devoted to major films from renowned directors. Director Kim is one of Korea’s top three genre masters with previous films, the Manchuria-set “kimchi” western The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) and noirish-mafia-thriller A Bittersweet Life (2005) winning critical acclaim and broad festival play. Actor Lee Byung-hun, who starred in KIM’s last two films, takes the lead, playing a secret agent who plans gruesome revenge on a vicious serial killer, played by Choi Min-sik.
The Housemaid, an erotic-thriller, is a remake of the 1960 Kim Ki-young classic. The 2010 version had its world premiere in competition at Cannes and stars former Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon. TIFF officials explained that The Housemaid takes a satirical look on class structure, comparing the picture to La Ceremonie by famed French director Claude Chabrol. Korean production company and sales agent Mirovision recently signed a deal with IFC for multi-platform distribution in North America.
Credits: Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)
August 6, 2010
I Saw the Devil release delayed
Kim Ji-woon’s latest noir-thriller I Saw the Devil has seen just that in the form of the Korea Media Rating Board, having received a “restricted” rating, effectively banning the film, following a wrangle over problematic scenes.
The film’s production company Peppermint and Co. resubmitted the film recently after a month of re-editing in the hopes of receiving an 18+ rating. The Rating Board’s decision to re-apply the “restricted” rating resulted in the cancellation of the film’s press screening last Thursday. The thriller was originally slated for a wide release August 11.
Kim Hyun-woo, the film’s producer, defended the artistic integrity of the movie, saying it portrayed revenge from the eyes of the victim and was deliberately realistic. The Board argued that the scenes in question “severely damaged the dignity of human values.”
A “restricted” rating in Korea means the film is only eligible for limited screenings in special theaters which exclusively program adult films. As no such theaters exist in Korea, the film is effectively banned. Advertising and marketing “restricted” films are also banned.
The commercial thriller, distributed by Showbox, will have no choice but to compromise and make further cuts. The film stars top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun as a secret agent who hunts down and exacts gruesome revenge on the psychopath (played by veteran thesp Choi Min-shik) who killed his fiancé.
Credits: Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)