I Saw the Devil in Indie Wire Best 2011 films

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June 22, 2011

I Saw the Devil in Indie Wire Best 2011 films
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The Best Films Of 2011…So Far

Full article and list by Johan at indiewire.com

I Saw the Devil”—At what point does justice turn to revenge? And when does that revenge mutate into something even more sinister? These are the questions asked by director Kim Jee-woon in his epic, violent, ugly and bleakly funny “I Saw the Devil,” yet another astounding entry from a South Korean cinematic scene that is producing some of the most breathtaking genre films these days. When a police officer’s (Kim Soo-heyon) pregnant fiance becomes the latest victim of a vicious serial killer (Choi Min-sik from “Oldboy” in a memorably deranged performance), his pursuit to bring him in turns into a battle of wills that leaves a trail of bodies and blood in its wake. Running nearly two-and-a-half hours long, director Kim Jee-woon (“The Good the Bad and the Weird”) not only allows his film to simmer into a searing boil, he unfolds a story that with each moment unveils a new unexpected twist or surprise turn that feels utterly organic in the universe for his characters, whose notions of good and bad are not just tested, but tossed out the window completely. “I Saw the Devil” doesn’t just present evil, it makes the disturbing case that, one can easily slip into madness themselves when a confronted the darkest, most horrific depths of depraved humanity. Graphic but not gratuitous, Kim makes every drop of blood count and while those moments will make your stomach churn and skin crawl, it’s the ramifications of violence and vengeance that offers up the biggest scares of them all.

Indie Wire lists “I Saw the Devil” as “The Best Films in 2011.. So Far”
Reporter: Lucia Hong luciahong @ Editor: Jessica Kim jesskim @ <ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved>Popular daily independent movie website Indie Wire has listed Korean thriller “I Saw the Devil” as one of the best films so far this year.

Indie Wire’s official website said Thursday that “I Saw the Devil,” which opened in North America theaters on March 3, is one of the runner-ups for “The Best Films in 2011…So Far” list amongst 10 other movies including “Hanna,” “Win Win,” “Bill Cunningham New York,” “Submarine,” “Super 8,” “Midnight Paris,” “The Trip” and “Certified Copy.”

They followed behing the website’s five top choices, namely “The Tree of Life,” “Jane Eyre,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Bridesmaids” and “Beginners.”

The article noted that “I Saw the Devil” director Kim Jee-hoon “makes every drop of blood count and while those moments will make your stomach churn and skin crawl, it’s the ramifications of violence and vengeance that offers up the biggest scares of them all.”

Since opening in local theaters on August 12 last year, “I Saw the Devil,” which stars Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik, has brought in over 1.8 million moviegoers nationwide and has won a number of accolades from various international film festivals such as in Germany, Spain and France.

Most recently, Lee attended a red carpet event in Singapore for the thriller, while it is set for release in the country this September.

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