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Mnet Wide News 'I Saw the Devil' Poster Photoshoot BTS

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Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik virtuoso performance!

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If I'm not mistaken.. I think the official release of the movie is now August 11 (anyone with more info?). So.. these upcoming weeks we'll have lots of 'I Saw the Devil' promos, interviews, press conferences and premieres. Hope everyone can join with posting & sharing updates, etc. Merci! blush.gif

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July 21, 2010

Lee Byung-hun pic "I Saw The Devil" to open August 11

Reporter: Lynn Kim

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Official movie poster for "I Saw The Devil" [showbox]

Official posters for film "I Saw The Devil" has been unveiled as the pic gears up for its summer box office debut next month.

Film's distributor Showbox announced in a press release on Wednesday that the Lee Byung-hun starrer will hit local theaters on August 11 and released two official movie posters featuring Lee and Choi Min-sik.

With two of the country's top actors in the lead roles, the thriller pic is being lauded as one of the year's most anticipated movies.

"Devil" is helmed by noted filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, who has directed both actors in his previous films; Choi in "The Quiet Family" (1998), and Lee in "A Bittersweet Life" (2005) and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird "(2008).

Lee, 40, has long been considered one of the most popular actors in Korea with dozens of television dramas and films under his belt.

The actor enjoyed a particularly successful year in 2009, making his Hollywood debut in action flick "GI Joe" and co-starring with Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura in the film "I Come With The Rain."

Choi, 48, has starred in numerous films, most notably "Swiri" (1999), "Oldboy" (2003) and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005).

Reporter: Lynn Kim lynn2878 @ <Ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved> 10Asia

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July 23, 2010

Revenge: Choi Min Sik and Lee Byung Hun, battle of insanity

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I Saw a Devil will be released on August 11

July 23, 2010

Seoul, Korea – The movie I Saw a Devil, starring Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik, will be released on August 11.

I Saw a Devil tells the story of a showdown between a psychopathic serial killer, Jung Kyung Chul (played by Choi Min Sik), and a secret agent, Soo Hyun (played by Lee Byung Hun), who lost his fiancée because of Jung Kyung Chul and decides to get revenge.

This is Lee Byung Hun’s third project with director Kim Ji Woon after A Bittersweet Life (2005) and The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008). The production company has released two official posters featuring the confrontation between the two men.

I Saw a Devil was sold in advance to an international film distributor in the Cannes Film Market.

Source: JTN (Original article in Korean) Photo from JTN DB Translated by Sarah Lee / Korea.com

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July 23, 2010

I Saw the Devil release on August 11

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Director KIM Ji-woon’s highly anticipated new thriller I Saw the Devil has its summer release date set for August 11, as announced by the film’s distributor Showbox. KIM’s return to the noir-thriller style of his 2005 hit A Bittersweet Life stars top actor LEE Byeong-heon and leading thespian CHOI Min-sik (Old Boy).

Both actors have worked with KIM in previous films, LEE playing the villain in The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) and the embattled hero of A Bittersweet Life, while CHOI starred in KIM’s debut feature A Quiet Family (1998). I Saw the Devil also marks CHOI’s first return to mainstream filmmaking since his portrayal of a vicious killer in 2005’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

The new film has CHOI reprising the role of an extreme psychopath, who, when he makes the daughter of a retired police his latest victim, is tracked down by her fiancé, played by LEE, a secret agent whose scheme of vengeance is equally gruesome.

The film’s international sales rep FineCut has already made a slew of pre-sales deals including to the UK, France, Taiwan and Turkey.

Source: Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)

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26 July 2010

I Saw the Tale of Bittersweet Life Devil

Posted By: Jaccstev di // movie-cafe.com

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South Korean director Kim Ji-woon has an impressive record of successfully tackling a wide range of film genres, acquiring a cult following among Asian films fans all over the world. Started out directing theater, Kim is growing significantly both as a director and a visual stylist as confirmed by two of his most popular films: the intelligent psychological horror “A Tale of Two Sisters” and the noir-inflected “A Bittersweet Life”, both of which were received as critical and commercial successes. Kim is truly built a career that any director would envy. His storytelling ability is crisp, engrossing and often breathtaking, while his camera technique is as fluid as it is stylish. His latest film "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", which covers a sub-genre of Western films popularly known as “spaghetti westerns,” that was uncommon in Korean cinema, was also successful enough to spawned its own genre the 'Kimchi Western' and ranked number 2 at the Korean box office in 2008. As sleekly as a director like Kim can move around inside different genres—he can deliver tightly edited horror and action set-pieces with the best of them. And this year, we will witnessing how this favorite filmmaker sliding into dark crime thriller “I Saw the Devil” and he's brought two of the nation's biggest and most recognizable stars, Lee Byung-Hyun (A Bittersweet Life) and Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy), along for the crazy ride.

Lee, 40, has long been considered one of the most popular actors in Korea with dozens of television dramas and films under his belt. He is most famous for acting in Park Chan-wook's “Joint Security Area”, Kim's “A Bittersweet Life”, and enjoyed a particularly successful year in 2009, making his Hollywood debut in action flick "G.I. Joe" and co-starring with Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura in the film "I Come With The Rain". Meanwhile Choi, 48, has starred in numerous films, most notably "Shiri" (1999), "Oldboy" (2003) and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005). Along with Song Kang-Ho (The Host, Thirst), he is one of the premiere Korean actors both domestically and on the global scene. This film is Choi's first major role since returning from a self imposed exile begun in protest over changes to the Korean screen quota system and marks the duo's first time working together. Lee and Kim, however, go back now over several films and their collaborations have always been stellar. So, the combination alone already look so great, and “I Saw the Devil” looks like it could be a good one... maybe even a lot more than that.

movie1.gif Kyung-chul (Choi) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The police have pursued him for a long time, but have been unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and she is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance, Dae-hoon (Lee), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this inhumane killer.

# The original Korean title “Ayeoldae” (아열대) translates as “Subtropical Night” but the film has since been rechristened as “I Saw The Devil”, an appropriate choice as it stars Choi as a sadistic serial killer and Lee as a driven lawman who turns every bit as nasty while hunting Choi down after he kills Lee's fiance.

# Kim was set to helm the Hollywood remake of French heist pic "Max et les ferrailleurs" next, but has turned his attention to "Devil" due to production delays on the U.S. pic.

# Choi Min-Sik & director Kim Ji-woon previously worked together in the 1998 black-comedy film "The Quiet Family," while Lee Byung-Hun & Kim previously worked together in “A Bittersweet Life” and the 2008 action film "The Good, The Bad, The Weird."

Release date in South Korea: 2010/08/11

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Thanks to the highlight by ylin at EverythingLBH

Another two behind the scene and interview for "I Saw the Devil"

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TIFF TALK

TIFF announces 50 films starring awesome famous people who might come to Toronto

Today’s edition of TIFF celebrity stalking is a little meatier, as co-directors Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey announced 50 films (15 galas, 35 special presentations, including 25 world premieres) and the whackitude of celebrities associated with them. We’ve got two Friends (Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer), the Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel), the Mad Men man himself (Jon Hamm), Office favourite Rainn Wilson, the ever-intriguing Winona Ryder, plus Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and more. This year might just top 2009’s Oprah-Clooney juggernaut appearances. Too lazy to go through the list? The lowdown, after the jump.

Screen legends: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford, Helen Mirren, Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Woody Allen, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro

Hot hunks: Ryan Phillippe, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, James McAvoy, Jeremy Renner, Michael C. Hall, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Sam Worthington, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, Aaron Eckhart, Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Penn Badgley, Keanu Reeves, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds

Cool chicks: Malin Akerman, Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Brittany Snow, Elisabeth Shue, Marion Cottillard, Keira Knightley, Hilary Swank, Juliette Lewis, Minnie Driver, Sandra Oh, Freida Pinto, Michelle Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Bynes, Vera Farmiga

Fan favourites: Rainn Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Zach Galifanakis, Sarah Silverman

Galas

Casino Jack (Canada)

Director: George Hickenlooper

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Rachelle Lefevre, Jon Lovitz, Yannick Bisson

The Bang Bang Club (Canada/South Africa)

Director: Steven Silver

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch

Barney’s Version (Canada/Italy)

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman

Black Swan (U.S.)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder

The Conspirator (U.S.)

Director: Robert Redford

Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Alexis Bledel

Janie Jones (U.S.)

Director: David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Elisabeth Shue, Brittany Snow

Peep World (U.S.)

Director: Barry Blaustein

Starring: Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Silverman

The Town (U.S.)

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner

The Way (U.S.)

Director: Emilio Estevez

Starring: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger

The Debt (U.K.)

Director: John Madden

Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson

The King’s Speech (U.K.)

Director: Tom Hooper

Starring: Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth

West Is West (U.K.)

Director: Andy DeEmmony

Starring: Om Puri Vanessa Hehir, Jim Mistry

Little White Lies (France)

Director: Guillaume Canet

Starring: Marion Cottillard, Francois Cluzet, Gilles Lellouche

Potiche (France)

Director: Francois Ozon

Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve

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Director: San-soo Im

Starring: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee

Special Presentations

Another Year (U.K.)

Director: Mike Leigh

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville

Brighton Rock (U.K.)

Director: Rowan Joffe

Starring: Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Sam Riley

The Illusionist (U.K.)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

Starring: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin

Made in Dagenham (U.K.)

Director: Nigel Cole

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins

Never Let Me Go (U.K.)

Director: Mark Romanek

Starring: Carey Milligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley

Submarine (U.K.)

Director: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine

Tamara Drewe (U.K.)

Director: Stephen Frears

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam

The Trip (U.K.)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (U.S./U.K./Spain)

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto

Beginners (U.S.)

Director: Mike Mills

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent

Blue Valentine (U.S.)

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

Conviction (U.S.)

Director: Tony Goldwyn

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher

Easy A (U.S.)

Director: Will Gluck

Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson,

Penn Badgley

Henry’s Crime (U.S.)

Director: Malcolm Venville

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Judy Greer, Vera Farmiga

Jack Goes Boating (U.S.)

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (U.S.)

Director: Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowen

Starring: Zach Galifanakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham

Rabbit Hole (U.S.)

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh

Stone (U.S.)

Director: John Curran

Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich

Trust (U.S.)

Director: David Schwimmer

Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener

Miral (U.K./France/Israel)

Director: Julian Schnabel

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave

The Big Picture (France)

Director: Eric Lartigau

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Branka Katic

Love Crime (France)

Director: Alain Corneau

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Ludvine Sagnier

Yves Saint Laurent – L’Amour Fou (France)

Director: Pierre Thoretton

Starring: Yves Saint-Laurent (archival footage), Pierre Berge

A Screaming Man (France/Belgium/Chad)

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Starring: Emile Abossolo M’bo, Youssouf Djaoro

Outside the Law (France/Algeria/Tunisia/Italy/Belgium)

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Sami Bouajila

In a Better World (Denmark/Sweden)

Director: Susanne Bier

Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikael Persbrandt

Biutiful (Spain/Mexico)

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Starring: Javier Bardem

Buried (Spain/U.S.)

Director: Rodrigo Cortes

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Lope (Spain/Brazil)

Director: Andrucha Waddington

Starring: Sonia Braga, Leonor Watling

Cirkus Columbia (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Director: Danis Tanovic

Starring: Miki Manojlovic, Boris Ler

Dgobi Ghat (India)

Director: Kiran Rao

Starring: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar

That Girl in Yellow Boots (India)

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah

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Director: Kim Jee-woon

Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi

Norwegian Wood (Japan)

Director: Tran Anh Hung

Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken’ichi Matsuyama

The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Hong Kong)

Director: Andrew Lau

Starring: Donnie Yen, Qi Shu

Complete list of films on the TIFF site.

http://www.tiff.net/thefestival/press/pressreleases/2010/celebrated-actors-and-filmmakers-take-centre-stage-as-tiff-announces-stellar-lineup-of-galas-and-special-presentations

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September 9-19, 2010

Celebrated Actors And Filmmakers Take Centre Stage As TIFF Announces Stellar Lineup Of Galas And Special Presentations

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® rolls out the red carpet with a selection of 15 Galas and 35 Special Presentations for this year’s Festival, including 25 World Premieres. Taking place from September 9 to 19, this year’s Festival includes the world premieres of new films by Robert Redford, Michael Winterbottom, Guillaume Canet, John Cameron Mitchell, Kiran Rao, Mike Mills and Andrucha Waddington. Critically acclaimed filmmakers Woody Allen, Sylvain Chomet, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Tran Anh Hung, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mike Leigh, Julian Schnabel and Im Sang-Soo make their North American premieres in Toronto, and the Galas and Special Presentations announced today feature on-screen performances by Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Aamir Khan, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Clive Owen, Colin Firth, Juliette Lewis, James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Christopher Plummer, Natalie Portman, Om Puri, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan and Hilary Swank. Additional Gala and Special Presentation titles will follow in the coming weeks.

“On the occasion of our 35th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce this selection of important and notable films,” says Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The richness and diversity of this year’s Galas and Special Presentations programmes reflect the abundance of exciting works from established and emerging filmmakers in the world of cinema.”

“We are honoured that filmmakers choose our Festival to premiere their films to the world,” says Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “We look forward to introducing these films to Toronto audiences – the most informed and enthusiastic filmgoers in the world.”

The Festival’s Galas and Special Presentations programmes will feature premieres of films from countries around the world including Chad, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Galas

The Bang Bang Club Steven Silver, Canada/South Africa

World Premiere

Barney's Version Richard J. Lewis, Canada/Italy

North American Premiere

Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, USA

North American Premiere

Casino Jack George Hickenlooper, Canada

World Premiere

The Conspirator Robert Redford, USA

World Premiere

The Debt John Madden, USA

North American Premiere

The Housemaid Im Sang-Soo, South Korea

North American Premiere

In this erotic thriller, the housemaid of an upper-class family becomes entangled in a dangerous tryst. A satirical look at class structure, reminiscent of the work of Claude Chabrol, this sexy soap opera is a story of revenge and retribution.

Janie Jones David M. Rosenthal, USA

World Premiere

The King's Speech Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Australia

North American Premiere

Little White Lies Guillaume Canet, France

World Premiere

Peep World Barry Blaustein, USA

World Premiere

Potiche François Ozon, France

North American Premiere

The Town Ben Affleck, USA

North American Premiere

The Way Emilio Estevez, USA

World Premiere

West is West Andy De Emmony, United Kingdom

World Premiere

Special Presentations

Another Year Mike Leigh, United Kingdom

North American Premiere

Beginners Mike Mills, USA

World Premiere

The Big Picture Eric Lartigau, France

World Premiere

Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spain/Mexico

North American Premiere

Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, USA

Canadian Premiere

Brighton Rock Rowan Joffe, United Kingdom

World Premiere

Buried Rodrigo Cortés, Spain/USA

Canadian Premiere

Conviction Tony Goldwyn, USA

World Premiere

Cirkus Columbia Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Premiere

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Dhobi Ghat Kiran Rao, India

World Premiere

Easy A Will Gluck, USA

World Premiere

Henry's Crime Malcolm Venville, USA

World Premiere

The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet, United Kingdom

North American Premiere

In A Better World Susanne Bier, Denmark/Sweden

International Premiere

I Saw the Devil Kim Jee-woon, South Korea

North American Premiere

A hard-boiled thriller from Korean master Kim Jee-woon, I Saw the Devil is a tale of bloody vengeance against a dangerous psychopath who has committed a gruesome series of murders.

It's Kind of a Funny Story Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, USA

World Premiere

Jack Goes Boating Philip Seymour Hoffman, USA

International Premiere

L'Amour Fou Pierre Thoretton, France

World Premiere

The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Andrew Lau, Hong Kong

North American Premiere

Lope Andrucha Waddington, Brazil/Spain

World Premiere

Love Crime Alain Corneau, France

International Premiere

Made in Dagenham Nigel Cole, United Kingdom

World Premiere

Miral Julian Schnabel, United Kingdom/Israel/France

North American Premiere

Never Let Me Go Mark Romanek, United Kingdom

World Premiere

Norwegian Wood Tran Anh Hung, Japan

North American Premiere

Outside the Law Rachid Bouchareb, France/Algeria/Tunisia/Italy/Belgium

North American Premiere

Rabbit Hole John Cameron Mitchell, USA

World Premiere

A Screaming Man Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France/Belgium/Chad

North American Premiere

Stone John Curran, USA

World Premiere

Submarine Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom

World Premiere

That Girl in Yellow Boots Anurag Kashyap, India

North American Premiere

Tamara Drewe Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

North American Premiere

The Trip Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom

World Premiere

Trust David Schwimmer, USA

World Premiere

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Woody Allen, United Kingdom/USA/Spain

North American Premiere

Masters

Mysteries of Lisbon Raul Ruiz, Portugal/France

World Premiere

Source: tiff.net

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July 28, 2010

Korean pics "Housemaid," "Devil" invited to Toronto film fest

Reporter: Lucia Hong Editor: Jessica Kim

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Korean films "The Housemaid" and "I Saw the Devil" have been invited to this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada, according to the official website of the fest on Wednesday.

"Housemaid," about a young maid hired to work for a wealthy family, will be screened for the first time ever in North America under the Galas program of the fest. The category recognizes films that are noteworthy of winning awards and are making their world or North American premiere.

The officials from the festival explained that "Housemaid" takes a satirical look on class structure, comparing the picture to "La ceremonie" by famed French director Claude Chabrol.

Miro Vision, which handles the overseas distribution for "Housemaid," had recently closed a US distribution deal with IFC Films to release the film overseas sometime around the end of this year or early next year.

The pic, a remake of a 1960s classic erotic thriller by late director Kim Ki-young, premiered at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in May, where it also swept up six deals at its film market.

The modern adaptation helmed by Im Sang-soo, stars 2007 Cannes best actress award-winner Jeon Do-youn, Lee Jung-jae and veteran actress Yoon Yeo-jung.

Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been invited to the Canadian film event under the Special Presentations segment, where major films from famous directors are shown.

"Devil" is helmed by noted filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, whose previous movies include "A Bittersweet Life" (2005) and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" (2008), and stars top Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik.

The action thriller pic, which will premiere in local theaters on August 11, is about a secret agent (Lee) who plots revenge against a serial killer (Choi) who killed his fiancee.

The Toronto International Film Festival, a ten day event, is a non-competitive public film festival to run from September 9 to 19 this year.

Reporter: Lucia Hong luciahong @ Editor: Jessica Kim jesskim @ <Ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved> 10Asia

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July 30, 2010

Choi Min Sik debuting as Poducer of 'I Saw the Devil'

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July 29, 2010

"Maid" and "Saw The Devil" Invited To The Toronto International Film Festival

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Korean films are gaining more attention abroad with each passing year. Both of the films "Maid" and "Saw The Devil" will be included in this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie "Maid" -- which stars Jeon Do-hyun and was directed by Im Sang-soo -- is seeing it's second international event as it was also included in the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Seven separate distributors competed to win the right to show the film in North America. US-based IFC Films won the bid and there are high expectations for the movie to do well at the box office when it finally premieres. At the Toronto International Film Festival, "Maid" was invited to be shown in one of the main categories while "Saw The Devil" will be shown in the Special Presentation section. This will mark the first time the latter film, starring Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-shik, is shown in North America.

The Toronto International Film Festival will be running from September 9-19. This festival is considered to be within the top four film festivals in the world, along with the likes of the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice film festivals.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Kim Ji-Woon's upcoming film

Posted by Irene at 4:13 PM at genrecinemaeastasia.com

I Saw The Devil [악마를 보았다 (Akmaleul boatda)]

Kim Ji-Woon's new film, I Saw The Devil, is set to release in Korea on August 11th. If you guys are in Korea until then, you should check it out in theater.. Lee Byung-Hun (from the two Kim Ji-Woon films we've seen in class, A Bittersweet Life and The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Choi Min-Sik play the lead roles. While Lee Byung-Hun is widely known as 'Kim Ji-Woon's persona', Choi Min-Sik is famous for his roles in other revenge films such as Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (both are part of Director Park Chan-Wook's revenge trilogy). This is a thriller/revenge/crime film (Kim Ji-Woon's second work featuring the 'revenge' theme) so I thought it would be relevant to the course.

"When his fiancee is murdered by a serial killer, Suhyun (played by Lee Byung-Hun), a bodyguard working at the National Intelligence, suffers from his inability to protect his loved one and pledges himself to the most painful revenge possible. Having discovered that Jang Kyung-Chul (played by Choi Min-Sik) is the culprit, Suhyun begins a cycle of catching him, torturing him just enough so that he wouldn't die, and letting him go. But Kyung-Chul enjoys the appearance of Suhyun, the first equal opponent he's met, and plans to strike back..." (http://movie.naver.com/movie/bi/mi/basic.nhn?code=72408#story - translated by me)

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August 2, 2010

Choi Min-sik 5 years comeback, insane 36 hours of the ultimate experience

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Source: http://news.nate.com/view/20100802n07703

Kim Ji Woon, Jang Jin, Ryu Seung-wan .. the return of anticipated Directors

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Source: http://news.nate.com/view/20100802n16654

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August 2, 2010

Local film industry looks to violent films for rebound

Three violent local films set to open later this month are cracking knuckles and sharpening knives, aiming to drag their Hollywood competition into a bloody fight to reclaim some of the summer box office spoils.

First to challenge “Salt” and “Inception” at the box office is Won Bin’s blood soaked revenge thriller “The Man from Nowhere,” scheduled for an Aug. 4 release.

The ultra-violent picture directed by Lee Jung-beom has garnered plenty of publicity for its leading man shedding his squeaky-clean image in favor of a role as a merciless killer, hell bent on bringing terror upon the criminal underworld.

The following week, “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” writer-director Kim Ji-woon returns with “I Saw the Devil,” a violent yarn with revenge as its main theme.

Kim’s film, too, features Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun in the lead as a government special agent who goes on a personal vendetta against a serial killer accused of murdering his fiancée, played by method actor Choi Min-sik.

Finally, “Failan” and “Rikkidosan” director Song Hye-sung will look to break his streak of back to back box office failures with a film that has the proven pedigree to become the year’s biggest seller -- a remake of John Woo’s seminal gangster opus, “A Better Tomorrow.”

The local adaptation stars popular heartthrobs Ju Jin-mo, Song Seung-hun, Cho Han-sun, and Kim Gang-woo.

The unenviable tall order of filling in the role of Mark, originally played by the talismanic Chow Yun-fat, has fallen onto Song and has created plenty of Internet buzz, both positive and negative among fans of the original.

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Won Bin in a scene from “The Man from Nowhere.”

In all the three upcoming films, there’s no shortage of bare knuckle beat-downs and stabbings.

Excluding the “A Better Tomorrow” remake, the other two films have been stamped by the Korea Media Ratings Board with restrictions limiting the admissions to adults over 19 years of age.

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The cast of Song Hye-sung’s remake of John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow”

(clockwise from top left) Ju Jin-mo, Song Seung-hun, Cho Han-sun and Kim Gang-woo.

This is in stark contrast to last year when family-friendly fare like writer-director Yoon Jae-kyun’s tsunami disaster epic “Haeundae” and the feel good ski-jumping picture “Take Off” dominated the box office.

Yoon’s CGI destruction of Busan’s Haeundae beach garnered over 10 million admissions, while the inspiring tale of a rag-tag group of misfits that represent the South Korean ski-jumping team became a sleeper hit with just over 8.4 million tickets sold.

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Lee Byung-hun stars in writer-director Kim Ji-woon’s “I Saw the Devil.” Co-headlining the film

is veteran “Oldboy” actor Choi Min-sik.

Advance reviews of Won’s film had many a critic commenting on the graphic screen violence, with some giving negative marks for its attempt to shock audiences through gratuitous displays of blood and gore.

Early buzz for Kim Ji-woon’s “I Saw the Devil” has also mostly focused on the film’s violent content, with some industry insiders saying the screen violence trumps even “The Man from Nowhere,” where slicing open arteries, multiple stabbings, death by pick ax, gunshot, mutilation, and illegal organ harvesting made up all of the stomach churning sequences shown throughout the film.

Critics all across the board have brought attention to the lack of family friendly local films available, especially at a time of year when children and teens are out of school for summer break.

This isn’t to say children and teens have slim pickings at their local multiplex.

Pixar’s hotly anticipated “Toy Story 3” and the critically lambasted live action adaptation of “Sixth Sense” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” are rolling out nationwide on Aug. 19 -- both available also in 3-D.

The two current box office champs, “Inception” and “Salt” have had positive critical feedback in North America, but given that both films were given ratings of 12+ and 15+ by the Korea Media Ratings Board, the two films are largely expected to score well at the box office, even with competition from local films.

Since the runaway success of Na Hong-jin’s 2007 serial killer thriller “The Chaser,” there’s been a rush by local filmmakers to come out with their own violent films after seeing the box office potential of targeting adults.

Na’s film is still the biggest selling film of its kind with 5 million in ticket sales, but with Kang Woo-suk’s “Moss” pulling in good numbers currently at the box office and with a string of films aimed at adult audiences about to roll out, the local film industry might just rebound on the back of these blood soaked thrillers.

By Song Woong-ki (kws@heraldm.com)koreaherald.com

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