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August 23, 2010

Weekend Box Office: August 20-22

Reporter: Lucia Hong

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South Korea's box office estimates for the weekend of August 20-22, 2010 [Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS)]

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"The Man From Nowhere" hangs onto No. 1 spot

Reporter: Lucia Hong Editor: Jessica Kim

Korean action pic "The Man From Nowhere" held onto to its title as the No. 1 movie in the country for the third straight week between August 20 to 22. According to the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Man" attracted 640,755 moviegoers over the weekend, bringing its total gross to almost 26.8 billion won since opening in local theaters on August 4.

"Man," starring Korean actor Won Bin and child actress Kim Sae-ron, is about Tae-shik (Won Bin) who isolated himself from the world and leads a lonely life until he the girl next door named So-mi (Kim) . When he finds out that So-mi and her mother are kidnapped, Tae-shik goes on a hunt to find his new friend.

Meanwhile, M. Night Shyamalan's latest fantasy flick "The Last Airbender" entered the local box office charts in second place with 621,701 viewers, while Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil," starring Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik, dropped one spot to No. 3 with 283,439 admissions.

Hollywood film "Inception" also slipped one slot from the previous weekend selling 262,013 tickets and Sylvester Stallone's action movie "The Expendables" entered the charts in fifth place with 189,239 admits. Other movies in the top 10 included "Toy Story 3," "Ghost House," "Salt," "Magic Chunja" and "Step Up 3-D."

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

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August 20, 2010

Cazals' 'Chicogrande' to open San Sebastian Fest

Four films added to official competition lineup

By Pamela Rolfe

MADRID -- Mexican director Felipe Cazals' historical "Chicogrande" will premiere internationally when it opens the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, festival organizers announced Friday as they added three other films to the official competition lineup. "Chicogrande" uses the Mexican revolution as the backdrop for his frontier western/adventure movie that centers on the U.S.'s "Punitive Expedition" to punish Pancho Villa in what was to be the last major campaign of the U.S. Calvary.

Two love stories -- China's "Addicted to Love," directed by Liu Hao, and Germany-Swiss "Colors in the Dark," directed by Sophie Heldman, will also vie for the Golden Shell at Spain's top film festival next month, along with South Korean Kim Je-Woon's thriller "I Saw the Devil."

The festival, which has already announced 11 films to compete for the top prize, said it would add more titles before the festival runs Sept. 17-25 in Spain's northern Basque region.

Source: thehollywoodreporter.com / news.nate.com

August 20, 2010

"Chicogrande", by Felipe Cazals, opening film of San Sebastian Film Festival 58th Edition

''Addicted to Love'', by Liu Hao, ''I Saw the Devil'', by KIM JEE-WOON and ''Colours in the Dark'', directorial debut from Sophie Heldman, will also compete in the Official Selection.

Chicogrande, by Felipe Cazals, one of Mexican cinema’s biggest names in directors, is a historical film with touches of frontier western, adventure movie and socio-political criticism. Chicogrande kicks off with a true occurrence: Pancho Villa’s invasion of Columbus, in New Mexico, and the subsequent punishment expedition launched by US troops in an attempt to put an end to the rebel leader. Headlining the cast is Damián Alcázar, one of the most popular actors in his country also recognised internationally.

Felipe Cazals has participated in several international festivals, obtaining numerous prestigious awards over his long career. In 1976, his film Canoa garnered the Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale. That same year, he competed in the Official Selection at San Sebastian Festival with El apando and later, with Lo del César, in 1987. In 1985 he carried off the Silver Shell with Los Motivos de Luz and, in 1989, sat on the Festival’s Official Jury.

In addition to the previously announced Genpin, by Naomi Kawase, Asian cinema will be represented by Addicted to Love, third film from the Chinese director Liu Hao, whose first work, Chen Mo and Meiting, landed a Special Mention as a new director at the Berlin Festival in 2002, and by Akma-reul Bo-at-da / I Saw the Devil, from the internationally recognised Korean director, KIM JEE-WOON. This director participated in the Official Selection at Cannes with A Bittersweet Life (2005) and The Good, The Bad and the Weird (2008). His long career includes other titles like The Foul King (2000) and A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).

Satte Farben vor Schwarz (Colours in the Dark), directorial debut from the German filmmaker Sophie Heldmann, starring Bruno Ganz and Senta Berger, tells how a couple who have spent the last 50 years together deal with his terminal illness. This film will also contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award. These titles add their names to those previously announced by the Festival for its Official Selection. The films completing the Official Selection will be announced shortly.

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CHICOGRANDE (COMPETITION OPENING FILM)

Mexico

ADDICTED TO LOVE

China

AKMA-REUL BO-AT-DA (I SAW THE DEVIL)

South Korea

Director: KIM JEE-WOON

Cast: LEE BYUNG-HUN, CHOI MIN-SIK

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Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even begin to imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have been chasing him for a long time, but unable to catch him. One day, Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief, becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiancé Soo-hyun, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He vows to 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 the monstrous and inhumane killer.

SATTE FARBEN VOR SCHWARZ (COLOURS IN THE DARK)

Germany-Switzerland

Source: sansebastianfestival.com

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August 23, 2010

Korean Films Invited To International Film Festivals

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It's been confirmed! Two Korean films were invited to two big international film festivals this year!

The film, "The Invincible", starring some of the top Korean actors -- Joo Jin-mo, Song Seung-heon, Kim Gang-woo, and Cho Han-seok -- has been officially invited to the Venice International Film Festival. This is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and the Korean project will be proudly shown on September 2 at 10 PM (local time) for this year's 67th run (September 1-11).

The story is about two brothers who were separated and later meet as a cop and the leader of a drug and human trafficking gang. The action flick hits theatres in Korea on September 16th.

The film is a remake of "A Hero's True Colors", directed by Oh Woo-sam. Oh was named this year's winner of the Venice International Film Festival's Life-Time Achievement Award. Thus "The Invincible" was invited as a retrospective on Oh's earlier piece.

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As if that wasn't enough, it's also been confirmed that "I Saw The Devil" (directed by Kim Ji-woon) was not only invited to the Toronto International Film Festival, but to the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival being held in Spain this year.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival is the biggest Spanish film festival and will be held from September 17-25th. The various award sections include the Gold Shell (given to the best project), Silver Shell (one given for best director, best starring actor, and the best starring actress), Judge's Pick, and the Filming Award.

Source: KBS Global

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August 20, 2010

Lee ByungHun & Im SooJung grace the cover of fashion magazine

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Top Korean actor Lee Byung Hun and actress Im Soo Jung graced the cover of the fashion magazine Bazaar Korea in their role as Cinema Angels.

The Cinema Angel Project is a small foundation set up by actors and actresses who sought a way to promote balanced development of Korea’s film industry. It been working with Bazaar every year.

The featured actors for this year’s Cinema Angel Project are Lee Byung Hun, of I Saw the Devil fame, and Im Soo Jung, who will be on the tube later this year in First Love. The two have yet to share a scene in film or on a TV series, but both were quick to agree to the project. They were eager to join the effort, saying, “We were seeking such an opportunity to help. It is something we have wanted to do as actors here in Korea.”

Lee and Im showed their professional side at the photo shoot and were also amiable and agreeable, making the atmosphere on the set a great place to work for all involved.

The year 2010 marks the fourth year of the Cinema Angel Project. Sponsored by Burberry, all proceeds will be given to the Cinema Angel Foundation with Lee, Im, and Bazaar’s stamp on them.

Cinema Angel Foundation has in the past supported Korean indie films that were unable to open in theaters because of financial and situational deficiencies, which have been a real setback for the Korean film industry.

Lee Byung Hun and Im Soo Jung’s angelic appearance and interviews will appear in the September issue of Bazaar.

By Kyung Jin Cheon / idsoft3@reviewstar.net Source: Review Star (Original article in Korean) Photo from ReviewStar DB Translated by Abe Jung / Korea.com

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KOREAN CINEMA TODAY

I SAW THE DEVIL

CLASH OF FIRE-LIKE MADNESS AND ICE-LIKE LUNACY

By HAN Sunhee (August 10, 2010)

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According to director KIM Jee-woon, I Saw the Devil is “a film that talks of a clash between fire-like madness and ice-like lunacy.” Directing a total of five feature films starting from The Quiet Family to The Good, The Bad, The Weird, KIM had each time challenged himself to a different genre. Now for his sixth film, he has chosen a cold-blooded thriller. The screenplay written by PARK Hun-jeong, who also wrote The Unjust and directed The Showdown, was first suggested to KIM Jee-woon through actor CHOI Min-sik (Old Boy). The rumor had spread fast it will be the most horrible and cruel story in Korean film history as far as ‘violence’ goes. As it was announced that the leading role will be played by CHOI Min-sik and LEE Byung-hun, the film instantly drew much attention from in and out of the country.

‘Fire-like madness’ from the film is the serial killer Gyeongcheol played by CHOI Min-sik, while ‘ice-like lunacy’ is Su-hyeon, National Intelligence Service agent played by LEE Byung-hun. Gyeong-cheol brutally assaults Su-hyeon’s fiancé and dismembers her body. From rage and despair of failing to protect his own lover, Su-hyeon decides to get back at Gyeongcheol. Roving around Seoul and Gyeonggi-do in search of his enemy, Su-heyon feels he will not be satisfied with simply taking Gyeong-cheol’s life. He wishes to return the fear and pain his fiancé had to go through in the cruelest and most persistent way. On their first encounter, Su-hyeon warns Gyeong-cheol, “Remember, it will only get worse.” Gyeongcheol replies, “That’s interesting. Bring it on.”

While KIM Jee-woon’s previous films had focused more on the genre-specific styles rather than the characters, I Saw the Devil is expected to be a movie with outstanding powers of the actors that form an extreme contrast. CHOI Min-sik who announced his name to the world with Old Boy, had not appeared in any large scale mainstream commercial films for the last 5 years since he performed in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Having worked with CHOI 12 years ago in The Quiet Family, KIM Jee-woon praises CHOI as “the best actor to act a character like fire.” In the new movie, CHOI Min-sik is prepared to become a devil wearing a human mask. Known as ‘KIM Jee-woon’s persona’ for his performance in A Bittersweet Life and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, LEE Byung-hun acts an emotional and delicate man who’s grieving his dead lover but who’s at the same time a cold-hearted person putting down his anger and rage to fight against the evil.

There are many films of violence and revenge, but I Saw the Devil differentiates itself from other common stories of paybacks. In this film, revenge does not mean the victim moving towards the simple goal of finishing the perpetrator’s life. In order to return the pain he had received, Su-hyeon controls his emotions and repeats clasping and letting go of the opponent. Instead of avoiding Su-hyeon’s attacks, Gyeongcheol enjoys the situation and faces him squarely, and in that sense I Saw the Devil keeps up the tension through steady confrontation. The director describes the film religious as the evil is punished, and a story of suffering as it shows the pain of a man.

With its provocative and cruel expressions, perhaps I Saw the Devil will add its title to the ‘Korean Extreme’ list by overseas audiences. However ethical questions may be asked on whether such extreme punishment shown in the movie is in fact correct. To them CHOI Min-sik answers. “What is violence to humans? How is it expressed cinematically? Such points will entertain our audiences.”

Credits: cinematoday

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August 20, 2010

'Chicogrande' to open San Sebastian

Kim's 'Devil' joins fest's competish section

By JOHN HOPEWELL, EMILIO MAYORGA

MADRID -- Mexican helmer Felipe Cazals' "Chicogrande" will open the 58th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Part of Mexico's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, "Chicogrande" is set against Pancho Villa's unexpected 1916 raid on New Columbus, N.M. outpost, and U.S. Gen. Pershing's punitive expedition into Mexico to punish Villa, a divisive figure whom some regard as one of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution and others as an unprincipled cattle thief.

Cazals' latest film, which plays in competition, follows on the Canana-produced omnibus feature "Revolucion," first seen at Berlin, which offers bracingly revisionist takes on the Revolution.

The biggest film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian has also added three more films to its main competition: "I Saw the Devil," Liu Hao's "Addicted to Love" and Sophie Heldman's "Colors in the Dark."

A hard-boiled thriller, "Devil" is directed by South Korea's Kim Jee-woon ("A Bittersweet Life"), whose rambunctious spaghetti Western-style "The Good the Bad and the Weird"was a hit at Cannes 2008, establishing Kim as one of Asia's most sought-after helmers.

Both "Addicted" and "Dark" are, curiously, films from young helmers -- Shanghai-born Liu, who won a following with "Two Great Sheep" and "Chen Mo and Meiting," is still only 40, "Dark" is Heldman's first feature. Both pics turn on a growing obsession for the baby boomers: later years' love.

"Addicted" has a retired worker attempting to reignite his first love with a woman who now suffers from Alzheimer's; "Dark" toplines Senta Berger ("Cross of Iron") and German New Wave stalwart Bruno Ganz as loving but aging and suicidal spouses.

Fest runs Sept. 17-25.

Source: variety.com

August 24, 2010

"I Saw the Devil" invited to compete at San Sebastian film fest

Reporter: Lucia Hong Editor: Jessica Kim

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Movie poster of thriller "I Saw the Devil" [showbox]

Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been invited to compete under the Official Selection category at the 58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival next month, according to official website of the fest on Tuesday.

"Devil," helmed by famed Korean director Kim Jee-woon, will be competing against 16 other movies by internationally recognized directors for the Golden Shell and Silver Shell awards at the fest to be held at San Sebastian, Spain from September 17 to 25.

The award is approved officially by the International Federation of Film Producers Association, an organization composed with 31 members from 25 of the leading audiovisual production countries, for best cinematography and screenplay.

Critically acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho previously won the Golden Shell award for his 2003 film "Memories of Murder," starring top Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung.

While director Kim Jee-woon has attended numerous film festivals for his works such as "A Bittersweet Life" and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," this will be the first time attending the Spanish film event.

"Devil," starring Lee Byung-hun who plays a secret agent who plots revenge against a serial killer played by Choi Min-sik, has garnered much attention from both fans in Korea and overseas. Since opening in local theaters on August 12, the pic has attracted over 1.2 million moviegoers which amounts to a gross of about 9.3 billion Korean won.

The films was pre-sold to France, England Taiwan and Turkey during the Cannes film market in May and has also been invited to this year's Toronto International Film Festival under the Special Presentations category, which recognizes major films from famous directors.

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

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Thanks to kate at EverythingLBH for the info-higlight

The film schedule is out for the Toronto International film Festival at www.tiff.net

I SAW THE DEVIL is being shown 3 times.

1. 8pm Tuesday September 14 @ The Winter Garden Theatre

2. 445pm Wednesday September 15 @ The Isabel Bader Theatre

3. 530pm Thursday September 16 @ Scotiabank Theatre 2

Check website for other details.

Hope this is of some help.

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Source: news.nate.com

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August 27, 2010

Violent films raise alarms

Experts are concerned that recent releases could encourage copycat crimes

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Blades and guns are a thing of the past. Nail guns and guillotines are now the weapons of choice in the latest trend among local filmmakers, who are inventing characters that are increasingly cruel and producing films that are ever more bloody in nature. But this tendency has some experts worried that the excessive depictions of violence will encourage copycat crimes.

As of Wednesday, the film “Ajeossi” (“The Man from Nowhere”) has topped box office attendance records for four weeks, and “I Saw the Devil” has been at No. 3 for the first three weeks since its release Aug. 12, according to Korean Film Council, the nation’s film governing body.

Both films depict violent scenes that are extremely graphic and very realistic. In Ajeossi, traffickers extract human organs from people who are still alive and the protagonist uses a huge nail gun to kill the villain. But Ajeossi is less bloody than I Saw the Devil, which was rejected twice by the Korea Media Rating Board before its premiere because some scenes “undermine human dignity.”

I Saw the Devil received the green light from the board after producers agreed to delete 90 seconds from one of the more violent scenes, but the film has continued to be controversial. The main characters - a psychopath who derives sexual pleasure from killing women and a National Intelligence Service guard who tortures the psychopath to avenge the death of his fiancee who was killed by the man - exhibit all types of brutality. In one scene, the guard (played by Lee Byung-hun) pierces the cheek of the psychopath (played by Choi Min-sik) using a screwdriver, in another scene, the guard cuts off the psychopath’s Achilles tendon.

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Films such as ‘Ajeossi’ (‘The Man from Nowhere’), top, and ‘I Saw the Devil’ have drawn criticism

for their excessive depictions of violence. Provided by CJ Entertainment and Peppermint and Company

The film is so difficult to watch that many netizens have put posts on their blogs saying they couldn’t watch the whole thing. “I enjoy films like [the 2004 horror film] ‘Saw,’ but this film was way different from those,” said Kim Eun-jin, 26, who teaches at a private institute in Seoul. “After I saw it, it was hard for me to go out alone at night for about a week.”

At a recent press conference, the film’s director Kim Ji-woon and leading actors Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun refuted concerns about the film’s brutality. “Films reflect our society,” said Kim when asked whether he thought the film would encourage copycat crimes. “On the contrary, I think film hasn’t yet caught up with the violence of today.”

Said Choi: “It’s good to talk openly about violence as long as it exists in our society.” Some experts, however, feel that such films have inspired people to commit crimes, though there is conflicting research on the subject.

Kim Kil-tae, who raped and murdered a middle school girl in Busan in April, sprinkled lime powder on her corpse in an attempt to destroy evidence. A similar scene appeared in the 2002 film “Public Enemy.” “Not everyone mimics the violence they’ve seen in films, but violent films certainly affect children, teenagers and people who don’t know the difference between right and wrong,” said Lee Su-jeong, a professor of criminal psychology at Kyonggi University. “Since children are educated to follow the example set by adults, these violent films provide bad role models.”

Sim Young-seop, a film critic who runs the Healing Cinema Center in Seoul, agrees.

“‘I Saw the Devil’ could traumatize even ordinary people,” Sim said. “One thing I can say for sure is that Korean films are becoming more violent and extreme.”

By Sung So-young [so@joongang.co.kr] joongangdaily.com

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Anyone knows if Lee Byung Hun will attent to San Sebastian Film Festival?

I hope yes ^^

thanks a lot!!

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Anyone knows if Lee Byung Hun will attent to San Sebastian Film Festival?

I hope yes ^^

thanks a lot!!

Hi froditobolson, can't really say for sure if the 'I Saw the Devil' team will be attending the San Sebastian film festival. Right now, it's probably a 50-50 chance either way. But we'll try to post updates at the thread when and if we have any new info to share. Personally, I hope he'll be there but we really have no idea, to say anything definite. Hope this helps a little and still hoping for the best. blush.gif

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August 27, 2010

I Saw the Devil released in theaters

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After weeks of wrangling with the Korea Media Rating Board (KMDB), Kim Jee-woon thriller, I Saw the Devil was able to secure a theatrical release on August 12, after making seven cuts totaling 80 seconds of footage. The “Restricted” rating which would have effectively banned the film from theatrical release and prohibited any promotion or advertising, was reduced to an 18+ rating, allowing audiences over 18 to see the film.

The KMDB objected to scenes showing a human body being mutilated and human body parts being eaten by humans and a dog. Following a press screening August 11, it seems that director Kim preferred to remove entire scenes rather than take out individual shots – thus preserving the logic and fluidity of the whole.

The US $6 million commercial thriller, distributed locally by Showbox, is represented internationally by Korean sales agent Finecut. The film stars top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun as a secret agent who, when his fiancé is gruesomely murdered by a psychopath (played by veteran thesp Choi Min-shik), tracks him down and exacts equally gruesome and possibly equally psychotic revenge.

Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)

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up1.gif Thanks to the highlight at GBW cafe.daum 6256, 'I Saw The Devil' OST to be released September 2 and the movie exceeding 1.5 million admission this weekend.

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movie1.gifBox Office 2010.08.27 ~ 2010.08.29 (won)

1. The Man from Nowhere 4,065,816,000

2. The Last Airbender 2,590,714,000

3. Piranha 3D 2,286,740,000

4. I Saw the Devil 1,271,465,000 devil69.gif

5. Predators 1,155,348,500

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Source: KOFIC

August 30, 2010

Reguested by fans, 'I Saw the Devil' to release its movie OST depicting "living sorrow and anger" on September 2.

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Source: news.nate.com

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up1.gif Very glad to read that Darcy Paquet's first thought & Tom Giammarco's review (koreanfilm.org) have been very positive on 'I Saw the Devil'. rbhcool.gif

August 31, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW devil69.gifSaw the Devil (2010)

A few weeks ago, I had received a call from a friend of mine-a former student who boarded in my house for about two years. He had watched both A Man From Nowhere and I Saw the Devil in theaters and asked me if I had seen them. While we were talking, he said that he preferred A Man From Nowhere because of Won Bin’s acting. “But,” he added, “I Saw the Devil is your style. You have to see it.” My style? I had of course been following the news and rumors surrounding the near non-release of the film. Censors had deemed it too offensive and violent and nearly gave it a rating that would have prevented the film’s screening within Korea. I wondered if I would like it. I remember writing in the spring of 2009 that I had walked out of the film Missing. I found it too cruel and annoying at the same time. The director of Missing had stated that he wanted to make a movie like Saw and I say he succeeded. I have never watched more than 10 minutes of any Saw film. How could I Saw the Devil be ‘my style’? I like films that make you think, not blood baths! Well, I watched it last night and I have to say that my friend seems to know me pretty well. I Saw the Devil is definitely my style.

I Saw the Devil is very different from Missing and Saw that I mentioned above. In those films, the torture of innocent people seems to comprise the entire reason for making the film. That is not the case here. The villain Kyeong-cheol is undeniably brutal.. however, torture is not his main motif. Judging from the amount of blood in some scenes, torture undoubtedly occurs, especially later in the film when he is seeking revenge on Soo-hyeon, but much of it happens off screen. Soo-hyeon engages in quite a bit of brutality himself and his methods are extremely questionable. But his dealings with Kyeong-cheol–who ranks up there as one of the most despicable cinematic characters that I have ever encountered–are oddly carthartic. Too often in movies and tv (Dexter anyone?), the killer is glorified. It was a welcomed change to see a killer get his comeuppance. Of course, if Soo-hyeon had just called the police when he found the killer instead of engaging in his own path of revenge, it would have been better for everyone and saved a half dozen lives or so-and the killer still would have been punished.

Soo-hyeon is given a very clear opportunity to break from the path of vengeance, but he willfully and conciously decides against it well aware that his actions may turn him into a monster. His promise to his murdered wife is binding and to break from that would be like betraying her and failing his duty to punish her killer. For his part, Kyeong-cheol sees Soo-hyeon’s dedication to punishing him as a kind of game, an extra challenge that he becomes determined to overcome even though the cards seemed stacked against him. Once he figures out the rules and realizes the identity of his pursuer, Kyeong-cheol is able to take control of the game and is free to seek his own path of revenge for all the pain Soo-hyeon has bought him and his assoiciates.

I really did not see anything in this movie that would warrent such an outcry by the censor board. I had heard that there were concerns about a scene where a dog is fed a hand, however that did not appear in the theatrical version I saw. The amount of gore is no more than what we saw in Chaser or Black House a few years ago and the body count is less than in Bittersweet Life. If it was a problem with the protaganist acts in a morally questionable manner, then I would direct critics to Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. Actually, I found myself thinking that I Saw the Devil was the movie that Sympathy For Lady Vengeance should have been and Kim Ji-woon’s directing felt more like a style Park Chan-wook would use.

In brief, I was very pleased with this movie–even with the scenes I watched with one eye closed. There can be no complaint about the acting of the two leads. Lee Byeong-heon and Choi Min-shik are arguably the best actors in the Korean film industry at the moment. And it is a film that makes you think as Soo-heon’s choice become harder to justify even as we understand his reasons. It really was my style.

Credits: Seen in Jeonju

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If I'm not mistaken, from an online survey currently going on.. most netizens (about 80%) agree on SuHyeon's extreme and most brutal way of revenge, even though it's not the correct way.

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Korean media highlight at news.nate.com, online-translated gist by EverythingLBH

September 1, 2010

'I Saw the Devil' shaking the international netizens

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The thriller 'I Saw the Devil' which had just surpassed the 1.6 million admission after 3 weeks of screening have been gaining a lot of anticipated interest amongst the international online-movie communities since day 1 particularly due to Dir. Kim Ji Woon's critically-acclaimed and distinct movie features of A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life and The Good, the Bad, the Weird which had created their own loyal followers worldwide. Furthermore, with the combination of super top-notch, powerful acting by actors Choi Min Sik and Lee Byung Hun, the expectation could not have been more higher for a Korean movie on a global level.

Actual articles quoted by the Korean media

Jason Bayless - http://zombie-popcorn.com/?p=8536

Peter Hall - http://www.horrorsquad.com/2010/08/09/korea-censors-i-saw-the-devil-ahead-of-release/

Mike Bracken - http://www.horrorsquad.com/2010/07/09/watch-this-full-trailer-for-i-saw-the-devil/

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September 2, 2010

Weekend Box Office: August 27-29

Reporter: Lucia Hong luciahong @ <Ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved> 10Asia

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South Korea's box office estimates for the weekend of August 27-29, 2010 [Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS)]

"The Man From Nowhere" stays atop local box office

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

Korean thriller "The Man From Nowhwere" maintained its month-long reign as the No. 1 movie in the country during the final week of August.

According to the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) on Thursday, the Won Bin starrer, which opened in local theaters on August 4, took the top place on the box office with 528,091 admissions for the weekend of August 27 to 29.

"Man" is about a reclusive man named Tae-shik (Won Bin), a former special agent who runs a pawn shop and befriends So-mi (child actress Kim Sae-ron), the young girl next door.

"The Last Airbender," helmed by famed director M. Night Shyamalan, stood in second place with 266,463 moviegoers and the newly released Hollywood thriller "Piranha 3D" entered Korea's box office at No. 3, selling 203,749 tickets.

Korean horror flick "I Saw the Devil" slipped a notch to fourth place with 163,092 admits and sci-fi flick "Predators" rounded out the top five slots with 160,433 viewers during its opening weekend.

Other films included in the top ten were "Inception," "Avatar-Special Edition," "Enemy at the Dead End," "Toy Story 3," and "The Expendables."

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September 3, 2010

Movie 'The Man From Nowhere' Ranks Atop Ticket Sales

The movie "The Man From Nowhere," in which actor Won Bin appears as the protagonist, has maintained first place in terms of rate of advance weekend ticket purchases.

According to the data aggregated by the Korean Film Council on September 2, "The Man From Nowhere" had taken 34.7 percent of total ticket bookings and ranked at the top, defeating the romantic comedy movie "Killers (15.8%)," which was released on September 2, so it has stayed at first place for two consecutive weeks.

Since the premiere on August 4, "The Man From Nowhere" has unyieldingly maintained first place for one month, and it has drawn 4.7 million audience members so far, and what is more, it has been forecast that it will soon exceed five million audience members.

Director Christopher Nolan’s movie "Inception," which had been released on July 21, recorded an 8.4 percent share of ticket sales, which resulted in it ranking in third place.

"Inception," which rose four places from last week's seventh place to third place, drew 5.65 million audience members in total, and it has become the movie with the highest number of people attending among this year’s movies, edging out the movie “Secret Reunion” (5.46 million).

The movie "Mullan," in which Zhao Wei appears as the protagonist, ranked in fourth place as it took 5.5 percent of ticket bookings followed by "I Saw the Devil” (4.8%) and "After Life” (4.2%).

In addition, movies such as "Piranha 3D” (3.9%), “The Kids Are All Right” (3.5%), “The Last Air Bender” (3.1%), and “Bedeviled” (2.0%) have been ranked in the top 10. A total of ten movies including "Killers,” ”Mullan,” ”After Life,” ”The Kids Are All Right,” ”Bedeviled,” ” Tournament,” ”The Door,” ”Thank you, Mr. Kim,” ” Lyme Life,” and “Break Away” will be released this week.

Source: KBS Global

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movie1.gifBox Office 2010.09.03 ~ 2010.09.05 (won)

1. The Man from Nowhere 2,854,666,500

2. Killers 1,299,567,500

3. Inception 705,703,500

4. I Saw the Devil 712,416,500 devil69.gif

5. The Last Airbender 827,966,500

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Source: KOFIC

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CMS's animal-like character scares the wits out of me

nevertheless, I am still rooting for this movie & its DVD release.

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