I Saw The Devil (2010)

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Avg Rating: 4.6 / 5. Voted: 129

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AKA: Akmareul Boatda
Year: 2010
Directed by: Kim Jee-woon
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik
Country: Korea, Asian Cinema
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 02:23:55
Genres: Revenge, Detective/Mystery, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women, Serial Killers, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
Lee Byung-hun plays a Korean Secret Service agent whose girlfriend is one snowy night, kidnapped and brutally murdered by a serial killer played by Choi Min-sik (of Old Boy fame). Choi has a collection of women’s souvenirs suggesting he has a large number of kills under him. This is also indicated during one killing scene when he guillotines a woman and looks bored and curious as her head rolls away – almost like he has raped and killed so many women he now has to find new ways to amuse himself.

The theme of I Saw the Devil is primarily Revenge as Lee embarks on a mission to find his lover’s killer and give him a death that is 10,000 times more painful than his girlfriend received. In doing so, he loses all of his moral balance and becomes the monster he is attempting to fight.

His hatred and pain is so great that he feels unsatisfied to simply torture and kill the killer – he instead chooses to find him, brutalize him and then release him. Then find him again, torture him and release him once again. Like smug cats allegedly do with helpless rats.

Favorite scenes:
There are some very artistic shots throughout the movie such as Choi dragging a blood soaked body down a pristine white snowy road or the beautifully visualized decapitated head found floating in a moonlit river.

The first couple of times Choi is cornered by Lee, he shows a genuine fear at being up against someone who seems as deranged or worse than him. This is especially evident when Lee breaks into the clinic while Choi is getting the virginal nurse to blow him.

20 thoughts on “I Saw The Devil (2010)

  • June 13, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    In my twisted top 10 forever
    Absolutely great movie, should be seen alongside the Vengeance trilogy.

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  • June 26, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    Love this movie…just keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • July 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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    one of the best movies of all time, the ending breaks your heart

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  • August 8, 2020 at 10:34 pm
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    This movie is great !!!

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  • September 19, 2020 at 4:18 pm
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    Never understood why the good guy laughs so hard at the end. …Hi

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    • December 7, 2020 at 9:16 pm
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      Ha ha he didn’t laugh he cried hardly without knowing to express his pain..

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    • February 27, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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      he cries because even with all the pain and suffering he inflicted on the murderer it did not bring his woman back

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  • October 31, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    Choi from Old Boy was perfect for this role. I’ve seen a this movie a few times and it’s still great. Definetly recommended

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  • December 9, 2020 at 4:33 am
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    This might seem like a Mandela effect for me, but I thought there was a scene where he (Choi’s character) raped her after undressing her then wrapped her in plastic, then goes in and take a shower. Comes back out to find her waking up in the plastic. That is what I remember the first time I saw this movie when it came out. Can someone tell me I am remembering differently?

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  • April 4, 2021 at 6:08 am
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    The performance of choi min-sik in this movie is flawless.

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  • April 5, 2021 at 6:58 pm
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    Im so glad I watched this, I heard the hype and wow not a dull moment easily a top 10 for me, Not often you get a good script with good acting and good amount of effed up. A true 5 outta 5!

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  • April 18, 2021 at 7:10 am
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    Really good movie. The only thing i didn’t really like was the message that it was trying to give at the end.

    I think revenge is actually something good. People will tell you that you have to stop, move on and etc, that you won’t bring back what you lost. But fuck that. You cannot let the motherfuckers that did stuff to you, just get away with it. Doing nothing means letting them get away with it. In my eyes, is unacceptable. You have to seek revenge, and pay them with the same coin or even worse.

    Other than that, amazing movie.

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    • May 13, 2021 at 6:27 pm
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      While I do agree to some extent… I think the movie actually captures something even greater. It shows how one can lose themselves and make the situation worse. If he had tortured him for a while and then killed him without letting him go multiple girls wouldn’t be raped and other people wouldn’t have died. He also lost himself completely and turned into a monster. By all means, make them pay.. but drawing it out can cause a multitude of problems.

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