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Old 05-12-2012, 01:51 PM
Rigamarole Rigamarole is offline
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A real foreign film gem - I Saw the Devil (Korean Horror/Drama)

So I found this movie on Netflix streaming last night called I Saw the Devil, and started to watch it mainly out of boredom, not really expecting much. As it turned out, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, and by the end I was just blown away.

It's about a man's quest for revenge after his fiancée is killed by a sadistic psychopath. But it's not like your typical Hollywood formula film at all. It is very gory and tragic, so if you don't like gore, don't watch it. But it's also not just torture porn a la the Saw or Hostel series - it was much deeper and more introspective than I would have ever expected from such a film. And the actors gave really top-notch performances all-around.

If this is the kind of thing that interests you, it's absolutely worth a watch. If you've already seen it, what did you think?
Old 05-13-2012, 01:57 AM
Tarwater Tarwater is offline
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I saw it awhile ago. I wasn't prepared to like it as much as I did. Korean films tend toward the flashy and melodramatic (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). The films are visually expressive, but as works of dramatic fiction, they don't leave a lasting impression. They're like the fast-food of cinema: you feel kind of empty and sick after you're done with them.

I Saw the Devil is among the flashiest, but the core story is simple enough to keep it from going off the rails. As it stands right now, it's pretty much the apotheosis of the Korean revenge film. It manages to say outright what the other films in the genre only hinted toward. It does that, I think, by stripping away most of the conventions of the genre. The story's about as straight-forward as you can imagine, which is a pleasant surprise.

If you enjoyed watching it, I'd recommend looking up Oldboy, too. I Saw the Devil was made as a response to Korean revenge films, and Oldboy is often held as the standard-bearer for the genre. It's probably no coincidence that the protagonist from Oldboy is the antagonist in I Saw the Devil.

It should be available on Netflix streaming.
Old 05-16-2012, 10:24 AM
Lust4Life Lust4Life is offline
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I might give this a go if I come across it, I've seen acouple of Korean films before and very much enjoyed them.


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