Sub-Genre- Serial Killer
Cast Members of Note- Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi.
|Oldboy is not to be trifled with.|
|"You no learn change tire, you die!"|
|Look out Dae-hoon, that tricky bitch is behind you!|
|Even in a wheelchair, this bear is scary.|
This movie has a level of tension that is palpable, and combined with brutal violence, compelling characters brought to life by a great cast, and some pretty sharp directing by Kim Ji-woon, it sucked us in instantly and never let us go. South Korea is putting out some great films these days, and even if they are on the bloody side of things sometimes, they shouldn't be missed.
It's great to see Min-sik Choi back in front of the camera again in a major role since his self imposed exile from film (he's political or something.) He is brilliantly intense as Kyung, so much so that he scared us a little bit with his portrayal. If you're unfamiliar with his previous work, you need to check out Oldboy; revenge movies don't get much better than that. And it has to be said that Byung- hun Lee was great as Dae-Hoon as well.
|"You kiss cobra, you get fang in lip!"|
I Saw the Devil is about as close to perfect as a Horror-Thriller flick can get. Not since Se7en has a movie about a Serial Killer been so engrossing and well executed, with a storyline that not only shocks but keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. With A Tale of Two Sisters, Three Extremes II, The Good, the Bad, & the Weird, and now I Saw The Devil under his belt, Ji-woon Kim has become a director whose work I covet. You should too. This movie is aces.