I Saw the Devil

2010, Mystery & thriller, 2h 21m

85 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Never flinching during its descent into depravity, I Saw the Devil is a pulverizing thriller that will give bloody satisfaction to audiences who like their revenge served with fiery rage. Read critic reviews

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On a dark road, taxi driver Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) comes across a scared female motorist stranded in a broken-down vehicle. He pulls over -- but not to help her. When the woman's head is discovered in a local river, her devastated fiancé, Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), a trained secret agent, becomes obsessed with hunting down her killer. Once he finds Kyung-chul, things get twisted. After brutally beating the murderer, Kim lets him go free, and a demented game of cat and mouse begins.

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Audience Reviews for I Saw the Devil

  • Dec 29, 2016
    "Don't act so weak... this is just the beginning. Remember... your nightmare's only getting worse!" original in its conveyance of revenge. wheras all previous of the genre have tended towards an action theme eventually concluding with the act of revenge, i saw the devil is the act of revenge throughout. min-sik choi plays the bastard so well and byung-hun lee plays the avenging stalker astutely. jee-woon kim adds another quality feature to his already astonishing catalogue.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2013
    The extremely graphic nature of this otherwise generic action/revenge thriller, is definitely not for the squeamish. Although sadistic, repulsive and pointless in its subject matter, the approach is strangely stylish and engaging throughout. Not a pleasant experience, but intense and hard to forget.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2013
    Once the credits start rolling, and you reflect on the film you've just seen, it will be hard to find flaws in 'I Saw the Devil.' Ji-woon Kim's direction is top notch, and he keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat the entire film. Min-sik Choi's's acting is incredible, and Byung-hun Lee is no slouch himself. Quite simply, this film is amazing. Grade: B+
    Sunny D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2013
    A bold and electrifying new breed of revenge film. A shockingly violent and stunningly well made piece of work that`s truly unforgettable and mind-blowing. A bloody, stylish, gripping and absolutely terrifying movie that`s a memorable step forward in the genre. A bone-chilling and heart-pounding adrenaline-charged edge of your seat thriller. A frightening masterpiece that is truly a must-see. Director, Ji-woon Kim crafts one of his most accomplished and brilliant films so far. Revenge films don't get more shocking or exhilarating than this. It`s the real deal. Byung-hun Lee and Min-sik Choi are absolutely sensational. Choi is sadistically brilliant. Lee is magnificent. A spectacular showdown of a cat and mouse game. An intense and powerful thrill-ride that leads you a gut-rotting and breathtaking finish.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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