Bedeviled (Kim-bok-nam Sal-in-sa-eui Jeon-mal)

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When her pleas for help are ignored and cause her daughter's death, a woman seeks revenge on the person she blames.

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Audience Reviews for Bedeviled (Kim-bok-nam Sal-in-sa-eui Jeon-mal)

  • Jan 28, 2017
    The film shares DNA with I Spit On Your Grave, but goes deeper and further than a Hollywood film would dare. It's dark and brutal though not without justification. It's another cracking Korean film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2012
    I find it absolutely amazing that Korea hasn't worn out the revenge genre. Bedevilled is one of those films that is more effective the less you know about it. Even the poster gives away too much. It, at first, seems to be the tale of a young bank clerk who was a possible witness at a serious assault. The pressures of having to finger the culprits and building tensions at work leaves her in serious need of a break. She returns to an island where she spent time as a child, but the island is very insular, controlling, and a young mother named Bok Nam is the victim of a lot of abuse. The building tension contrasts beautifully with the stunning visuals. I forgot what genre the film was supposed to be after the first 30 minutes. The pacing was so deliberate and well crafted that the film also begins to play with your expectations and starts to make you question who the protagonist is. The film is about responsibility, and taking action when others suffer. It's truly tragic and the final half is a terrifying but very real series of events. A stunning performance from Seo Yeong Hie propels this among the greatest of Korean films.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2012
    South Korea is home to some of the best ultra violent revenge thrillers. This film is one of them, but it's far more character driven than you would think. And far more tragic than you would think. It is the story of a woman that is simply driven to the edge and simply snaps, it is more about her murderous rampage and the events that led to her simply snapping than it is about the abuse that she suffers throughout. But the movie isn't as simple as that, it's layered with a lot of minor details that help flesh out the characters and the story. There's also the really sad tale of Bok-nam sending letters and reaching out to the only person she considered a friend for help, and this so called friend choosing to ignore her pleas of help until it was simply too late. This is even more detailed in the story as you do get to see flashbacks to when they were young girls and it adds a sadder context to what's happening in current times. This is a woman that desperately needed the only person she could call a friend to help her and her friend's continued lack of empathy was a huge part of why Bok-nam snapped the way she did. The only person who could help her refused to do so, she had nobody who wanted to help her in any way. And that's really fucking sad if you think about. Of course there are certain plot-points that I won't discuss as to avoid spoilers, but just know this is actually a very well written and character driven revenge thriller. When we get to the violent parts, the movie certainly doesn't hold back at all. It is a very violent film in its last act, and it has a certain unflinching brutality that reminds me of Red, White and Blue. It is definitely not going to be an easy movie to watch and some may find the film slower moments dull or uninteresting, but I assure you that it's all for the benefit of the story. As mentioned, it is a movie that has a lot of details that aren't explicitly told to you, that doesn't make a movie bad. It just simply means you have to think more about it, and I can't fault a filmmaker for trying to challenge me intellectually. And before I forget, Yeong-hie Seo gives an excellent performance as Bok-nam. She is a large part of why the film is so good, she gives a raw and heartfelt performance and she certainly, at the beginning, has a certain sweetness about her despite living in a terrible place with terrible people. There's also the peace and serenity that the island offers, especially in contrast to the latter parts of the film. I don't know if this was a conscious choice but it's also one of the parts that makes the film so great. That certain connection, or disconnection rather, between this really beautiful and peaceful place and the bloody rampage that occurs is also an important part of the story, at least to me. I'd highly recommend this movie. It's definitely uncompromising in its approach to the violence but it offers a story with a lot of emotional depth and excellent acting. This is not a perfect movie, which movie is really, but it's a top-notch film nonetheless. From a country that, seemingly, produces about 85% of the world's revenge thrillers, this one still rises above the pack and stands out on its own. If you couldn't tell by now, I love this film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2011
    "<i>Does it hurt? A lot? Hold on, I'll put bean paste on it.</I>" Review soon...
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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