I Saw the Devil

Released 2010


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Ji-woon Kim
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I Saw the Devil is a grisly South Korean horror film written and directed by one of the genre's most reputable filmmakers - Ji Woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Detective Dae-hoon (Byung-hun Lee) is forever changed after he finds his adorable fiancee brutally slain one morning. He embarks on a mission to find the person responsible for her death. After one week of heavy investigation, he finds a very promising suspect - a deranged serial killer named Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) who is on everyone's most wanted list. Kyung-chul has a reputation for killing his victims in a grotesque, Satanic manner, but as Dae-hoon becomes desperate to avenge his would-be-wife's murder, he too leans to torturing in sick ways. I Saw the Devil will leave you squirming in your seat. It is one of the most revolting horror films available. An original horror film you don't want to miss.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Rob Nelson

    Repugnant content, grislier than the ugliest torture porn, ought to have made the film unwatchable, but it doesn't, simply because Kim's picture is so beautifully filmed, carefully...

  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    There is all the violent mayhem, for certain, but the thing that sets I Saw the Devil apart is its undercurrent of real emotion and how unrelentingly sad it can be.

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Foreign Language, Crime, Asian Horror, Slashers