“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
―Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
These words from Nietzche were the foundation of Director Kim Jee-woon's film, I Saw the Devil.
Written by Hoon-jung Park, starring Byung-hun Lee (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) and the legendary Min-sik Choi (Oldboy, The Brotherhood of War, [Sympathy for] Lady Vengeance), this dark brutal film follows undercover policeman, Kim Soo-hyeon on his steadfast journey of revenge against the serial killer who murdered his pregnant fianceé.
Though not rated, this film is definitely FOR ADULTS (18+) ONLY. And only those adults who can stomach vicious violence and truly disturbing content.
Don’t let the subtitles deter you, if you enjoy beautifully shot, well-acted, utterly upsetting entertainment that will haunt and astound you, there’s nothing better than this film.
I Saw the Devil is Korean revenge cinema at its absolute finest.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.