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I Saw the Devil released in theaters

Aug 27, 2010
  • Writerby Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)
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I Saw the Devil released in theaters


After weeks of wrangling with the Korea Media Rating Board (KMDB), KIM Jee-woon thriller, I Saw the Devil was able to secure a theatrical release on August 12, after making seven cuts totaling 80 seconds of footage.  The “Restricted” rating which would have effectively banned the film from theatrical release and prohibited any promotion or advertising, was reduced to an 18+ rating, allowing audiences over 18 to see the film.  


The KMDB objected to scenes showing a human body being mutilated and human body parts being eaten by humans and a dog.  Following a press screening August 11, it seems that director LEE preferred to remove entire scenes rather than take out individual shots – thus preserving the logic and fluidity of the whole.  


The US $6 million commercial thriller, distributed locally by Showbox, is represented internationally by Korean sales agent Finecut.  The film stars top Korean actor LEE Byung-hun as a secret agent who, when his fiancé is gruesomely murdered by a psychopath (played by veteran thesp CHOI Min-shik), tracks him down and exacts equally gruesome and possibly equally psychotic revenge.  


Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)

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