The new red band trailer for I Saw the Devil is one of the best I’ve seen in ages. It’s certainly a marked improvement over the earlier, non-domestic trailer for the film, which featured much of the same footage, but little of the rhyme or rhythm that makes this trailer so deliriously, propulsively malicious. If you’re looking to get amped for what promises to be the latest must-see contribution to an already long list of must-see Korean films, here’s your starting point.

Not that anyone with an appetite for Korean cinema should be in need of convincing that this is a film worth watching, what with the knockout trifecta at the center of it. To start there’s director Kim Ji-woon, whose track record — A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird — has already solidified him as one of the leading voices in Asian cinema. Then there’s the cast, which brings together two of Korea’s most prominent stars: Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) and Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Good, the Bad, the Weird). They’re the opposing forces laying waste to each others’ sanity in this brutal tale of violence and revenge, which finds an elite special agent taking the law into his own hands when a serial killer murders his pregnant fiancée. Watch the red band trailer after the break. Read More »

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Violent revenge flicks are pretty much heroin for most film fans. We inject the works of Park Chan-Wook  and Takashi Miike directly into our veins, swooning in the delights of violence and hyperkinetic cinema. In comparison, Kim Jee-woon is relatively new to the scene. His film, The Good The Bad and the Weird, certainly made a significant blip on film fan’s radar and now with his latest film, I Saw the Devil, Jee-woon has crafted an even more visceral experience. After getting rave reviews as a secret screening at Fantastic Fest 2010, I Saw the Devil has taken the Sundance Film Festival and in turn it’s taken the revenge film, turned it on its head and drenched it with blood. Read more after the break. Read More »

UPDATE: Thanks to a couple comments and emails, we now know that the first reports about alterations to the film were exaggerated: I Saw the Devil has been trimmed via seven cuts, not minutes. So things aren’t as severe as first reported, which is excellent. Original article follows.

A few weeks ago I showed you the trailer for I Saw the Devil, a crime thriller from The Good, the Bad, the Weird director Kim Ji-Woon. The trailer is loaded with atmosphere and visually impressive. And the film has a great cast: Lee Byung-hyun of The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Choi Min-sik from Oldboy.

But earlier this week the film ran into trouble: it was given a harsh rating in Korea, effectively banning it from most Korean cinemas. Cuts have now been made and the film will be given a general release. But how much was lost? Read More »

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If The Good, the Bad, the Weird had received any sort of extensive release in the States, I’d just pitch this trailer for I Saw the Devil as being from the writer/director (Kim Ji-woon) and star (Lee Byung-hyun) of that film. But a lot of you have probably only heard of The Good, the Bad, the Weird, if even that.

So I’ll take the easy route and say that, for this film, which looks like a gorgeously shot tale of criminal actions, Kim has brought together Choi Min-sik, aka Oldboy‘s Oh-dae Su, and Lee Byun-hyun, who was in J.S.A.: Joint Security Area long before being in The Good, the Bad, the Weird. The combination looks great, and the film looks like it could be a good one…maybe even a lot more than that. Read More »

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