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The I Saw the Devil remake is on. Almost a year after we heard two producers boarded the project, a new report says they’ve found their creative team. The team behind You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, are on board to write and direct the American remake of the 2010 Kim Jee-woon revenge thriller. Read More »

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I Saw the Devil

Spike Lee’s Oldboy wasn’t really a success in any sense when it opened last month. Critics met the film with a shrug, audiences failed to meet it at all, and fans who were against it to begin with got to crow “I told you so.”

But Oldboy‘s failure isn’t keeping producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna from trying to remake a different Korean revenge thriller starring Choi Min-sik. The pair have just picked up the English-language rights to I Saw the Devil, released in 2010 by Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Hit the jump for more details on the new project.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder what’s happened to the careers of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, take sides over Blue Valentine, praise the combination of Werner Herzog and 3D, and discuss the appropriateness of Hunger Games casting. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club. You can no longer listen to the Book of Mormon soundtrack, but you can purchase it on iTunes.

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BLUE VALENTINE
If you’re lucky, you won’t be able to identify with Blue Valentine. If you’re less lucky, it will remind you a great deal of your parents, siblings or friends. Pray though, that it doesn’t remind you of yourself. There’s nothing more miserable than being proven the futility and fleeting nature of romantic love, unless of course it perfectly encapsulates your biggest life decisions. This film is an all-too-real snapshot of both the best and worst parts of a relationship, which is really just another way of saying the beginning and end of one. It’s half Before Sunrise and half Revolutionary Road, slammed right up against each other to juxtapose the beauty and ultimate folly of one of life’s most fundamental goals: to fall in love and spend your life with someone. Many people will probably take sides while watching Blue Valentine, accusing the wife of being cold and distant or blaming the husband for being immature and without ambition. But that would be missing the point. These are two people, flawed but well-meaning, who made the choices they made and must live with them. They would like things to be different — and they would like each other to be different — but they’re not, and that’s just the way life is. It’s easy to point fingers, but not everything is somebody’s fault. Sometimes people just grow apart, and it takes time (and the mounting conflict that time permits) for them to accept it. Blue Valentine captures this aspect of life better than almost any film I’ve seen. It’s raw and devastatingly real, written and directed with an almost invisible hand by Derek Cianfrance, and acted with incredible earnestness by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. It won’t leave you smiling, but it will get you thinking about your own relationships — past, present and future — and will hopefully help someone out there to think twice before making the same mistakes.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Deleted Scenes, Making of Blue Valentine, Commentary, and Home Movies.

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If you read our exclusive interview with Olly Moss, you know that even the artists are aware how difficult it is to acquire a Mondo print these days. It’s especially difficult when there are only 185 of the things but that’s the print run of Kevin Tong‘s poster for Kim Ji-Woon‘s bloody revenge film I Saw The Devil, which is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve been buzzing about the film for months but, unfortunately, it didn’t fair too well at the box office. Hence the small print run. Still, once you see the movie, you are going to want this poster. Check out the full image, courtesy of JoBlo, after the break. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam praise the uniqueness of The Adjustment Bureau, conclude that I Saw the Devil is the revenge film to end all revenge films, and get disgusted by the complete amorality of Weekend at Bernie’s. Special guest Tim League joins us from The Alamo Drafthouse. Check out the Alamo’s SXFantastic series at SXSW this year.

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March 4th finally sees the limited release of director Kim Ji-Woon‘s revenge film I Saw the Devil, which Peter loved at Fantastic Fest and I loved at Sundance. With that and Ji-Woon’s other awesome South Korean cross-over, the western The Good, The Bad and The Weird, his stock just continues to rise. A few months ago, we reported that Ji-Woon parlayed that buzz into his first English language directorial gig, the fast-paced action movie called The Last Stand written by Andrew Knauer. Liam Neeson was rumored to star as a sheriff near the U.S. border tasked with stopping a Mexican drug cartel leader from speeding home at 200 mph but we can exclusively tell you that Neeson has taken himself out of the running. Still, Kim is confident that the film will begin shooting this Fall. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

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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