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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