MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 02:  Director Kim Jee-woon attends the Opening Ceremony of the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival  on December 2, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.  (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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I Saw The Devil Was A Challenge Kim Jee-Woon Couldn't Resist
Widely considered one of the best thrillers of the 2010s, Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw The Devil” derives its terror from its cleverly paced plot and reveals while steadily building a sense of dread and despair. Kim is known for his vengeance-centric films, but “I Saw The Devil” proved a significant challenge as the director wanted to explore the genre in a new way.
Kim explained, “What interested me about the script was that even though it was about revenge, it was dealing with revenge in a different way than previous vengeance films I had dealt with. There [were] new ideas in it that I was interested to take on.” His decision was out of character, as it was the first film he directed where he didn’t also write the script.
Kim was introduced to Park Hoon-jung’s script when the production of his undisclosed project was suspended, sharing, “I read it, and it was a very powerful, very raw story, and it was a challenge that I was eager to take on.” If not for that challenge, Kim might not have lent his talents to “I Saw The Devil,” and the film may not be as fondly remembered.