This is not the sequel to any exorcist movie. It’s another thriller featured in the 9th Florence Korea Film Fest and the closing movie of the festival.
Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-Hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.
I love the movie because I love
serial killers Korean movies. That and the gore and blood and the details in its awesome glory! Bwahaahahaha! Uhm, where was I? Oh, yes, 10 random things to do and not do before, during, and after watching Kim Ji-woon’s “I Saw the Devil”.
1. Make sure that your blood pressure and anything related to your heart is ok. I barely survived the suspense and gore of the story.
2. Girls, bring tissue in case you salivate at the sight of Lee Byung-hun. But if you’re just there to look at him like any other mentally-challenged good-for-nothing groupie, and if you’re not there to appreciate the film as a whole, then don’t come to the theatre. Just stay in your room and stare at his poster before I grab you and cut you into small cubes.
3. Boys, don’t go overboard with your bromance for Lee Byung-hun. Gaydars may go wild and categorize you as closeted cases. Try to enjoy the action and combat scenes.
4. Make sure that you’ve already had dinner. The gruesome details and scenes will definitely make you loose your appetite. At the same time, if you’re trying to lose weight, such scenes will make you go to the toilet and barf.
5. Make sure that your bladder is empty while watching the movie. It’s so good that when I felt that I needed to pee I wished that I had never got a bladder!
6. Do not bring talkative or shrieking girls with you. She will annoy everybody if she keeps asking the name of the killer. Everybody wants to concentrate. She will die as soon as the movie ends.
7. The seats in the first five front rows are perfect for good viewing pleasure.
8. Encourage drama-lovers to come to see the movie. It’s not all about the killings and blood. The particular thing about this film is the intense emotions it transmits to the viewers.
9. When the film ends, remind yourself that it is just a film. Everything’s ok. Nobody’s out there waiting to drag you inside a school van. It’s just a film. I know that it can be freaky real. I know that it is so great that it can be true. But it’s just a movie. Calm down.
10. After getting out of the theatre, DO NOT FREAK OUT. It is better to bring your friends with you and bring your own vehicle. Ignore what I said in number 9. There could be some psychopath out there.
Advisory: Please visit a psychiatrist after seeing the film. The movie is so great (like I always say) it can ruin your mind (I’ve been saying this for the nth time because it is true!).