I Saw the Devil

Director: Kim Jee-woon
Screenwriters: Park Hoon-jung

Institute History

  • 2011 Sundance Film Festival


Kim Jee-woon's latest masterpiece, I Saw the Devil, floored audiences at the Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest with its visual audacity and gut-wrenching violence. We’re honored to welcome him to the Festival.
A remorseless psychopath stalks deserted roads looking for women to rape and slaughter. But when he murders the pregnant fiancée of a secret-service agent, the tables turn, and the stalker becomes the prey as the grief-stricken agent pursues a gruesome revenge. Soo-hyun hunts down the killer but does not turn him over to the authorities. Instead, he exacts a punishment designed to make the psycho truly suffer. The sadistic mayhem escalates as the pair enact a gory cat-and-mouse game that quickly spirals out of control.
As excellently crafted as it is blood soaked, Kim Jee-woon’s hard-edged revenge thriller leaves an indelible mark on its audience. The brutality and unrelenting violence of I Saw the Devil is only half as jarring as its unflinching portrait of the dark side of human nature.

— Heidi Zwicker

Screening Details


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