I think maybe the Koreans are making the best movies in the world these days. Or how about, they are making some of my favorite movies these days (OldBoy, Crying Fist, Welcome to Dongmakgol, JSA, Tae Guk Gi, Memories of Murder, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Silmido).
Kim Ji-Woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, The Good, The Bad, and The Weird) has made of my favorite revenge/serial killer/moral tale/thrillers in I Saw The Devil.
Choi-Min Shik (Oh Dae Su in OldBoy) plays Kyung-chul a sadistic sexual predator/murderer who messes with the wrong guy’s (Soo-hyun played by Lee Byung-Hun, The Good, The Bad, and The Weird, A Bittersweet Life )fiance.
Along the way Soo-hyun brutalizes Kyung-chul. He catches him, tortures him, releases him, catches him again, tortures him, brings him back from the dead at least once to torture him again. You also get to meet Kyung-chul’s old college buddy…a canibalistic murderer who likes to eat raw human flesh.
Of course, things don’t go as planned for Special Agent Soo-hyun and he learns the age old lesson that so many other characters if movie and film have learned about revenge. Nevertheless, the way Kim Ji-Woon “tells” this story is very engaging, unique, and visually superb. It’s not even close to the best Korean movie I’ve seen, but it’s a very good movie and worth watching and better than just about any recent American thriller I’ve seen.
It’s available (subtitled) on Netflix Instant Watch. I recommend it!
Here’s the trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O7wgp0acAo