July 15, 2011 1 Comment
Well, if you know me well enough and have been reading my blog posts, then you know my love of Korean cinema and their love of wanton violence and emotion fueled rampages. I covered the Park Chan-Wook revenge trilogy and discussed about the suspenseful film Mother. There has been an emerging pattern in my selection of Korean films and they revolve around vengeance and violence. I wrote three long posts about vengeance and the emotion drive that overtakes the characters and today’s post is no different from the previous posts. I Saw The Devil is brutal film to watch. Not in the sense that the subject matter is difficult, but emotional gut punch you get when watching two actors vehemently amp up the violence towards one another in each scene. The film is rough and gritty to watch, but such a gorgeous movie that plays with this cat and mouse scenario, only if the cat and mouse each have the ability to wield giants knives and outright attack one another. Let’s setup the story first before I dive into the subtext of the movie and why I seem to love violent, revenge driven flicks.