I Saw the Devil (aka: Akmareul boatda)


I Saw the Devil (2010)

Going in to this I knew it was a Korean film, but I had no idea what the film was about. I’d heard it recommended by SO many people that I HAD to check it out. And I’m glad I did!


In short the film is your basic revenge story: When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. (IMDB.com)

The movie starts with a woman, in her car, on the phone. She explains to her fiancée that she’s got a flat tyre and waiting on the tow truck to arrive. A car pulls up and a gentleman gets out and offers to help fix her car. She politely declines and the guy walks away. The guy returns with gusto, smasher her windscreen in then smashing her brains in.

So begins the revenge. The fiancée works for the intelligence services and, eventually, manages to find the killer.


And that was to the guy who DIDN'T do the murder!


From here on in he tracks the killer and, while he’s in the middle of torturing someone, the fiancée appears and kicks the crap out of the killer. Telling him that it’ll get worse each time. Problem is, the killer is quite enjoying the whole thing and isn’t as daft as he looks. Eventually the killer finds out how he’s being found, and the twists and turns begin.

Although it sounds like your average thriller it’s not. It has quite a few action scenes and certainly some elements of horror. Even a sprinkling of humour in places.


Would you pull a big long spikey thing out your own hand? Ouch!


The effects are pretty good, no head explosions or anything, but plenty of blood and people being stabbed and beaten. The acting is all good. Particularly the guy playing the killer, he totally reminded me of the uber-creepy Anthony Wong, which IS a compliment, honest!

Yeah, I think he might be your man...

The locations are all nice and colourful, always using the appropriate colours to give more mood to a scene.

I don’t want to say too much more about the films story as near the end I’m thinking ‘so how can the fiancée possibly win?’.

Look, just watch it, OK?!

Rating: ★★★★☆



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About Ronnie

Having survived the UK's 'video nasty' (prohibition) era I'm eager to catch up with all previously unseen sleaze and filth. I revel in mixtape oddness, boobage, gore, and proper latex special effects, don't get me started on CGI... - email Ronnie
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One Response to I Saw the Devil (aka: Akmareul boatda)

  1. Brandy says:

    I watched this movie 5/31/2014 after watching a Screen Junkies youtube video most F***ed Up Movie Scenes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7LH0nQVv9I). One of the panelist mentioned it and I was hooked then. This is a high dollar production movie. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. First time I had ever seen a South Korean film, and they blew me away. Gory enough, sadistic enough, horrific enough, fearful enough, psychotic enough – it was just sick! I loved it! I agree with Ronnie, 4 stars! you must see this movie!

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