Some of the most entertaining, thrilling, emotional, not to mention violent films released these days come from Korea, with movies like Oldboy and The Good, The Bad, The Weird (to name but a couple) achieving international acclaim and success.
Today we have a red-band trailer and poster for another Korean movie, an intense revenge thriller/horror called I Saw the Devil. The film stars two of Korea's most successful actors, Min-sik Choi and Byung-hun Lee, stars of the aforementioned films Oldboy and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, respectively (Lee also starred as Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe).
Before we get to the new trailer and poster, check out the official synopsis for I Saw the Devil:
Kyung-chul (Choi) 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-hyeon (Lee), 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.
It may sound like the plot of several revenge thrillers that have come before, but as you'll see from the new red-band trailer, this takes things to bloody extremes which similar films just wouldn't explore (certainly not in Hollywood).
Check out the trailer below, thanks to IGN (Warning: The trailer contains some strong graphic imagery):
Now take a look at the new poster for the film:
Both the trailer and the poster do a tremendous job of conveying the overall tone of the film while hinting at the type of themes it's going to be exploring without giving much away. Apart from one line of dialogue (shown with subtitles rather than dubbed) the trailer uses visceral imagery to give you a sense of what to expect, instead of doing what most trailers these days do - bombard you with too much info.
I Saw the Devil comes to us courtesy of brilliant Korean director Ji-woon Kim, who has an impressive few films under his belt including the horror-drama A Tale of Two Sisters (which now has an inferior Hollywood remake entitled The Uninvited); the action/adventure Western The Good, The Bad, The Weird; and the revenge film A Bittersweet Life (the latter two also starring Lee).
Since I'm such a huge fan of Kim's work I will see anything the guy makes, but the latest trailer and poster for I Saw the Devil make me even more excited to see it (if that's even possible). Although it didn't make Screen Rant's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011 list, it did make my own personal list.
I Saw the Devil is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters (in limited release) on March 4th, 2011. Will you be making the effort to see it?