Thank the gods for the Toronto International Film Festival! Finally some domestic distribution news has come our way for the upcoming film from acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon starring Oldboy himself, I Saw the Devil.
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Kim Jee-woon’s latest tale of violence and all manner of nastiness.
“I Saw the Devil is one of the most riveting and unrelenting films I’ve ever seen. It is an indisputable masterpiece,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “Unparalleled in its brutality, Kim Jee-woon deftly takes the serial killer thriller to new, profoundly disturbing heights. It’s hard to imagine curating a genre label that didn’t include this remarkable achievement.”
The film, labeled as a hard-boiled thriller, stars Choi Min-sik as a psychopathic serial killer up against Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as a special agent whose fiancée becomes one of his victims. Lee’s cool-headed and intelligent character in turn becomes a monster in order to avenge the killing.
Look for I Saw the Devil theatrically in the first quarter of 2011. Dig on the international trailer below.
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