First stills from Lee Byung-heon’s I Saw the Devil
I Saw the Devil is the new film from The Good, The Bad, The Weird director Kim Ji-woon, starring Lee Byung-heon and Choi Min-shik, and has released its first still shots. The film began shooting earlier this month on February 6.
Director Kim has made a number of films in different genres, and again tries his hand at a new one: his 2000 film The Foul King was a comedy; 2003’s A Tale of Two Sisters was psychological horror; 2005’s A Bittersweet Life was noir; and 2008’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird a “kimchi Western.” I Saw the Devil is his first thriller (though one could argue there were thriller elements in his previous films), as well as being his third time working with Lee Byung-heon.
The plot of I Saw the Devil deals with a man (Lee) whose fiancee suffered a brutal death at the hands of a serial killer. As a national Secret Service agent who is used to performing his duty perfectly, he is assailed with shame at failing to protect someone he loves, and desperately wants to return his pain to the killer. Fueled by that rage and hatred, he hunts down the murderer played by Choi Min-shik.
After finishing the first shoot, Lee Byung-heon said, “If my earlier roles were either very controlled or explosive, this character has both sides.” Meanwhile, Choi is best known for his strong images in films like Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance; this is also a reunion for him with director Kim, as they worked together twelve years ago in The Quiet Family.
I Saw the Devil will film through March and plans for a summer release.