Big news for fans of Asian cinema! The latest project from Kim Jeewoon, who brought us A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad and The Weird, has just been picked up by Magnet Releasing who is a side arm to Magnolia. This is a title that has been producing a lot of buzz and is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where it is getting some huge buzz going on behind it. I can’t wait to see this one and I hope it makes it here completely uncut, because it seems as if it will be quite the film!
Toronto – September 15, 2010 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired North American rights to KIM Jeewoon’s (The Good, The Bad and The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters) I SAW THE DEVIL at the Toronto International Film Festival. Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, I SAW THE DEVIL transcends the police procedural, pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in ways that will surprise and thrill fans of the genre.
The Good, the Bad and the Weird’s Lee Byung-hyun stars as Dae-hoon, a special agent whose pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a disturbed and brutal serial killer, captivatingly played by Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. Vowing revenge, Dae-hoon blurs the lines between hunter and hunted and good and evil, eventually becoming a monster himself in his twisted pursuit of revenge.
“I SAW THE DEVIL is one of the most riveting and unrelenting films I’ve ever seen. It is an undisputable masterpiece,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “Unparalleled in it’s brutality, Kim Jeewoon 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 deal was negotiated by Magnet’s Quinn with Youngjoo Suh from Finecut. Magnet will release I SAW THE DEVIL theatrically in first quarter 2011.
And here are some more stills sent along with the press release! Bring on the bloody fun is what I say!