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No One Learned From 'Oldboy': Remake Of Kim Jee-Woon's ‘I Saw The Devil’ In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 9:38 AM
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I Saw The Devil
You would think the colossal flop of Spike Lee's "Oldboy" — earning a microscopic $4 million (to date) worldwide —would be a major warning sign to Hollywood. The challenge was not just in taking the celebrated, niche, deeply twisted, very hard-R source material and making it work within the Hollywood rulebook, it was making a mainstream audience care enough to buy tickets. Yet, despite a very lengthy marketing campaign, no one could be bothered to show up. Even worse, critics savaged it. Was there a lesson learned? Nope, not really, as yet another fantastically grim South Korean movie is going to be put through remake grinder.

Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 24, 2011 9:25 AM
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2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

The Best Films Of 2011...So Far

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 4:05 AM
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Well, today is the first day of summer, more or less the midpoint of the year, and looking back over the the first six months of 2011, it’s definitely been a bit more of a scattershot movie year compared to the arthouse heavy start of 2010. We'll be honest, compiling this list wasn't exactly easy, the year has been uneven so far, but that said, it's certainly not without highlights: Terrence Malick finally delivered his long awaited film, Woody Allen flexed some of the old magic we love him for, and Michael Winterbottom found life and heart from a familiar comic pairing, while Joe Wright moved completely in a new, exciting direction. Over at the multiplex, big summer entertainment has already made that overpriced, greasy bag of popcorn worth the price with J.J. Abrams proving that genre thrills don't have to be empty, while one of the year’s best efforts unfolded beautifully on the small screen.

Interview: Kim Ji-woon Talks Emotional Core Of 'I Saw The Devil' And The Influence Of 'Zodiac'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 8:19 AM
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Exclusive: Last week we ran a bit of news concerning Kim Ji-woon’s gestating Hollywood debut “The Last Stand” with new-fangled/old-bodied action star Liam Neeson, also spilling the beans on an early personal project the filmmaker is working on himself. Here’s the rest of our interview, in which the director discusses his chilling thriller “I Saw the Devil.” We reviewed the film during Sundance and it’s an early best of the year, an unforgettable account of human nature at its ugliest. In our conversation, Kim speaks of the emotional core he was interested in, plus the different layers to the title and his affection for David Fincher’s “Zodiac.”

Kim Ji-woon Talks Budding Melodrama Script, Spills A Bean On 'Last Stand' With Liam Neeson

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 26, 2011 5:44 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Get your hankies ready, as Korean genre master Kim Ji-Woon is going for waterworks.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For The Stylish Horror Pic 'I Saw The Devil'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 5:48 AM
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The latest from "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" director Kim Ji-Woon, "I Saw the Devil," has been doing the festival rounds for the past little while picking up strong notices at each stop. We saw the film at Sundance, calling it “ugly, gratuitous, sad, brutal, complex, and terrific,” and now a fresh, bloody red band trailer has arrived so if you haven't been swayed yet for the film, this should do the trick.

New Poster For Korean Revenge Film 'I Saw The Devil' Is Dark, Stunning

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 16, 2011 1:32 AM
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When we saw “I Saw The Devil” at Sundance, we called it “ugly, gratuitous, sad, brutal, complex, and terrific.” The film received similarly glowing notices at TIFF and Fantastic Fest and in a few weeks Magnet will be releasing the blood-soaked revenge film in theaters. To coincide with the film’s March 4th release, the indie distributors have just relvealed a beautifully designed new poster for the film. The image (via IMP Awards), which you can check out below, is a simple typeface laid over the image of a dark figure to stunning effect. Take note American films, this is how it's done.

Sundance '11 Review: 'I Saw The Devil' Is Ugly, Gratuitous, Sad, Brutal, Complex, And Terrific

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 24, 2011 5:41 AM
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Revenge flicks are generally easy for audiences to get behind -- show a person devastatingly wronged and we're down to see him get some payback. The directors, just like us, don't necessarily take a deep look into the utter meaninglessness of violent retribution, that is aside from some thrown around lines like "It won't bring her back, Michael!" Instead, we're all more interested in the thrill. There's been a few pictures to examine its fruitlessness, (Jeff Nichols's "Shotgun Stories" comes to mind) but leave it to Ji-Woon Kim, the Korean director who somehow is responsible for one of the best Westerns in the last decade (TIFF 2008 hit, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"), to really critique the genre and give it some depth with the hearty punch to the face titled "I Saw The Devil."

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