Another major deal has been made straight out of the Toronto International Film Festival as 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, A Tale of Two Sisters) absolutely astounding I Saw the Devil! We confirmed they’ll be releasing the director’s personal cut! Watch for a review soon. 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.