Korean horror movies that are a must-watch for every horror fan

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The best Korean horror movies –  I Saw the Devil (2010)

I Saw the Devil is a Korean movie released in 2010 that has been praised for its brutal depiction of revenge and the moral ambiguity it presents to the audience. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the film features a talented cast, including Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik and Jeon Kuk-hwan.

The story of I Saw the Devil follows NIS agent Soo-hyun, played by Lee Byung-hun, who seeks revenge against the murderer of his fiancée, Joo-yeon, played by Oh San-ha. With the help of his superior, played by Jeon Kuk-hwan, Soo-hyun sets out on a gruesome journey to catch the killer, Kyung-chul, played by Choi Min-sik.

Kyung-chul is a psychopathic killer who preys on young women and the film does not shy away from showcasing his brutal and sadistic nature. The audience witnesses him commit horrific acts of violence and the tension builds as he repeatedly evades Soo-hyun’s attempts to catch him. However, Soo-hyun’s relentless pursuit soon turns into a game of cat-and-mouse, as he begins to inflict his own brand of justice on Kyung-chul.

The film’s themes of revenge, violence and morality are presented in a thought-provoking way. The audience is left questioning whether Soo-hyun’s actions are justified and whether he has become just as morally corrupt as Kyung-chul in his quest for vengeance. The film does not offer any easy answers and leaves the audience to ponder on the consequences of revenge and vigilantism.

The cast of I Saw the Devil is exceptional, with Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik delivering powerful performances. Lee’s portrayal of Soo-hyun is nuanced, as he struggles with his inner demons while trying to avenge his fiancée’s death. Choi’s portrayal of Kyung-chul is equally impressive, as he embodies the character’s terrifying nature and unpredictability.

I Saw the Devil   has received widespread critical acclaim and has been recognized for its cinematic excellence. The film won several awards, including Best Director at the 2011 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and Best Film at the 2011 Sitges Film Festival. The film’s success has also led to an American remake in development.

In conclusion, I Saw the Devil is a gripping and thought-provoking film that delivers on its promise of brutal revenge and intense suspense. With exceptional performances from its cast, the film presents a complex moral dilemma that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. It is a must-watch for fans of Korean cinema and anyone looking for a challenging and thrilling viewing experience.