Korean Movie is banned from public theaters

I Saw The Devil by Kim Ji-Woon seem like a pretty bad-ass movie. The producers were hoping for an 18+ rating, but got turned down twice even after re-editing the movie. The film was given the rating ‘Limited Screening’ which only allows the film to be screened in special theaters that only show adult films. No such theater exists in Korea, meaning it is effectively banned.

The reason?

Scenes that severely damage the dignity of human values

“Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state.

Her fiance Dae-hoon, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.”

The movie itself is no underground independent flick. It is in fact one of the most hyped films of the year due to the combination of actors Lee Byung-hyun (A Bittersweet Life) and Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy) and the director of A Tale Of Two Sisters, Kim Ji-Woon. It will be screened at Toronto Film Festival in September.

I for one, will NOT miss this film.


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