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Seo Young Hee (Actor) | Ji Seong Won (Actor) | Baek Soo Ryeon (Actor) | Jang Cheol Su (Director)
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Bok Nam (Seo Young Hee) lives on a remote rural island where she is cruelly abused and exploited by the men and older women of the village. Her pleas for help fall on deaf ears, as the violence and abuse worsen. She decides to run away, but her daughter gets killed while they're trying to escape the island. After losing her only reason for living, Bok Nam picks up a sickle to exact revenge, one by one, on those who drove her over the edge.

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival's International Critic's Week section, the violent thriller Bedevilled punches hard with its horrifying, two-fold tale of abuse and vengeance. Jang Cheol Su, Kim Ki Duk's former assistant director, picked up many Best New Director awards for his debut feature, which took the top prize at the 14th Puchon Fantastic Film Festival. Seo Young Hee (The Chaser) delivers a gripping performance as an innocent woman who descends into murder and madness. From abuse and apathy stem a bloody path of devastation that is harrowing, suspenseful, and not likely to be forgotten.

This edition includes audio commentary, making-of, trailer, and TV spot.

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Product Title: Bedevilled (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) Bedevilled (Blu-ray) (初回版) (韓國版) Bedevilled (Blu-ray) (初回版) (韩国版) ビー・デビル (Blu-ray) (初回版) (韓国版) 김복남 살인 사건의 전말 (블루레이) (한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 煉獄島 / 金福南 / 金福南殺人事件始末 炼狱岛 / 金福南 / 金福南杀人事件始末
Artist Name(s): Seo Young Hee (Actor) | Ji Seong Won (Actor) | Baek Soo Ryeon (Actor) 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 池善苑 (Actor) | Baek Soo Ryeon (Actor) 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 池善苑 (Actor) | Baek Soo Ryeon (Actor) ソ・ヨンヒ (Actor) | チ・ソンウォン (Actor) | パク・スリョン (Actor) 서영희 (Actor) | 지성원 (Actor) | 백수련 (Actor)
Director: Jang Cheol Su 張喆洙 张喆洙 チャン・チョルス 장철수
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-07-15
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: III
Publisher: DS Media (KR)
Other Information: 1-disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024258055

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김복남 살인 사건의 전말 (블루레이) (한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 : 1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: DTS HD 5.1
*Extras:
오디오 코멘터리: 장철수 감독, 서영희, 지성원
메이킹 필름
예고편
TV SPOT

Synopsis
은행에서 비정규직으로 일하는 해원(지성원 분)은 휴가를 받아 어렸을 때 잠시 머물렀던 무도로 향한다. 어릴 적 친구 복남(서영희 분)이 해원을 환대하지만 다른 섬주민들은 해원의 방문이 반갑지만은 않다.

복남의 배려로 편안한 휴가를 즐기며 서울에서의 스트레스를 잊어가던 해원에게 어느 날 부터인가 복남의 섬 생활이 보이기 시작한다. 사흘이 멀다 하고 남편에게 매를 맞고, 하루 종일 노예처럼 일하고, 그것도 모자라 육욕에 집착이 강한 시동생에게 성적인 학대까지 받고 있는 것이었다. 하지만 더욱 놀라운 건 섬사람 모두 복남이 처한 상황을 외면할 뿐이다. 해원 역시도 자신과 딸을 서울로 데려가 달라는 복남의 간곡한 부탁을 냉정하게 거절하게 된다. 이제 무도에서 복남을 도와 줄 사람은 아무도 없고, 복남은 이 섬에서 가장 약한 존재가 되고 만다.

눈부시게 햇볕이 내리쬐던 어느 날, 복남은 낫 한 자루를 집어 든다.
그리고 시리도록 아프고, 미치도록 잔혹한 핏빛 복수가 시작된다!
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Professional Review of "Bedevilled (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

April 8, 2011

Bedevilled emerged as one of the most hard hitting and accomplished films from Korea in 2010, a shocking and unforgettable revenge thriller starring actress Seo Young Hee (The Chaser) as a woman pushed too far. The film marked the debut feature of Jang Cheol Su, who previously worked as an assistant to angry auteur Kim Ki Duk, and so it's perhaps unsurprising that it deals in no-holds barred fashion with themes of abuse, gender politics, and of course, murder. Unusually for an uncompromising and violent outing, the film was hailed by critics around the world, premiering at the International Critic's Week at Cannes 2010 and going on to win a number of prizes and nominations for Jang Cheol Su and Seo Young Hee.

The film kicks off with cold Seoul career woman Hae Won (Ji Seong Won, also in Harmony) having a dreadful day, witnessing the brutal beating of a young woman and being pushed over the edge by the pleadings of an old woman at the bank where she works. Told by her boss in no uncertain terms to take a break, she heads to remote Moo Do Island where she grew up and where her friend Bok Nam (Seo Young Hee) still lives, whose letters she has been simply throwing unopened in the trash. She soon discovers that Bok Nam has been suffering horrific abuse at the hands of her husband and his brutish brother, not to mention being exploited by the handful of cruel old women who make up the rest of the island's tiny population. After it becomes clear that Hae Won is unlikely to help, Bok Nam grabs her young daughter and tries to flee, though is soon recaptured, the poor child dying in the process. Finally snapping, the unhinged woman grabs a sickle and takes bloody revenge.

Bedevilled is a far more morally complex and challenging film than this synopsis might suggest, and is by no means a straightforward revenge thriller in the traditional sense. Similarly, despite its setting, the film isn't an exercise in exploitative backwoods fear, nor is it an overtly feminist rant, with Seoul being portrayed as a bleak place full of random violence, and with the island being run by a monstrous matriarchy whose members are every bit as bad as Bok Nam's male abusers, reinforcing oppression and ignorance. The film also eschews a typical revenge narrative or indeed the usual patterns of victims and abusers as protagonists, beginning with Hae Won as the main character, and later shifting to Bok Nam, only for things to be turned on their head when she turns devilish aggressor.

With Bok Nam being the only sympathetic character, director Jang immediately forces the viewer to face the full horror of her existence, pulling no punches in his depictions of her being beaten around, sexually abused and mistreated in every way possible, physically and emotionally. However, at the same time, whilst the blame clearly lies with the island's inhabitants and perhaps to a greater extent to Hae Won, it is also suggested that the apathy and acceptance that she has fallen into make her to a degree complicit in her fate. It's this kind of complexity and painful humanity which really marks Bedevilled as such an accomplished work, and Seo Young Hee's multi-layered performance gives her role the substance it needs, being one of the best and bravest from an actress anywhere in 2010. Her transformation from victim to killer is wholly believable, never falling back on either the usual damsel in distress or wide eyed lunatic riffs, and as a result the viewer is dragged along with her on what proves to be a truly devastating journey.

While the brutal power struggle and battle between the sexes at the heart of the film, characterised almost entirely by abuse and violence (summed up in stunning fashion in a disturbing scene where Bok Nam fellates a knife), is certainly reminiscent of Kim Ki Duk's works, Jang goes for a more gripping narrative approach, melding his themes with the story rather than allowing them full reign. The film is incredibly tense throughout, with the threat of violence ever present, playing off neatly against the atmospheric rural idyll of the setting. The omnipresent air of brutality is so effective that when the film switches to Bok Nam whittling down the inhabitants of the island it never misses a beat, with her actions seeming logical and inevitable. After being terrifyingly violent for the first hour in terms of domestic and sexual abuse, the film later becomes intensely gruesome once she goes on her sickle rampage, with some spectacular scenes of throat slitting and worse. However, these are not played for kicks in the traditional slasher film manner, and work well to underline Bok Nam's decent into homicidal monstrousness, putting the viewer in the difficult position of not knowing whether to root for her or not.

Bedevilled really is one of the toughest and most powerful films from Korea in recent years, and is more than deserving of its praise. Anchored by a stunning performance from the talented Seo Young Hee, it stands as a must-see for anyone brave enough to run its emotionally draining gauntlet.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Bedevilled (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (5)

Johann Arief
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February 29, 2012

resolution Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Yeah this movie one of the best.
Really enjoy it and love the thrill sensation.
But can you priovide the resolution for da blu ray korean version
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August 3, 2011

2 people found this review helpful

A masterpiece, but not apt for everybody. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The movie builds up slowly, yet firm and steady. After the first hour, it has grabbed your guts without your even noticing it, and it simply won't let go until the very end. The story is quite over the top, that is very much true, but serves perfectly as a vehicle to trigger the deepest, most contradictory emotions. One feels sorry for the killer, feels good when she kills, just can't wait for the victims to be killed as painfully as possible. What a powerful film!! South Korean movie makers are, at this point, among the very best in the world, no doubt about it. Technically impeccable, they have mastered script writing, setting, directing, acting, and all aspects related to this art. Yes, it is entertainment, but is also art, and the most powerful one, as it is able to trigger such hidden, dark emotions. The last shot of the movie (this is not really a spoiler) of the woman body fusing with the profile of the island was so beautiful and unexpected that it truly gave me a real thrill. Then, the images and music as the end titles roll leave you with the most tender and saddest feelings after the almost unbearable realistic horror ride. Realistic not because of the blood, which is generous, but not over the top; realistic because of the way it touches and manipulates, for the best, our darkest emotions. Once again, I must say that Asian cinema is, nowadays, far, very far ahead of European and especially US cinema. Uncompromising, entertaining and always surprising...doesn't it sound just the opposite to the rutinary, boring and utterly predictable US movies?
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July 25, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

Just wanting to live a happy life Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
With memories of a somewhat happy childhood with minor happy moments in the present. Bedeviled is a very sad movie turned into a massacre. Life is tough. some people are kind, some only care for themselves, educated or not people can be cruel, but above all else. Living a peaceful happy life is what everyone desires. This didn't happen with Bok-nam. Delighted her best childhood friend Hae-won(pretty I must say, remember her from Princess Jamyung) had returned to the island for a vacation. Bok-nam hopes she can possibly leave the island to live in Seoul with her friend. Hae-won having her own problems and not wanting to deal with other people's problems ignores her friends request and puts a blind eye to avoid trouble. Now the island folk are normally nice people, but this little island brought nothing but abuse and torment to Bok-nam. Being married to a husband possibly not by her own will, beaten daily, raped by the men on the island. You name it, but that didn't bother Bok-nam. Did I mention Bok-nam had a little girl? Now the island folk has gone too far as the husband and the rest of the people have crossed the line doing something terrible that shattered Bok-nam's sanity.

A gruesome, dark, and suspenseful thriller/drama, but it does have its slight happy moments. I was a bit disappointed at the packaging but hidden inside are 3 autographed photos. At least there's some writing on the back of each photo that looks like an autographed. It's dated too!
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February 21, 2011

This customer review refers to Bedevilled (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
When Sanity Loses Control Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
“Bedevilled” is a violent, sad story of silent sufferance, ignorance, and brutal revenge. Beginning with Hae-won, who stressed out after witnessing a street gang molestation and murder of a prostitute and also losing her cool with a work college, needs to take a short vacation. So temporally leaving her Seoul bank job, Hae-won travels by boat to an island called Moo-do, where Hae-won used to live as a child with her grandfather. Arriving at the island Hae-won meets up with her childhood friend Bok-nam, who she’d taught to play the music recorder when both were kids, and stays with Bok-nam and her husband Man-jung and a group of busy body religious fearing ‘aunts’. But Hae-won finds the island atmos tense and prickly. Bok-nam, although very pleasant natured, is each day strictly forced to reap field stock and bee keeping, while Man-jung blatantly keeps his sex drive happy having ‘sessions’ with ‘imported’ Seoul prostitutes at their humble island dwellings. The ‘aunts’ also like to sit and chatter amongst themselves about how lucky Bok-nam is, while she works her butt off!

As Hae-won mostly sleeps off her ‘holiday’ period, the plot then focus on Bok-nam’s problems. No doubt Bok-nam is controlled with an iron fist, Man-young coldly demanding sex from her (when call girls are absent), beating her and ordering Bok-man to prepare meals and toil the fields - this ‘being her duty’. But if Bok-nam is ‘insolent’ (i.e. stands her ground), Man-jung beats and kicks her and tells her to ‘put some bean paste on her wounds’. But salt is ‘rubbed’ in, too! While Bok-nam sweats, bleeds and suffers with a smile, the lazy ‘aunts’ like a brood of vipers, constantly ‘remind’ Bok-nam that by Man-jung taking her in as wife with her little daughter Yeon-hee out of sympathy, Bok-nam should be eternally grateful (albeit her ‘husband’ kicking the heck out of her). But tolerant Bok-nam then discovers rampant-sex-fiend Man-jung getting the hots for his step-daughter Yeon-hee. Bok-nam panics asking her sleepy city friend Hae-won to take her and Yeon-hee away to Seoul. But Hae-won refuses, so Bok-man hurriedly takes her daughter and runs away. But after a dismal attempt at escaping her prison life, Bok-nam is captured by Man-jung, who then beats her and Yeon-hee, causing a fatal accident. At this point Bok-nam snaps her gasket, screams at her husband and ‘aunts’ for treating her horribly for so long, and what follows is a bloody intense massacre of revenge!
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February 21, 2011

This customer review refers to Bedevilled (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
Pressured by Madness and Intolerance Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although actress Seong-won Ji as Hae-won takes main lead to begin with, its no doubt Young-hee Seo as suffering village hand Bok-nam whose the main ‘thrust’ here (and believe me there’s lots of thrusting things in “Bedevilled”), and what a bloody great little actress she is. When I first watched her in “Moodori” (she’s also in The Chaser) I knew Young-hee would cut the mustard! (Yes, I need tablets for puns :/). Whenever Young-hee is about you can generally find some bloodletting, but as Bok-nam in “Bedevilled” she’s a frighteningly severe Lady Mania! After all the brutality and ignorance Bok-nam suffers, she certainly lets rip in the bloodiest of ways. Expect nasty sharp protruding pointy objects being thrust bloodily into fleshy things, along with severed limbs and heads being cut off, and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store here. The nastiness, however, as undercurrents of black humour with an ending that can be taken one way or another; some will feel it caricatured and over sentimentalised. But it’s tinged with relevant sadness. Bok-nam pretty well represents the ‘down trodden’ of being subjugated to a constant barrage of brutality, molestation, lies, intolerance and hierarchal arrogance. But Bok-nam the sheep mentally snaps with a blooded scyth! The only thing I wondered about is when the director shouted ‘cut!’ did that stop Young-hee? :/

Its interesting how the main character of Hae-won is suddenly switched to Bok-nam. I also thought about the bedevilled bit. At the beginning Hae-won seemed blighted by bad luck getting messed about as a witness to a street crime/murder and then bullied by the gang outside a police station car park. Hae-won also lacks tact and feeling in her job, refusing to help an old woman in debt and slapping a work college who Hae-won believed had locked her in her work’s WC cubical, after berating the girl’s conduct. Hae-won’s curt attitude seemed to magnetise bad karma. But the bedevilled is no doubt the broken Bok-man, screwed up left, right and centre and by her daughter Yeon-hee being killed - well, that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The revenge isn’t sweet (it never is) as living by the scythe generally means dying by something equivalent, and revenge is never a reward for the soul without it being consumed by ‘justice’! But certainly a brutal gory K-horror here with superb acting from Young-hee (God, she scared me!). DVD set is slipcased with 4 nice scene postcards inside and also region ALL.
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