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I Saw the Devil - Lee Byung Hun Special Box (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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"When you gaze into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

Director Kim Jee Woon follows The Good, The Bad, The Weird with the highly anticipated, ultra-violent revenge thriller I Saw the Devil starring two of Korea's top actors. Lee Byung Hun, who has headlined Kim's last three films, faces off against award-winning actor Choi Min Sik, who starred in Kim's first film The Quiet Family back in 1998. Relentlessly treading on the thin line between man and monster, I Saw the Devil takes the audience to dark and disturbing places in its graphic depiction of the intense, gory battle that unfolds between an unhinged murderer and the man who becomes his match in his raging quest for revenge.

The police have been hunting psychopathic serial killer Kyung Chul (Choi Min Sik) for a long time, but he slips away each time, leaving behind him a gruesome trail of blood. He has taken the lives of many in the cruelest possible ways, and his latest victim is the fiancee of government agent Soo Hyun (Lee Byung Hun). Soo Hyun vows to avenge her death at all costs, but to catch the devil, he too must become a devil.

This edition comes in a special outer case with 10 postcards, a 24-page photobook, and a bonus disc.

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Product Title: I Saw the Devil - Lee Byung Hun Special Box (DVD) (Japan Version) 看見惡魔 - 李炳憲 Special Box (DVD) (日本版) 看见恶魔 - 李炳宪 Special Box (DVD) (日本版) 悪魔を見た イ・ビョンホン スペシャルBOX 악마를 보았다
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun | Choi Min Sik 李秉憲 | 崔岷植 李秉宪 | 崔岷植 イ・ビョンホン | チェ・ミンシク 이 병헌 | 최 민식
Director: Kim Jee Woon 金 知雲 Kim Jee Woon キム・ジウン 김지운
Release Date: 2011-08-02
Publisher Product Code: BBBF-8057
Language: Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Japanese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Rating: III
Other Information: 2DVDs + Postcards
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024318002

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
イ・ビョンホン / チェ・ミンシク / オ・サナ / キム・ジウン (監督) / モグ (音楽)

本編ディスク+特典ディスク
オリジナルアウターケース仕様

[特典情報]
封入特典:大型謹製ポストカードセット(10枚)、スペシャルフォトブック(24P)/映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編144分+特典198分
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2011

[ストーリー]
ある夜、雪の夜道で車がパンクし、レッカー車の到着を待っていた若い女性が、黄色いスクールバスに乗った男に連れ去られた。地元警察は大規模な捜索を開始するが、まもなく川底から切断された頭部が発見される。人間の所業とは思えぬこのおぞましい殺人事件の被害者は、引退した重犯罪課の刑事チャンの娘ジュヨンだった。一ヵ月前にジュヨンと婚約したばかりの国家情報院捜査官スヒョン(イ・ビョンホン)は、最愛の女性を救えなかった自分のふがいなさを何度も呪う。深い絶望感に苦しむ彼は、自力で犯人を追い詰める決心をする。スヒョンはチャンが入手した捜査資料をもとに、ギョンチョル(チェ・ミンシク)という中年男が犯人だと特定。ギョンチョルとは血も涙もない凶行を繰り返し、ひたすら快楽のみを貪り尽くす常軌を逸した男。良心のかけらも持ち合わせていない悪魔そのものだった。スヒョンは彼女を殺した男に同じ苦しみを与えるため、恐ろしく冷酷な報復を誓う。残虐な殺人鬼に復讐することは、彼自身も怪物になることだとしても…。

[解説]
イ・ビョンホンが、恋人を失い、究極の憤怒と悲しみの狭間で引き裂かれていく“冷徹なる復讐者”スヒョンを演じ、好評を得た。

[受賞]
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[受賞]
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[受賞]
青龍映画賞音楽賞 ()
[受賞]
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Professional Review of "I Saw the Devil - Lee Byung Hun Special Box (DVD) (Japan Version)"

April 20, 2011

This professional review refers to I Saw the Devil (DVD) (3-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
One of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2010 also turned out to be one of the most controversial, with acclaimed Korean director Kim Jee Woon's I Saw the Devil making headlines as an extremely brutal affair that had to be cut for its original domestic release. A bleak revenge thriller revolving around a renegade agent hunting down the serial killer who butchered his woman, the film reunites Kim with top stars Lee Byung Hun, who last worked with the director on his Kimchi Western The Good, The Bad, The Weird and Choi Min Sik, who featured in his debut The Quiet Family. As expected given the multiple award winning talent involved, the film is every bit as thought provoking as it is intense, and sees Kim offering up a far darker take on his usual themes, though one which still comes with a coffin-black sense of humour - at least for those with the stomach for its scenes of gory horror.

The film kicks off with the police having been on the trail of vicious multiple murderer Kyung Chul (Choi Min Sik) for many years without ever successfully managing to track him down. Shockingly, the evil man's next victim turns out to be the pregnant fiancee of government agent Soo Hyun (Lee Byung Hun), and after killing her in particularly unpleasant fashion he finds himself being hunted by a man with nothing to lose, and who might just be even more ruthless and violent than he is.

There's no getting around the fact that I Saw the Devil is a spectacularly gruesome piece of cinema, filled with mutilation, dismemberment, rape, torture, cannibalism and more, with the screen being quite literally painted red for a fair amount of its running time. Kim has always shown himself a director with a talent for tension and for edge of the seat style nerve tweaking, and here he really notches things up in a sustained, cruel manner, the film gripping from start to finish. Although the plot effectively leaps from set piece to set piece, each out-doing the last in terms of carnage and perversity, this works well and is in-keeping with the film as a sadistic game of cat and mouse, the relationship between Kyung Chul and Soo Hyun developing unpredictably as it accelerates towards hellish self destruction. It's obvious from early on that pretty much the entire supporting cast are disposable, as the conflict between the two men relentlessly consumes everything and everyone that crosses their paths, good and evil alike.

At the same time, the film is by no means an empty exercise in shock, and Kim uses the ever shifting hunter prey dynamic as a disturbing glimpse into the worst recesses of the human psyche. Although the film is frequently excessive, its violence and sense of threat keeps it oddly believable and grounded, and it never quite tips over into extremist exploitation. As well as Kim's assured direction and a tight, knowing script, this is to a large extent down to the superb, brave performances from the two leads, both of whom bring to convincing life what could easily have been one note characters. Although Lee Byung Hun perhaps has the less complex job of portraying Soo Hyun as a man gradually transforming into the monster he pursues, willingly sacrificing his soul in the name of revenge, he does this in mesmerising style, skilfully expressing a range of emotions often without words. Similarly, whilst Choi Min Sik's killer is one of the most loathsome to pollute cinema screens for some time, he never degenerates into a pantomime villain, and indeed part of the film's real horror comes from the fact that as suffers horribly at Soo Hyun's hands, the viewer is often forced to see things from his twisted perspective.

Possibly the best thing about the film however is the fact that despite all the blood, guts and gazing into the Nietzschian abyss, Kim still manages to work in his trademark sense of ironic humour. Indeed, at least for those with a certain sensibility, the film is frequently hilarious, if for no other reason than it revolves around situations so perfectly grotesque that laughter is the only sensible reaction. Constructed with a near hysterical cruelty and featuring lashings of decidedly inappropriate slapstick, the film is the very definition of Grand Guignol exuberance, and like its protagonists walks a demented line between the civilised and the insanely macabre.

I Saw the Devil certainly isn't a film for everyone, whether they be fans of Kim Jee Woon or the high profile stars or not, and viewers with a weak disposition should probably stay away. However, for those willing to submit to its wild, often quite abominable roller coaster ride of ghastly thrills, it stands as one of the most entertaining and well crafted films of 2010, confirming Kim not only as one of the best, but the bravest and most original directors working in Korean cinema today.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "I Saw the Devil - Lee Byung Hun Special Box (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (6)

Rhoda
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August 14, 2011

This customer review refers to I Saw the Devil (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Theatrical + International Cut) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

SUPERB Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It's been a while since i made reviews for yesasia which i considered my home. Anyways, i have seen several Lee Byun Hun movies, but this one is the best for me. I love the action and the thriller. The storyline is also good. I bit gore but the story calls for it.

Anyways, this movie is worth buying and i assure you, you will love watching it over and over again.
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July 25, 2011

This customer review refers to I Saw the Devil (DVD) (3-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Murder, Torture, Revenge. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
One man Kyung Chul (Choi Min Sik) who seeks pleasure by rape and butchering his victims. Another man Soo Hyun (Lee Byung Hun) who seeks revenge on Kyung Chul by tracking him down torturing him over and over instead of killing him. Will Soo Hyun ease his pain and suffering by hunting down kyung chul to torture him only to let him go to repeat the hunt over and over . Or will Kyung Chul have the last laugh to make Soo Hyun regret for letting him live each time.
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May 1, 2011

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Bonus/Extra material Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Also.. I forgot to write... The Bonus/Extra material does NOT have English subtitle, only the movies havs Eng subtitle...
So for you who doesn't speak Korean..it's a shame, because the bonus was very interesting to watch. Still the movie itself is great so maybe you will be pleased by just watching it... :)
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April 27, 2011

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I Saw The Devil Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This DVD Version is a must have. The package includes 3 DVDs with international, theatrical cut and the making of the film. The theatrical cut include the scene 4 minutes that not change the storyline but may for someone curious to see it. These DVD is not the full Uncut Version of the film but I think this version is good enough. Summary, this version has very good packaging, kick-ass movie, very good PQ and AQ even just DVD. Im glad to bought it.
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April 27, 2011

This customer review refers to I Saw the Devil (Blu-ray) (US Version)
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I Saw the Devil Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was lucky enough to see it in the theaters when it played a limited engagement. I can honestly say I have seen the Devil. While this movie is a bit long at times it is simply an amazing movie. If you are looking for something dark, twisted, evil with lots of blood and torture then this movie is right up your alley. Hollywood could never come up with a movie like this.

the acting is pretty good. Not stellar but there are moments of greatness that overcome any faults that might come along. I will warn you this movie is not for everyone. In the theater you could see people squirm in their seats during certain scenes.
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